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Not to be confused with Middle Georgia Technical College.
Middle Georgia State University
Middle Georgia State University logo.jpg
Former names
Macon State College, Middle Georgia College, Middle Georgia State College
Established 1884 (1884)
Type Public State University
President Dr. Christopher Blake
Provost Dr. Martha Venn
Administrative staff
650
Undergraduates 7,927 in fall 2014
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 Campuses in Macon, Cochran, Dublin, Eastman and Warner Robins
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 (costumed mascot named Duke)
Affiliations NAIA, SSAC
Website http://www.mga.edu/

Middle Georgia State University is a public, four-year, residential unit of the University System of Georgia. Middle Georgia State offers bachelor's and associate's degrees, as well as some certificates, to students on five campuses in Middle Georgia, and online everywhere.

The institution has its origins dating to 1884, although it has changed significantly since 2012. Two established institutions were merged and became a new "state college" in 2013, and on July 1, 2015 that state college was renamed as Middle Georgia State University.[1] The academic programs of the two legacy institutions were consolidated, and online classes were added to open those programs to more citizens on and off the campuses.

Academic programs[edit]

The university 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 university offers associate's degrees and some certificates, many of which are aimed at the aviation industry. The university's associate's and certificate programs on the Eastman Campus are devoted almost exclusively to aviation disciplines.

Middle Georgia State has been approved by the Board of Regents to offer two master's degrees, including Information Technology with a focus on cybersecurity or health informatics, and Nursing, with a focus on gerontology and critical care nursing. The admission of students into those programs as well as the offering of both degrees is awaiting approval by accreditation agencies.

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

Athletics[edit]

Middle Georgia State 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, most of which compete in facilities on the Cochran campus. The soccer programs will continue to be based in Cochran, but in fall 2015 the teams will have their home games on facilities near the Macon 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 university joined the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), and the Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC). The university also fields a club football team, which competes as a member of the National Club Football Association.

Composition and the Campuses[edit]

As of fall semester 2014, the combined enrollment of Middle Georgia State was 7,927.

The new university has five campuses and one instructional site in the following locations:

Macon
Students relaxing by the swimming pool inside the recreation and wellness center on the Macon Campus.
This is the main campus, with more than 400 acres, and is located in the western section of Bibb County. This was the original main campus of one of the university's legacy institutions, Macon State College. The campus has 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
An aerial view of a portion of the Cochran Campus.
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. This was the original main campus of one of the university's legacy institutions, Middle Georgia College. The campus has excellent facilities for the university's intercollegiate baseball, basketball, soccer, softball and tennis programs, as well as a recreation center, and the campus has student dormitories with more than 1,100 beds.
Dublin
University lettering atop building on the Dublin Campus.
This 49-acre campus includes a main library building with classrooms and computer labs, and an annex, which hosts a nursing program.
Eastman
Looking inside a hangar on the Eastman Campus at the Heart of Georgia Regional Airport
This 22-acre campus is home to the University'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 a dormitory with 140 beds.
Warner Robins
Nursing students outside Oak Hall on the Warner Robins Campus.
This 72-acre campus is located one-half mile from the main gate of Robins Air Force Base. Three academic buildings are now in place, with a fourth to be constructed soon. The buildings include a bookstore, recreation/fitness center, cafe, and the campus is situated adjacent to the Nola Brantley Memorial 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.

Greek Life[edit]

The university will be hosting two new Greek organizations in the fall 2015 semester. Theta Xi and Kappa Sigma fraternities have announced plans to establish colonies at Middle Georgia State as the university begins to build a Greek culture. Both fraternities will be located at the Cochran Campus, although students on any campus will be eligible to join.[2]

History[edit]

Middle Georgia State became a university in July 2015 after having been formed as Middle Georgia State College in January 2013 with the consolidation of Macon State College and Middle Georgia College.

Macon State College[edit]

1965–1995[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. In 1987, the Regents removed "Junior" from the college's name but Macon College remained a two-year school.

1996–2012[edit]

In 1996 the Regents 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 announced that the academic units of the college would reorganize from divisions into schools. He 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.

In April 2010, the president announced that the college had assumed operations of a 300+ apartment complex adjacent to the Macon Campus. The units opened as student housing for the fall 2010 semester. Also 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]

1884–1919[edit]

Middle Georgia College dates back to the establishment of New Ebenezer College, which occupied the site of the current Cochran Campus 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 its financial support for their namesake college in 1898, forcing the school to close its doors.

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]

Middle Georgia College 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, Middle Georgia 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.

Middle Georgia State College[edit]

2012–2015[edit]

In January 2012, the Board of Regents set in motion the merger of Macon State College with Middle Georgia College.[3] On May 8, 2012 the Regents decided on a name for the new institution -- it would be Middle Georgia State College -- and also laid out a path for elevating the consolidated institution to university status after a review process. [1] The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the regional accrediting agency, gave its approval of the consolidation in December 2012,[4] and the Board of Regents acted to make the consolidation official, effective immediately, on Jan. 8, 2013.

As Middle Georgia State College was a new institution, the college needed a new mascot to replace the Blue Storm (of Macon State) and the Warriors (of Middle Georgia). In the fall of 2012, as the two colleges were preparing to consolidate, more than 1,000 students on the campuses of the two legacy institutions voted to select Knights as the new mascot. Students also selected new school colors of purple, black and silver, and they voted among several choices on the design of the new mascot. This was the winning image:

MGSKnightsLogo.jpg

The new institution went through several presidential changes in a short period of time. Dr. David Bell ended his long presidency of Macon State in June 2011; Dr. Jeff Allbritten ended his one-year term in June 2012; Dr. John Black, president emeritus of East Georgia State College, became interim president of Macon State, 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.[5]

On March 18, 2015, the Board of Regents approved a master's of science program in information technology, which will be offered following approval by accrediting agencies. At the same time, the Regents approved the elevation of Middle Georgia State to a state university, which took place on July 1, 2015. [6][1]

Presidents of Middle Georgia State University[edit]

  • July 2015 - present: Dr. Christopher Blake

Points of interest[edit]

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