DATE: Thursday, July 19, 2012
SGC-WC Send Five Potential Names for Consolidated Institution to Board of
The South Georgia College-Waycross College consolidation working group, made
up of 20 individuals representing both institutions, has submitted the
following five names (in alphabetical order) to the University System of
Georgia’s Board of Regents:
Georgia Southeastern State College
Satilla State College
South Georgia College
South Georgia State College, and
Southeast Georgia State College.
The names will be considered by the regents during the Board’s August 7-8
meeting, with the regents expected to select and approve a final name for
the new institution.
This marks the completion of one of the key initial tasks of the
consolidation as set forth by the USG and Chancellor Hank Huckaby. Upon
approval of the consolidation by the Board of Regents in January, Chancellor
Huckaby appointed a team made up of faculty, staff, students, alumni, and
community members from both Colleges to serve on a consolidation working
The group serves in an advisory role to discuss a variety of topics related
to the consolidation process and is charged with developing various
recommendations for consolidation to be presented to the Board of Regents
The names were selected from 425 submissions that were the result of the
working group’s creation of guidelines that allowed individuals from both
institutions to contribute. Participants were asked to consider the
following factors when providing a suggestion:
The new institution will be a statewide, multi-campus
institution initially serving over 3,000 students.
Its name should support the institution’s mission and
serve to strengthen its academic reputation.
The name should aid in the institution’s long-term
growth as well as be easily incorporated into the college’s branding
The name should also aid in enhancing economic
development for Georgia.
The College will be designated as a state college by the
University System; thus the word “university” cannot be included.
Dr. Mary Ellen Wilson, Interim President of Waycross College, said, "This
level of response validates that our institutions are integral to this
region and have a great deal of support, which is exciting about what our
future potential is as we move forward.”
Dr. Virginia Carson, SGC President and president of the consolidated
institution, said, “This was a challenging task and I am grateful to each
member of this committee who has worked so hard to help lay the framework of
the new and enhanced institution we are shaping."
Following the designation of a name by the regents in August, the
consolidation will seek another level of approval from the Southern
Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS COC) at its
December 2012 Board meeting. Any name which is determined by the Regents
cannot be used until SACS COC approval is gained.
Whatever its name, the new consolidated College will be a multi-campus
institution. Thus, it will have a Douglas Campus as well as a Waycross
Campus. These campus designations, or identifiers, will be utilized in all
aspects of the College, particularly in recruiting and marketing materials.
"I am excited about the next phase of this process and look forward to the
enhanced educational opportunities for all students as well as the broadened
economic impact we can make once fully implemented," Dr. Carson said.
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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.