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Gordon looks to recognize State College status

The current seal for Gordon College would have to be amended if the school changes its name, if ever so slightly.

The current seal for Gordon College would have to be amended if the school changes its name, if ever so slightly.

The Board of Regents has requested Gordon’s input on altering its name from Gordon College to Gordon State College to recognize its state-college status.

The college serves a diverse Southern Crescent population, which counts among its roughly 5,000-pupil enrollment, students from Henry County and Clayton County.

“ ‘Gordon’ will remain the core of our identity,” said President Max Burns. “But being able to include our state college status in our name communicates more clearly the progress Gordon has made. The new name honors the history of Gordon while allowing us to look to the future.”

Gordon, which is located in Barnesville, is seeking input from the community and campus, before a decision is made in July.

Granted state college status by the University System of Georgia in 2006, Gordon’s first four-year program, early childhood education, enrolled its first students in 2007.

Since then, four-year degrees in nursing, English, history, mathematics, biology and health services and informatics administration — have been added. The college also offers more than 40 additional programs of study which are fully transferable to other USG institutions.

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