The Union Recorder

Opinion

September 5, 2012

New era begins as new president steps in at GC

MILLEDGEVILLE — A new era begins at Georgia College this week, as the state’s flagship liberal arts institution welcomes the 11th president in its history, Dr. Steve Dorman.

Dorman takes the helm just as Georgia College was recently named “Best in the Southeast” for the sixth consecutive year by The Princeton Review in its annual survey of regional universities and colleges.

The university was counted as one of 136 “regional best” institutions in the nation by The Princeton Review, certainly a noteworthy honor, but also one that should serve to all of us as a reminder of the educational gems and opportunities Milledgeville has to offer. From a local vantage point, it may too often be easily forgotten what the area’s institutions of higher education add to the local economic engine and what they contribute culturally to Baldwin County.

As Dr. Dorman acclimates himself to this community, the local community should also take a moment to learn more about him and what he brings to the table to contribute to this community. Dorman comes to GC after having previously served as dean and professor in the College of Health and Human Performance at the University of Florida in Gainesville. An expert in the fields of public health and health education, he holds a bachelor’s degree in biology at Lee College in Cleveland, Tenn., a master’s degree in public health and a doctorate of philosophy, both at University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Tenn. He also previously worked as professor and head of the Department of Health and Kinesiology at Texas A&M University. Before becoming head of the department, he served as professor and division chair at Texas A&M.

The recent successes of Georgia College are numerous — with the average SAT scores of incoming freshmen students increasing annually, the prestige of programs garnering national recognition, the implementation of its first doctoral program, influence abroad through the strengthening of international relations with India and input locally on the redevelopment plans for Central State Hospital.

Presiding over the rich legacy of Georgia College and charting its future as it relates not only to campus, but also to the community at-large and the college’s stakeholders, is a tremendous undertaking for anyone. Add these expectations with the search for a new university provost as well as the continuing strengthening of working ties with Georgia Military College and the Central Georgia Technical College campus as state technical college officials continue the search for its next president.

As stakeholders in the continued success of Georgia College, we welcome Dr. Dorman to the Baldwin County community, and we welcome also the expectations of continued success for the university in fulfilling its mission and its continued commitment to the local community.

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