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Former president Hugh Mills passes away

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Pictured is the dedication plaque from when the physical education complex on UNG's Gainesville Campus was dedicated to Dr. Hugh M. Mills, Jr.

Dr. Hugh M. Mills, Jr., the founding president of Gainesville Junior College, passed away on Thursday, Aug. 4. Mills was an inspiring educational leader who dedicated his career to serving the students of this region.

Hugh Mills
Dr. Hugh M. Mills, Jr.

The family is planning a private memorial ceremony, but will receive friends at a reception hosted by the university at the Gainesville Campus on Sunday, Aug. 7, from 4 to 5:30 p.m., in the Robinson Ballroom of the Student Center.

Mills served as president of Gainesville Junior College from 1965 until his retirement in 1983. The physical education complex on UNG's Gainesville Campus is named in his honor. A native of Albany, Georgia, Dr. Mills graduated from North Georgia College in 1943. He received the university's Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2003. He was also inducted into the university's Athletics Hall of Fame earlier this year for his successful basketball career in college and as a coach at the high school level in both basketball and track.

After retiring from Gainesville Junior College, Dr. Mills also served briefly as interim president of Brenau University in 1985.

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