Middle Georgia State College

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Not to be confused with Middle Georgia Technical College.
Middle Georgia State College
MGSC logo adopted February 2013.jpg
Established 2013 (2013)
Type Public State College
President Dr. Christopher Blake
Admin. staff 425
Undergraduates 8,150
Location Macon, Georgia, USA
32°48′26″N 83°43′56″W / 32.80716°N 83.732226°W / 32.80716; -83.732226Coordinates: 32°48′26″N 83°43′56″W / 32.80716°N 83.732226°W / 32.80716; -83.732226
Campus Multiple Campuses
Colors Purple/Black/Silver/Gray                 
Sports Men's and Women's basketball, Baseball (Men), Softball (Women), Men's and Women's soccer, Men's and Women's tennis
Mascot Knights
Affiliations NAIA, SSAC
Website http://www.mga.edu/

Middle Georgia State College is a public, four-year, residential institution offering bachelor's and associate's degrees, as well as some certificates, to students on five campuses in Middle Georgia, and online everywhere.

Composition[edit]

As of Fall semester 2013, the combined enrollment of Middle Georgia State was 8,150.

The new college has five campuses located in these cities:

Macon
This is the main campus, with more than 400 acres, and is located in the western section of Bibb County. There are more than a dozen major buildings and a scenic lake. A new recreation and wellness facility which includes state of the art fitness equipment and a lazy river opened in the Spring of 2014. The campus has one student dormitory with more than 300 beds.
Cochran
This historic campus of 182 acres dates back to 1884 and is shaded, scenic and traditional, with a lake and stately white-columned classroom buildings. The campus has excellent facilities for the college's intercollegiate baseball, basketball, soccer,softball and tennis programs, as well as several student dormitories.
Dublin
This 49-acre campus includes a main library building with classrooms and computer labs, and an annex, which hosts a nursing program.
Eastman
Eastman Campus at the Heart of Georgia Regional Airport
This 22-acre campus is home to the college's School of Aviation. It is the only campus in the University System of Georgia that includes flight training and airport management programs, and is adjacent to a regional airport. The campus has one dormitory.
Warner Robins
This 72-acre campus is located just a half mile from the main gate of Robins Air Force Base. Three academic buildings, which include a bookstore, recreation and fitness center, and a cafe, are situated adjacent to the Nola Brantley Public Library.
Robins Resident Center
This is located in an office building on Robins Air Force Base and provides educational opportunities for military and civilian personnel located on the base.

Academic programs[edit]

Middle Georgia State offers 17 bachelor's degrees, including Biology, Business Administration, Business and Information Technology, Criminal Justice, Early Childhood Special Education, English, Health Services Administration, History, Information Technology, Interdisciplinary Studies, Mathematics, Middle Grades Education, New Media and Communications, Nursing, Psychology, Public Service, and Respiratory Therapy.

In addition, the college offers more than 30 associate's degrees and about 20 certificates, many of which are aimed at the aviation industry. The college's associate's and certificate programs on the Eastman Campus are devoted almost exclusively to aviation disciplines.

The college also operates the Georgia Academy of Mathematics, Engineering and Science (GAMES), a residential joint enrollment program that allows students to simultaneously earn a high school diploma and an Associate's degree. Students participating in the GAMES program reside in dedicated facilities at the Cochran campus, which accommodates their unique needs.[1]

Naming of new mascot[edit]

Middle Georgia State is the product of the consolidation of what had been Macon State and Middle Georgia colleges. As a result, in the fall of 2012, as the two colleges were preparing to consolidate, more than 830 students at Macon State and more than 250 students at Middle Georgia voted to select a new mascot. They chose from among three options: Knights, Thrashers and Thunderbirds. Voting took place electronically from all five campuses. Knights was the clear favorite. Some students suggested Knights would be a practical combination of the existing mascots of the two colleges. Macon State’s mascot, the Blue Storm (as well as its previous mascot, the mustang) had a horse as its key figure; Middle Georgia’s mascot was the Warriors. It was argued that a knight is a warrior often seen fighting while riding a horse, and also was seen as chivalrous, noble and strong.

Selection of school colors[edit]

With the selection of a mascot, students next voted on new school colors. They selected from three sets of colors. In addition to an option with purple as the dominant color, the other choices were navy blue and silver/gray, and black and gold. The purple option won with 42.7 percent of the 1,013 votes cast. A design company prepared the color options, and it was noted prior to the vote that the color purple was proposed not only because it is frequently used with knights, but because it was a combination of the color red (from Middle Georgia’s existing colors) and blue (from Macon State’s existing colors).

Selection of mascot design[edit]

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Students selected from two sets of designs, both of them prepared by the same company that proposed the colors. The voting was nearly identical among students both at Macon State and Middle Georgia colleges— nearly 91 percent of all students favored a design in the shape of a shield, including the dominant letters of MGS, under which is a side view of a knight carrying a lance while riding on a horse.

Presidents[edit]

  • January–December 2013: Dr. John Black, interim president
  • January 2014 – present: Dr. Christopher Blake

University System of Georgia Chancellor Hank Huckaby appointed Dr. John Black, president emeritus of East Georgia State College, to serve as the interim president at Macon State College, effective July 1, 2012. Black was re-appointed as interim president of Middle Georgia State College when the new college was created in January 2013. His term ended in December 2013, and Dr. Christopher Blake assumed the presidency on January 2, 2014. [2]

Athletics[edit]

Middle Georgia State College sponsors intercollegiate athletics teams in eight sports: men's and women's basketball, men's and women's tennis, baseball, softball, and men's and women's soccer, all of which compete in facilities on the Cochran campus. For many years the school's teams participated in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) and the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association (GCAA) conference. In the fall of 2014 the college joined the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). The college also fields a club football team, which competes as a member of the NCFA.[3]

History[edit]

Middle Georgia State College was formed in January 2013 with the consolidation of Macon State College and Middle Georgia College.

