Georgia College continues to grow its campus, and in the coming weeks and months, its reach will become even wider.
That was what GC President Dr. Steve M. Dorman told members of Milledgeville City Council and the mayor when he talked with them about various projects and the college’s economic impact during a city work session last Tuesday.
“We certainly appreciate the relationship that Georgia College has with the city,” Dorman said.
Dorman pointed out the number of people employed at GC.
There are about 1,700 people employed at the liberal arts college. Of the number of employees who are considered full-time, 357 of them are faculty members, while 571 or more employees work full-time on the campus in various other roles.
In 2020, the college had a $64 million payroll.
“It’s that kind of money that we’re paying for people to work at Georgia College and that sort of money is going back into the economy of Baldwin County and Milledgeville,” Dorman said.
GC has an undergraduate student enrollment of about 5,600, Dorman told city officials. This past year, GC experienced one of its highest graduation numbers in the history of the institution, he said. That number totaled 1,268.
Dorman said it just goes to show that people are interested in attending Georgia College or coming back to GC to do their graduate study.
The college president talked a little about the institution’s revenue sources, as well as the economic impact that GC has on the city and county.
Dorman said the economic impact on the local area back in 2018 was $298 million.
“Remember that I said the state appropriated $40 million and had an economic impact of $298 million,” Dorman said. “That’s a return of $7.45 on every dollar.”