Dr. Bonita C. Jacobs will be formally installed as president of the University of North Georgia in a ceremony set for April 26, 2013. The installation ceremony and scholarship ball that follows will be the culmination of a series of events marking Jacobs' inauguration.
The inauguration theme, "Building on a Tradition of Excellence," emphasizes the university's role as a state leadership institution and will feature activities on each of the university's four campuses. The installation ceremony will be held at 1 p.m. on the General Bill (Lipp) J. Livsey Drill Field in Dahlonega. Activities leading up to that day will include academic presentations, service projects, student events, and more.
"The inauguration will be a celebration of the University of North Georgia’s heritage and its future, as well as the unique educational experience we provide our students," Jacobs said. "UNG’s designation as a state leadership institution, its status as one of only six senior military colleges in the country, and our traditions of academic excellence and educational value have earned the university national prominence. UNG has the potential to dramatically increase the educational opportunities for students across this region and, in turn, positively impact the communities we serve."
A reception will be held on the Promenade of the Dahlonega campus following the ceremony. Later that evening, an Inaugural Scholarship Ball will be held on the Gainesville campus to raise money for student scholarships, one of Jacobs’ top priorities.
University inaugurations date back to centuries-old academic customs that formally acknowledge a change in leadership at the school's highest level. Today, university inaugurations typically occur during the year following the appointment of a new president and include a ceremonial investiture of presidential authority and various activities focused on celebrating the institution's mission and identity.
Jacobs became president of North Georgia College & State University on July 1, 2011. In January 2012, the university postponed initial inauguration plans to focus on the consolidation of North Georgia College & State University and Gainesville State College. In January 2013, the University System of Georgia Board of Regents ratified the institutions’ consolidation as the University of North Georgia.