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2008-2009 Gainesville State College Catalog 
2008-2009 Gainesville State College Catalog [Archived Catalog]

University System of Georgia

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The University System of Georgia includes all state-operated institutions of higher education in Georgia - four research universities, two regional universities, 13 state universities, seven state colleges, and nine two-year colleges. These 35 public institutions are located throughout the state.

An 18-member constitutional Board of Regents governs the University System; which has been in operation since 1931. Appointments of Board members are made by the Governor, subject of confirmation by the State Senate. The term of Board members is seven years.

The Chairperson, the Vice Chairperson, and other officers of the Board are elected by the members of the Board. The Board elects a Chancellor who serves as its chief executive officer and the chief administrative officer of the University System.

The overall programs and services of the University System are offered through three major components: Instruction, Public Service/Continuing Education, and Research.

INSTRUCTION consists of programs of study leading toward degrees, ranging from the associate (two-year) level to the doctoral level, and certificates.

Requirements for admission of students to instructional programs at each institution are determined, pursuant to policies of the Board of Regents, by the institution. The Board establishes minimum academic standards and leaves to each institution the prerogative to establish higher standards. Application for admission should be addressed, in all cases, to the institutions.

PUBLIC SERVICE/CONTINUING EDUCATION consists primarily of non-degree activities and special types of college-degree-credit courses.

The non-degree activities are of several types, including short courses, seminars, conferences, lectures, and consultative and advisory services, in a large number of areas of interest.

Typical college-degree-credit public service/continuing education courses are those offered through extension center programs and teacher education consortia.

RESEARCH encompasses investigations conducted primarily for discovery and application of knowledge. These investigations cover matters related to the educational objectives of the institutions and to general societal needs.

Most of the research is conducted through the universities; however, some of it is conducted through several of the state universities.

The policies of the Board of Regents provide autonomy of high degree for each institution. The executive head of each institution is the President, whose election is recommended by the Chancellor and approved by the Board.

State appropriations for the University System are requested by, made to, and allocated by the Board of Regents. Matriculation and nonresidential tuition fees for all institutions are set by the Board. All resident students pay matriculation fees; out-of-state students pay nonresident tuition in addition to matriculation. Fees for student services and activities are established by each institution, subject to the Board’s approval.

Board of Regents


Allan Vigil, Morrow, Chair
William H. Cleveland, Atlanta, Vice Chair

Kenneth R. Bernard, Jr., Douglasville
James A. Bishop, Brunswick

Hugh A. Carter, Jr., Atlanta
Robert F. Hatcher, Macon
Felton Jenkins, Madison
W. Mansfield Jennings, Jr., Hawkinsville
James R. Jolly, Dalton
Donald M. Leebern, Jr., McDonough
Elridge McMillan, Atlanta
Patrick S. Pittard, Atlanta
Doreen Stiles Poitevint, Bainbridge
Willis J. Potts, Rome
Wanda Yancey Rodwell, Stone Mountain
Benjamin J. Tarbutton, Sandersville
Richard L. Tucker, Lawrenceville


Mr. Erroll B. Davis, Jr., Chancellor
Mr. Rob Watts, Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Ronald B. Stark, Chief Audit Officer & Associate Vice Chancellor - Internal Audit
Ms. Linda M. Daniels, Vice Chancellor, Facilities
Mr. William R. Bowes, Vice Chancellor, Office of Fiscal Affairs
Dr, Beheruz N. Sethna, Interim Chief Academic Officer & Executive Vice Chancellor, Office of Academic Affairs
Dr. Sandra Stone, Vice Chancellor, Academic Planning and Programs
Dr. Daniel W. Rahn, M.D., Sr. Vice Chancellor, Health and Medical Programs & President, Medical College of Georgia
Dr. Cathie M. Hudson, Associate Vice Chancellor, Strategic Research & Analysis
Dr. Tom Maier, Interim Vice Chancellor, Information & Instructional Technology/CIO
Mr. Tom Daniel, Senior Vice Chancellor, Office of External Affairs


Research Universities

Georgia Institute of Technology   Atlanta
Georgia State University   Atlanta
Medical College of Georgia   Augusta
The University of Georgia   Athens

Regional Universities

Georgia Southern University   Statesboro
Valdosta State University   Valdosta

State Universities

Albany State University   Albany
Armstrong Atlantic State University   Savannah
Augusta State University   Augusta
Clayton State University   Morrow
Columbus State University   Columbus
Fort Valley State University   Fort Valley
Georgia College and State University   Milledgeville
Georgia Southwestern State University   Americus
Kennesaw State University   Kennesaw
North Georgia College and State University   Dahlonega
Savannah State University   Savannah
Southern Polytechnic State University   Marietta
University of West Georgia   Carrollton

State Colleges

Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College   Tifton
Dalton State College   Dalton
Gainesville State College   Gainesville
Georgia Gwinnett College   Lawrenceville
Gordon College   Barnesville
Macon State College   Macon
Middle Georgia College   Cochran

Two-Year Colleges

Atlanta Metropolitan College   Atlanta
Bainbridge College   Bainbridge
Coastal Georgia Community College   Brunswick
Darton College   Albany
East Georgia College   Swainsboro
Georgia Highlands College   Rome
Georgia Perimeter College   Decatur
South Georgia College   Douglas
Waycross College   Waycross

Research Unit

Skidaway Institute of Oceanography   Savannah


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