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The President

The President

Welcome!  

Many positive changes are occurring at East Georgia State College, and each one enables us to provide you with expanded educational opportunities as a state college. Regardless of whether you are a student, parent, or community member, you are in a unique position to witness history in the making as we add to our degree offerings and accessibility. Despite these changes, however, the academic success of our students remains first and foremost as we seek to fulfill our part of Governor Deal's Complete College Georgia initiative to graduate more students by 2020.

To help students succeed and graduate, we have created a new Learning Commons with an Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) on both campuses to provide academic tutoring and advisement for all students. Each location also has a Common Grounds Coffee Shop. On the Swainsboro campus, the Learning Commons is located in the Luck Flanders Gambrell Center. It houses ACE, the Library, the Heritage Center, and Common Grounds Coffee Shop. We have purposefully designed the space to be a great venue for students to learn, engage and enjoy. In its short existence, it has already proven to be a dynamic hub for classes, tutoring, group projects, individual research, advisement, conversations and contemplation to encourage a wide variety of learning and enrichment activities. Please take advantage of all that it has to offer!

This fall, we began our first bachelor’s degree program in Biology. This new degree, coupled with twenty-one associate’s of arts degrees, are designed to offer you a host of educational and career choices. We also have collaborative agreements with Georgia Southwestern State University to provide you with access to a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with emphasis in Management, Human Resources Management or Accounting. Many students also take advantage of our collaborative agreement with Darton State College for the Associate of Science Nursing degree.

Through service-learning and community involvement, I am proud to say that our students are expanding their horizons while helping to improve and advance individuals and communities. During your years as a student at East Georgia, you will be living in a supportive and welcoming community. I hope you will plan to enjoy our history, culture and outdoor adventures, as well.

We have an active student life program as well as service, faith, and outreach organizations. Our women’s and men’s basketball teams and our men's baseball and women's fast-pitch softball teams also provide exciting games to watch with friends and family. I hope you will explore our beautiful 235-acre campus which includes Ezra Pond, a nature trail and Piney Woods, our 18-hole disc golf course. Remember, for your health, the College is a tobacco-free campus.

Our talented and dedicated faculty and staff work together as great team. All of us are committed to your academic success. Through challenging courses and dynamic student programming, our goal is to offer you every opportunity to explore, engage, and achieve. Your college years should be a time to investigate new horizons and experiences. We encourage you to seek new adventures, acquire new knowledge, learn new skills, make new friends, and reach out a hand to someone in need.

Students are the reason for the College's transformation, and this year, there will be many opportunities to shape campus life for decades to come. In the classroom, on the athletic fields, and with student organizations, you are encouraged to take an active role in building East Georgia State College as the premier state college in East Georgia.

We hope your time here is enjoyable, enlightening, and memorable. Please let us know how we can assist you in successfully completing your educational goals. Your success is our success.