Macon State College[edit]

1965–1996[edit]

Macon State College began in 1965, when the University System of Georgia's Board of Regents passed a resolution to create a public two-year college in central Georgia. Subsequently, the voters of Bibb County approved a bond issue to fund the college.

Macon Junior College, as it was then known, opened its doors in 1968 to the largest enrollment ever for a new state college in Georgia. In 1970, the Board of Regents directed Macon Junior College to serve civilian and military employees at Robins Air Force Base. The Robins Resident Center, located on the base, was subsequently established.

As several other junior colleges had recently gained four-year status, many speculated that Macon's would as well. However, the change took some time. It was not until 1983 that a statewide needs assessment indicated that the Macon area was underserved by state higher education. In 1987, the Regents removed "Junior" from the college's name but Macon College remained a two-year school.

In 1989, the college's president, Dr. S. Aaron Hyatt, asked the state to grant the college senior status. The following year, 25,000 local citizens signed a petition supporting the move, but state budget cuts prevented the issue from advancing.

1997–2012[edit]

Over the next several years, the topic was repeatedly discussed, and "senior status" was often recommended by University System consultants, but it would be 1996 before the Regents finally approved a change in mission and the introduction of the Bachelor of Science degree. Later that year, the school became known as "Macon State College" to indicate the new status. Both changes formally took effect in 1997. The first bachelor's degrees were awarded in May 1999.

During the fall 2007 convocation President David Bell mentioned that the Board of Regents estimates Macon State’s enrollment will hit 10,000 by 2020. To accommodate these expectations the College will have to grow to include a more complex mission with additional four-year programs, graduate degrees in appropriate areas and residential housing.

In the same speech, Bell also announced that with this growth the college would have to reorganize from divisions into schools. He then announced the official foundation of the School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Education, the School of Information Technology, the School of Nursing & Health Sciences, and the School of Business. Dr. Robert Kelly was then named the first dean of the School of Arts and Sciences.

In April 2010, the president announced that the college had assumed operations of a 300+ apartment complex adjacent to the Macon campus. The units are available only to Macon State students and opened as student housing for the Fall 2010 semester. The housing initiative was part of a new Residence Life program that included new student activities.

In the fall of 2010, Bell announced that he would end his term as president in June 2011. In July 2011, Dr. Jeffery S. Allbritten, who had been serving as president of the Collier County Campus of Edison State College in Naples, Florida, assumed office as Macon State's new president. He held the position for only 12 months and left in June 2012, to be replaced by Dr. John Black, who began in July 2012 and served as interim president until December 2013.

Middle Georgia College[edit]

1884–1898[edit]

Middle Georgia College dates back to the establishment of New Ebenezer College, which occupied the site of the current Cochran Campus of Middle Georgia State College and was established in 1884 by the New Ebenezer Baptist Association. The association was composed largely of Baptist churches in Pulaski, Dodge, Laurens, and Telfair counties.

The first building on the campus was completed in 1886, and classes were first held in 1887 with approximately 100 students. The New Ebenezer Baptist Association discontinued their financial support for their namesake college in 1898, forcing the school to close its doors.

1898–1919[edit]

The college's building served as a high school for the city of Cochran until 1913, when the high school moved. No documentation exists regarding the facilities from 1913–1919, leading to the presumption that it was unoccupied during that time.

1919–1931[edit]

In 1919, the Georgia State College of Agricultural and Mechanic Arts (a division of the University of Georgia) opened a branch dedicated to serving the needs of the 12th congressional district in the building formerly used by New Ebenezer College. In 1927, the school's name was changed to Middle Georgia Agricultural and Mechanical Junior College, though it remained a branch of the state agricultural school. In 1929, the school's name was changed to Middle Georgia College and responsibility for its operation was given to a nine-person board of trustees.

1931–2012[edit]

MGC was finally made an independent institution in 1931, when it was created as one of the original units of the newly created University System of Georgia.

During World War II, MGC hosted the 50th College Training Detachment of the U.S. Army Air Force and graduated 17 classes of aviation students from March 1943 – July 1944.

In 1964, Dr. Louis C. Alderman, Jr. become president. Many new buildings as well as renovations of existing facilities marked his tenure in growing the college's reputation, academic excellence, and campus beauty. During this term, the Dublin Campus was opened in 1984. Dr. Alderman died on December 13, 1987, having served the longest term of any past or subsequent president of the college. Alderman Community Hall was dedicated to his memory on May 21, 2009.

A new program and campus was added to the school in 2007, when the Georgia Aviation Technical College in Eastman was merged with Middle Georgia College.

2013–present[edit]

In January 2012, the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia approved the merger of Macon State College with Middle Georgia College.[4] The Board of Regents approved the name change to Middle Georgia State College on Tuesday, May 8, 2012 and also laid out a path for elevating the consolidated institution to university status after a review process. [1] During the ensuing seven months, a consolidated group of administrators prepared documents for submission to and review by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the regional accrediting agency. SACS gave its approval of the consolidation in December 2012,[5] and the Board of Regents acted to make the consolidation official, effective immediately, on Jan. 8, 2013.

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