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Georgia College History: Mr. Guy H. Wells

Mr. Wells

1934-1953

Biography

Guy Herbert Wells became the president of GSCW on July 4, 1934. The former president of Georgia Southern University was the best hope of the Board of Regents to lead the college into the future. The new president understood that he would need to modernize GSCW in terms of academics and codes of dress and personal behavior for the students. Under Well’s leadership, the college enrollment continued to rise. Wells oversaw the college during the tenure of the writer, Flannery O’Connor, and the campus’ stint as a WAVES training facility. In 1953, Wells retired from his post of President, and was granted the title of President Emeritus, to take a post with the State Department in Liberia. After his return to the states in 1954, Wells began advocating for full integration of schools in the University System of Georgia. 

Major Accomplishments

  • Wells oversaw the construction of Sanford Hall, Porter Hall, Beeson Hall, and Peabody School.
  • Wells lead campus through the Great Depression and World War II.
  • Wells liberalized dress code and school rules.
  • WAVES training facility is located on campus in support of the war effort.
  • First Golden Slipper pageant (1935).