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UNG president to speak at education summit

Jacobs at summit 2016
Dr. Bonita C. Jacobs speaks to faculty and staff at the 2016 Faculty Staff Convocation on UNG's Dahlonega Campus.

Dr. Bonita C. Jacobs, president of the University of North Georgia (UNG), will speak Oct. 28 at the North Georgia Regional Education Summit, where she will provide the welcome address and provide an update on UNG and the University System of Georgia (USG).

The North Georgia Regional Education Summit is designed to discuss how public education will serve and lead the region for the long term future. Other speakers at the event include:

  • Dr. Dana Rickman, policy and research director, Georgia Partnership for Excellent in Education – keynote address
  • Dr. Ray Perren, president, Lanier Technical College – state of Lanier Technical College and Technical College System of Georgia update
  • Dr. Jeff Bearden, superintendent, Forsyth County Schools – state of Forsyth County Schools and system update
  • Rope Roberts, region economic development manager, Georgia Power Foundation, Inc. – business community engagement in education

The summit will also feature a panel discussion with additional speakers, and tours of career and technical education labs at South Forsyth High School.

UNG, which has campuses in Blue Ridge, Cumming, Dahlonega, Gainesville, and Oconee County, has an enrollment this fall of more than 18,000 students. The university draws about 80 percent of its students from a 30-county area in northeast Georgia. An annual study of the USG's economic impact showed that UNG had a $545 million impact on the communities in its region during fiscal year 2015, up 25 percent, or $111 million, from the previous year.

"In addition to the important role UNG plays in educating students, the university has a significant and increasing economic impact on northeast Georgia," Jacobs said. "The value the university adds to the region's quality of life and cultural opportunities, the health of our communities, and the preparation of a highly educated workforce to meet the region's needs is tremendous."

UNG also had a regional employment impact of 5,590 jobs in the same period. The employment impact includes on-campus positions and off-campus jobs that exist due to the institution.

The summit is free to attend, but requires registration. It will be held at the Forsyth Conference Center on the Lanier Technical College Forsyth Campus. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m., and the summit runs from 10 a.m. through 1 p.m., and includes lunch. Those interested in attending can also register at or by calling 770-887-6461.

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