As I write this, fall’s crisp air and colorful leaves are creating a beautiful tapestry across our five campuses that is surpassed only by the impressive activity at UNG this semester. We welcomed about 20,000 students this fall, including more than 4,000 new freshmen from 46 states and 87 countries. The high caliber of these students is exemplified by academic excellence and leadership potential – hallmarks of UNG.
I am proud that our Corps of Cadets has earned three prestigious honors that position UNG as the top senior military college in the nation:
- the 2018-2019 MacArthur Award for the U.S. Army Cadet Command’s 1st Brigade;
- the Most Active Company Award from the Association of the United States Army; and
- first and second place in the 2019 Spartan Ranger Challenge, which means we will return to the international Sandhurst competition this year with two teams.
Important academic facility projects are taking shape at our campuses in Blue Ridge, Cumming, Dahlonega, and Gainesville.
- Construction of our new standalone campus in Blue Ridge has begun, and it is scheduled to open next fall.
- An addition to the existing building at our Cumming Campus is in the planning stage, and, if approved in the state budget, it will nearly double the size of that facility.
- The Cottrell Center for Business, Technology & Innovation planned for the Dahlonega Campus took another step forward with a $10 million gift from Mike and Lynn Cottrell. The Cottrells’ support of UNG is unparalleled and has had a transformative impact on our institution and our students, and we are very grateful to them. We anticipate construction will begin next year.
- Renovations are underway at the former Lanier Tech campus, which will increase academic space at our Gainesville Campus.
Events, like Oconeefest at our Oconee Campus and the Tomato Sandwich Supper at our Blue Ridge Campus, where we awarded scholarships to 21 outstanding students, highlight our efforts to increase impactful scholarship opportunities for students in those communities.
Achievements like these are just a few of the many reasons that UNG climbed four spots to No. 16 among Top Public Regional Universities in the South in this year’s U.S. News rankings. Our momentum is a tribute to our excellent students, to the innovative work of our faculty and staff, and to the support we receive from individuals and organizations that are generous with their time and financial resources. Thank you for your continued support!
Bonita C. Jacobs