(Bainbridge, GA) Bainbridge College (BC) is no more.
During their February 13th meeting, the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia approved a request to officially change the name of the institution to Bainbridge State College (BSC). This approval came on the heels of approval from the Regents to grant BC the new status of a four year college, thus the name change to reflect the new “state college” status.
President Richard Carvajal reported that “Regent Doreen Poitevint of Bainbridge cast her vote in support of the requested changes and newly elected Senator Dean Burke was in attendance at the meeting in a show of support for our requests.”
The four year status enables the institution to award a limited number of baccalaureate degrees focused on the economic development needs of the region of the state served by BSC.
At the meeting, the college also changed its mission statement to reflect its new status as a four year institution. “We will now make application with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools for a “Level Change,” meaning that we will be asking for their authority to officially grant baccalaureate degrees,” Carvajal explained.
BSC plans to enroll its first class into a bachelor’s degree in management program no later than 2014. This program will provide students with a core curriculum in business management, and students will be able to augment that core curriculum by choosing from various areas of emphasis that match some of the area’s most pressing workforce needs.
Dr. Tonya Strickland, V.P. for Academic Affairs stated that “when the Bachelor’s degree program is offered, we plan to offer courses in a variety of formats – online, face-to-face and hybrid - to meet the needs of our region.”
Bainbridge State College will be the third name the institution has had since its inception in 1973 as a two year college when it was referred to as Bainbridge Junior College. In 1987, the college officially dropped “junior” from its name and became Bainbridge College. Now, forty years since its opening, BSC celebrates another new name reflecting a lot of change over 4 decades.
“This status change is the perfect way for us to launch the celebration of the college’s forty year anniversary which will be commemorated with various events throughout this year”, said Dale Fuller, Executive Director of Institutional Advancement.