A College in Gwinnett

When Georgia Gwinnett College opened its doors in 2006 it made history: as the first public college founded in the new millennium, and the first brand new four-year public higher educational institution in more than a century. Plans had begun in Gwinnett in 1994 when the county purchased 160 acres of land, at Georgia Highway 316 and Collins Hill Road, designating it for a new college campus.

 

Georgia Gwinnett College, June 4, 2012 PHOTO/HILARY COLES

 

With its tagline “The Campus of Tomorrow,” the still new Georgia Gwinnett College has a short but dynamic history as well as a terrific future. (Photograph courtesy Hilary Coles.)

 

By 1995 this land was the site for the proposed Gwinnett University Center (GUC), a partnership of several state institutions. It opened in 2002 in a new 120,000 square foot building and became the predecessor of Georgia Gwinnett College.

 

The Georgia General Assembly in 2005 established Georgia Gwinnett College under the authority of the state board of regents. When the institution opened the next year under its president Dr. Daniel Kaufman, it offered bachelor’s degree programs. By fall 2010 the rapidly growing college enrolled more than 5,000 students; and 2012 will mark the start of its intercollegiate sports program.

 

Paul Hudson, historian at Georgia Perimeter College, writes stories for Lilburn Living.