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The Atlanta Pops Orchestra performed at GMC in December 2012 and are planning to hold their second concert next week in honor of GMC President Maj. Gen. Peter Boylan.

Georgia Military College (GMC) is providing an opportunity for the school family and community to say farewell to GMC President Maj. Gen. Peter Boylan before he steps down for retirement next month. 

A concert featuring the Atlanta Pops Orchestra and soloist Katie Deal will be held next week to honor Boylan’s 21 years of dedicated service as the longest serving president since the school’s founding in 1879.

“This is Gen. Boylan’s opportunity, the community’s opportunity and Georgia Military College’s opportunity to honor Gen. Boylan, is a way of bringing the orchestra to Milledgeville, and a way to thank the community for all of their support given to Georgia Military College and Gen. Boylan,” said Col. Fred Van Horn, executive vice president of GMC. “It’s a chance for all those that appreciate the 21 years of service Gen. Boylan has provided to the college and community to thank him for all of that. Likewise, Gen. Boylan will thank members of the community that attend the concert.”

The outdoor concert is slated for 7 p.m. Saturday, June 8 on the front lawn of Grant Parade on the Milledgeville campus. The community is invited to attend the event at no cost. Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal and first lady Sandra Deal are also expected to be in attendance. 

“Those who want to shake Gen. Boylan’s hand and perhaps the governor’s hand will have the chance to do so during the event,” Van Horn said.

The Atlanta Pops Orchestra first performed for the Milledgeville-Baldwin County community in December 2012 at GMC.

“This is the second time the orchestra is performing in Milledgeville. We had a full house when they performed. They are a very dynamic group. Someone once said that there’s a chord that will turn on every human heart. Atlanta Pops manages in just a two-hour concert to hit every single chord,” Van Horn said. “Everyone that comes will find something to enjoy in the concert. What a great way to head toward the Fourth of July to hear great music in the spirit of our nation.”

Becoming GMC’s 20th president in 1992, Boylan is noted as being responsible for restoring the reputation and financial stability of GMC, which is now fully accredited and has been ranked as one of the best community colleges in the nation. GMC serves more than 6,500 junior college students at 10 thriving campuses in Georgia, serves active duty military members and their families on and off military bases and posts throughout Georgia, serves students across the nation through online programs established under his leadership, and has made it possible for thousands of junior college students to transfer to four-year colleges and universities.

Lt. Gen. William B. Caldwell IV will succeed Boylan who is set to retire June 30.

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