MILLEDGEVILLE — A special celebration enlivened the Georgia Military College campus in celebration of Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Peter J. Boylan’s 21-year tenure as the institution’s president. The festivities began on Friday, June 8 with a black-tie dinner attended by 200, including members of Boylan’s family and close friends and supporters of Georgia Military College.
During the evening, Randy New, GMC Board of Trustees chairman, declared Boylan will become the school’s first president emeritus upon his retirement at the end of June.
“No other president has done more for this school than General Boylan, so the board of trustees felt it was fitting that he be given this title,” New said.
Additionally, New announced the building known as the new academic building would be renamed Peter Boylan Hall. A plaque, affixed to the outside of the building’s west wall, recognizes Boylan as a “dedicated patriot, a soldier, educator and servant leader.”
“This building represents General Boylan’s commitment to GMC and its students. As Peter Boylan Hall, it will be a lasting tribute to his great accomplishments for the betterment of our school,” said New.
The celebration continued on Saturday with a concert on Grant Parade featuring the Atlanta Pops Orchestra and soloist Katie Deal, where hundreds from the community came together to honor Boylan.
The evening began with remarks from Gov. Nathan Deal.
“General Boylan, your heart for this institution has left a powerful impression that will not easily be forgotten in this community. I would wager to say that we could explore most every part of this campus and see your hand everywhere we go,” said Deal. “Thank you for the leadership and love you have shown for this school, community and your country. Without your guidance, we would certainly not have the GMC that we do today.”