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Posted: Tuesday, June 26th 2012 at 4:45pm

Gainesville State College holds building dedication ceremony

By Kelsey Bagwell Access Insider
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Dr. Hugh M. Mills, Dr. Martha Nesbitt, and Dr. J. Foster Watkins.
GAINESVILLE – The Gainesville State College Foundation dedicated the Loyd Strickland Academic Building and the J. Foster Watkins Academic Building in a ceremony today.

Over 100 people gathered to celebrate this special day for the two individuals.

Loyd Strickland was a member of the Hall County Task Force in the 1960’s which obtained permission by the Board of Regents to build a Junior College in the county. His support and commitment to the college continued over the years as he served on the College Foundation Board and was named an Honorary Life Trustee.

Dr. J. Foster Watkins served as the second president of the College from 1983-1997. During his tenure, he represented Georgia as the outstanding chief executive officer for the American Association of Community and Junior Colleges’ Community College Leadership Program.

The audience included colleagues, friends, and family members. It also included Gainesville State College’s first president, Dr. Hugh M. Mills, Jr.

The current GSC President, Dr. Martha T. Nesbitt, conducted the ceremony. Regent Donald M. Leebern represented the Georgia Board of Regents. Faculty Senate Chair Robert Guyton and Staff Council Chair Charles Bell also contributed to the ceremony. Student Government Association President Sean McGee provided a response on behalf of the students, as well.

Academic II and Academic III buildings will be replaced by the Loyd Strickland Academic Building and the J. Foster Watkins Academic Building, respectively.

The University System of Georgia Board of Regents approved the naming of the buildings at the April 2012 Board meeting.

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