ATLANTA - The consolidation of Gainesville State College and North Georgia College & State University took another step forward today with the University System of Georgia (USG) Board of Regents' actions on the mission statement and name of the institution formed through the consolidation.
The board approved the name University of North Georgia for the new institution created through the consolidation of North Georgia College & State University (North Georgia) and Gainesville State College (GSC).
"Naming a university is a rare opportunity," said Dr. Bonita C. Jacobs, president of North Georgia College & State University. "University of North Georgia is a forward-looking name that creates a strong identity for this new university that spans a large geographic region and that will have such a broad array of educational programs serving a student population of more than 15,000."
Gainesville State College President Martha T. Nesbitt responded to the vote by saying, "I am very happy with the new name as it focuses on the regional character of the new multi-campus institution. This aspect also plays an important part of the mission statement of the new university."
"Names are critical," Shelley Nickel, USG associate vice chancellor for Planning and Implementation, said in presenting the proposed names and mission statements to the regents. "They establish the identity and set the tone for the new institution. As such, the names represent a tremendous amount of work and the involvement of a very broad spectrum of stakeholders. The implementation teams are to be commended for their very open and inclusive work."
North Georgia and GSC engaged thousands of stakeholders