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Georgia College History: Frequently Asked Questions


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Q: What are the names and tenure of all GC Presidents?
A: The GC Presidents are as follows:

Dr. J. Harris Chappell, 1891-1905 
Dr. Marvin McTyeire Parks, 1905-1927 
Dr. J. Luther Beeson, 1927-1934 
Dr. Guy Herbert Wells, 1934-1953 
Dr. Henry King Stanford, 1953-1956 
Dr. Robert E. ("Buzz") Lee, 1956-1967 
Dr. J. Whitney Bunting, 1968-1981 
Dr. Edwin G. Speir, Jr., 1981-1996 
Dr. Ralph W. Hemphill (Acting President), January 1997-July 1997 
Dr. Rosemary DePaolo, August 1997-June 2003 
Dr. David G. Brown, (Interim President) July 2003-December 2003 
Dr. Dorothy Leland, January 2004-2011
Dr. Stas Preczewski, (Interim President) July 2011 - July 2012
Dr. Paul Jones, (Interim President) July 2012 - August 31, 2012
Dr. Steven Dorman, September 2012 - Present

Q: When did GC become co-educational?
A: In the spring of 1967.

Q: Has this institution always been called GC?
A: No, we have had six different names:

Georgia Normal & Industrial College (GN&IC), 1889-1922 
Georgia State College for Women (GSCW), 1922-1961 
The Woman's College of Georgia (WCG), 1961-1967 
Georgia College at Milledgeville (GCM), 1967-1971 
Georgia College (GC), 1971-1996 
Georgia College & State University (GCSU), 1996-

Q: When did classes officially begin at GN&IC?
A: Classes began September 30, 1891. There were 88 students representing 52 Georgia counties.

Q: When was the first commencement held?
A: June 19, 1892

Q: When were the first Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees conferred?
A: 1921.

Q: When was the first graduate program offered?
A: The Master of Education degree program was instituted in the summer of 1958.

Q: When did GC become a part of the University System of Georgia?
A: January 1, 1932 - as did the other 26 state-supported colleges and universities.

Q: When did GC integrate?
A: The first African-American student entered WCG in the summer of 1964.

Q: Why are there no college records prior to 1924?
A: Because all official records were housed in the Main Building which burned in early December 1924.

Q: Where can I find information about former faculty?
A: We recommend that you begin your search in the University Archives.

Q: Where can I find old yearbooks and college catalogs?
A: GC Archives, Special Collections, 2nd floor, LITC

Q: What is the name of the yearbook?
A: The yearbook has enjoyed several names over the years. Below is a listing of all print yearbooks that can be found in University Archives:

1904 Snap Shots 
1910 The Brown Book 
1914 GNIC 
1916 The Senior 
1917 The Spectrum 
1919 The Senior 
1923-1925 The Senior 
1926-1979 The Spectrum 
1983-1984 The Spectrum 
1988-1989 The Spectrum