DATE: Thursday, May 24, 2012
South Georgia College, Waycross College Seek Input for Name of
South Georgia College and Waycross College have entered a
new phase of the consolidation process – giving a name to the new
“South Georgia College and Waycross College will form a multi-campus
institution with statewide reach. This new institution will provide enhanced
educational opportunities and additional economic impact for Georgia,” said
Dr. Virginia Carson, president of South Georgia College who will also serve
as president of the new institution. “Naming the new institution is a very
important endeavor and establishes the institution’s identity.”
Faculty, staff, students, and alumni from both campuses, as well as members
of the Douglas and Waycross communities, are welcome to submit suggestions,
said Dr. Mary Ellen Wilson, interim president of Waycross College.
“Waycross College and South Georgia College jointly believe it is important
to solicit feedback from our campus and community stakeholders,” she said.
“Individuals, businesses, and community and government leaders are invited
to participate in this process.”
Drs. Carson and Wilson have established five parameters to aid in the
submission of potential names.
“The new institution will be a statewide institution, initially serving
3,000 students. Its name should support the institution’s mission and serve
to strengthen its academic reputation,” said Dr. Carson.
Dr. Wilson said the name should aid in the institution’s long-term growth as
well as be easily incorporated into the college’s branding efforts.
“The name should also aid in enhancing economic development for Georgia,”
Because the new institution will be designated as a state college by the
University System of Georgia’s Board of Regents, Dr. Carson said the word
“university” cannot be included.
Suggestions may be received in writing or through the completion of an
online suggestion form, a link to which will be provided on the homepage of
each institution’s website. The suggestion form can be accessed on
SGC’s site by clicking here:
The deadline to receive suggestions is Monday, June 18. A final decision
will be made by the Board of Regents in August.
The consolidation process is the initiative of USG Chancellor Hank Huckaby,
who envisions consolidation as an important part of his program to create
greater efficiencies in the USG’s operations while enhancing academic
opportunities for students.
When he announced the consolidation plan in January, Huckaby said, “Georgia
needs more of its citizens completing some level of postsecondary education.
But we have to achieve this goal by considering some different approaches –
approaches that put the needs of our students and the imperative to reach
this goal first and foremost.”
For more information regarding the naming of the institution or to submit
suggestions in writing:
Director of Community and Foundation
Relations at South Georgia College
100 West College Park Drive
Douglas, GA, 31533
Director of Development and
Community ServicesWaycross College
2001 South Georgia Parkway
Waycross, GA, 31503
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About South Georgia College
South Georgia College (www.sgc.edu)
was founded in 1906 and is located in Douglas, Ga. The college's environment
gives students exceptional opportunities for interdisciplinary study and
close collaboration with faculty. With over 20 majors and transfer
opportunities, South Georgia College provides the finest education possible
to the citizens of its service area.