In early May, we celebrated the graduation of some 1,800 students from the University of North Georgia. UNG is well known for our academic excellence, leadership development and affordability, and I am pleased to say that the value of a UNG degree continues to grow.
UNG is expanding opportunities to make students regionally and globally competitive, and I am very proud that this year we have nine Fulbright Scholars. This is one of several highly competitive national scholarships that can provide lifechanging opportunities for our students, and our success this year places UNG among the top-producing institutions nationally for Fulbright Scholars.
Our commitment to providing students throughout the region with access to a high-quality, affordable education is further affirmed by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, which recognized UNG as one of only three public universities in Georgia on its 2017 national ranking of the “Best College Values.”
As our graduates begin the next step of their journey, I am confident they are well equipped to become civic, professional and military leaders who will make a positive impact in communities throughout Georgia and around the globe.
On a sad note, 1st Lt. Weston Lee, a 2014 UNG graduate, lost his life on April 29 as a result of injuries sustained from an improvised explosive device while serving in Iraq. This was a heartbreaking reminder to our University community of the sacrifices made by those called to serve in the military. As one of only six senior military colleges in the nation, we remain proud to be a part of our students’ preparation to become military officers.
Through times of joy and times of sadness, I am honored to serve as President of this great University, and I am grateful to our students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends who have created remarkable momentum for UNG. Together, we can be proud of the legacy of student success, academic excellence, and leadership development that are the hallmarks of the University of North Georgia.
Bonita C. Jacobs, Ph.D.