Dear MGA Community:
Today, in a historic vote, the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia unanimously approved our status change to a state university to be named Middle Georgia State University, effective July 1, 2015. They did so upon approval of our first graduate program, a Master of Science in Information Technology, which we will begin offering in Fall 2015. My thanks and congratulations to the School of Information Technology for spearheading the design and planning of our first graduate offerings.
The Board also approved our university mission statement, which was developed by our Strategic Planning Committee and approved by the Faculty Senate last month: “Middle Georgia State University educates and graduates inspired, lifelong learners whose scholarship and careers enhance the region through professional leadership, innovative partnerships and community engagement.”
These decisions by the Board bring us to an important milestone—a moment first foretold nearly three years ago, when the board resolved to create Middle Georgia State College out of Macon State College and Middle Georgia College. I am delighted at the progress that has brought us to this point and grateful to the many people who have supported our journey from consolidation to this momentous occasion.
Tomorrow morning at 9:30am, I shall deliver a short address to outline what university status means for faculty, for current and future students, and for the communities in which we live and work. I am authorizing a break from regularly scheduled classes and duties for faculty, staff, and students to gather for the address. It will be delivered in the Banquet Hall at the Professional Sciences Center on our Macon campus and livestreamed to Cochran, Dublin, Eastman, and Warner Robins at this link: http://www.mga.edu/live.
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I look forward to continuing the preparations for our new beginning as a University. Today we celebrate that new beginning!
Christopher Blake, Ph.D.
Middle Georgia State College (University starting July 1)