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Georgia College History: Timeline And Major Events
Throughout our history Georgia College has gone through many changes. In our earliest days, we slowly built upon the what use to be called Penitentiary Square. We added dormitories, classroom buildings, and public spaces for the students and faculty. This is just a small list of some of the major events to occur on campus.
Georgia College Timeline
The History of Georgia College & State University
8 November 1889 - Georgia Legislative Act 590 establishes the Georgia Normal and Industrial College (GN&IC). Its early mission is to educate women in Georgia so that they may earn their own living.
1890 - All of Georgia celebrates the groundbreaking of the Main Building on the Georgia Normal & Industrial College campus
1891 - The first president of the college, Dr. J. Harris Chappell, takes office. He serves as college president until 1905.
1891 - (September 30th) The first classes begin. There are 88 students epresenting 52 Georgia counties.
1891 - Peabody Model School opens as a training school for student teachers.
19 June 1892 - The first commencement is held.
1894 - A dormitory annex is added to the Governor's Mansion
Summer 1958 - The Master of Education degree program becomes the first graduate degree program offered at GSCW
1959 - The GSCW Foundation, Inc. was chartered on 28 July 1959. Its "fundamental purposes are to continue those activities that will promote the best interest of the college and to facilitate the contribution of funds and property to a tax-exempt educational corporation." (Columns 1959)
1961 - The college receives a new name: The Woman's College of Georgia (WCG)
August 2004 - A renovated Sanford Hall opens as the first Honors Residential Community. Also a rebuilt Napier, Wells, and Adams hall open.
2004 - With help from the Georgia General Assembly and the Woodruff Foundation, a painstaking restoration of the Old Governor's Mansion is completed as a historic house museum, interpreted in the years 1851-1853.
October 2005 The newly expanded and renovated Library & Instructional Technology Building is dedicated.
2005 - Renovation of the former First Methodist Church as the new Student Activities Center is completed. The Magnolia Ballroom centerpiece provides an elegant space for events and gatherings
Fall 2006- During renovations, Bell Hall is named future home to the Honors Resident Learning Community. Bell Hall is reopened at the end of September 2006.
2006- The USG Board of Regents approves the Macon Center for Graduate and Professional Learning for operation in downtown Macon by Georgia College
May 2009 - The University Foundation purchases the Newell-Watts House and Carl Vinson House. The Newell-Watts House is now home to University Communications and the Vinson House is home to the Office of Leadership Programs.
July 2009 - Dr. Sandra Jordan becomes the first Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Georgia College. (2009-2012)
November 2009 - The renovated Health Sciences Building and Parks Memorial Hall reopen
2010 - The Campus Theatre reopens after extensive restoration and renovation to become the home for the Georgia College Department of Theatre Arts and a "black box theatre" as well as the University Bookstore
July 2011 - Dr. Stas Preczewski becomes the Interim President for Georgia College
November 2011 - The Wellness and Recreation Center opens at West Campus
May 2012 - Doctorate of Nurse Practitioner program begins on campus. First doctorate program at Georgia College
September 2012 - Dr. Steve Dorman becomes the 11th President of the university
15 October 2012 - Herty Hall addition formally opened. The addition included a roof level green house, an observatory, and expanded space for offices/classrooms
August 2013 - Dr. Kelli Brown becomes the second Provost (2013-2019)
9 August 2017 - Andalusia is transferred to Georgia College
October 2017 - The HUB opens in Blackbridge Hall
October 2017 - Mayfair Hall reopens as the home to GC Admissions
October 2017 - McIntosh House reopens as the home of several academic offices
November 2017- Beeson Hall reopens as the home for instructional labs and faculty offices
2 November 2018 - Heritage Hall opens in the Russell Library building
October 2019 - Dr. Costas Spirou is named Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. He is the third Provost.
January 2020 - Dr. Irene Burgess is named inaugural Executive Director of the Andalusia Institute
January 2020 - Rural Studies Institute established. Dr. Veronica Womack is named first Executive Director
March 2020 - All classes move online for the first time due to the COVID-19 pandemic