With the University of North Georgia now made official, campus-based events are approaching on Jan. 10 to mark the beginning of a new era.
On Thursday, Jan. 10, the university’s president, Dr. Bonita C. Jacobs, will visit each campus to host pep rally-style events for students, faculty, staff, and community members. The rolling tour of campuses will begin in Dahlonega at 8 a.m. at Memorial Hall Gymnasium. Stops will follow at the Oconee Campus in Watkinsville at 10:45 a.m. in room 522, at the Gainesville campus’ Student Center at 1:30 p.m., and in Cumming at 4 p.m. in the center’s community room. The events will feature brief presentations by Jacobs and community dignitaries, refreshments and small giveaways to commemorate the event.
The University System of Georgia Board of Regents ratified the consolidations creating UNG and three other new institutions at its Jan. 8 meeting. Officials from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS), the Southeast’s accrediting organization for higher education, announced approval of the prospectus submitted by the new institutions during the SACS annual meeting in Dallas in December.
Through the University of North Georgia, students will have access to a broad range of educational opportunities and degree programs – including associate, bachelor’s and graduate degrees.
USG Chancellor Hank Huckaby announced his consolidation plan in August of 2011, and the regents approved six principles for consolidation in November of that year.
At its January 2012 meeting the regents approved the recommendations to consolidate eight institutions into four schools, and working groups on the campuses and at the system office then began the complex process of consolidation.