Following such patriotic favorites as “America the Beautiful,” “Stars and Stripes Forever” and “Georgia on my Mind,” came a special tribute to Boylan. Pam Grant, assistant principal for the GMC Prep School; Lyn Chandler, community leader; John Austin Vance, GMC Class of 2010; and Sonny Harmon, GMC coach and junior college professor, each spoke about the significant influence Boylan has had on Georgia Military College, its students, faculty and staff, the community and them personally. The evening concluded with “God Bless America,” which has become the traditional closing of every concert held on campus.
Boylan became GMC’s 20th president in 1992 and is the longest serving president since the school’s founding in 1879. He is credited with restoring the reputation and financial stability of Georgia Military College, a fully accredited institution which has been ranked as one of the best community colleges in the nation. GMC serves more than 6,500 junior college students at nine thriving campuses in Georgia, as well as students across the nation through online programs established under Boylan’s leadership. Additionally, the reputation and academic excellence of the Georgia Military College Preparatory School has soared to new heights during General Boylan’s tenure, providing college-entry education and opportunity to thousands of Middle Georgia students in grades six through 12.
Boylan planned and secured the funding necessary to rebuild and renovate every structure on the GMC-Milledgeville campus, made possible the addition of previously non-existent athletic fields and facilities, and renovated, relocated, or established-as-new every Georgia Military College campus and extension center in the state.
Perhaps most importantly, Boylan’s tenure has been marked by a focus on character development among GMC’s students, establishing GMC’s reputation as a leader in “Ethics across the Curriculum” and placing the institution among the most exemplary in the nation.
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