Macon State College
The college's first president was Jack Carlton, a professor of chemistry. Carlton's administration (1967-72) was marked by both growth and emphasis on high grading standards and well-qualified faculty. Enrollment increased from 1,110 in the first year to 1,631 by the fall of 1972. In 1972 the Robins Resident Center on Robins Air Force Base at Warner Robins was opened to offer classes for Macon Junior College and two of its sister institutions.
Carlton resigned in 1972 to accept a university presidency and was succeeded by William W. Wright, an economist who had served as Carlton's dean. Wright's presidency (1972-84) was characterized by careful and consistent monitoring of the college's work to maintain its high standards. Wright resigned to accept a university deanship, having presided over the college's growth to 2,828 students in the fall of 1984. Jack Ragland, the college's comptroller, then became acting president (1984-85) and continued successfully the policies of his predecessors.
Hyatt resigned in 1997 to accept a position with Rotary International and was succeeded by David Bell, a professor of philosophy.
The four-year degrees—in information technology, business and information technology, communications and information technology, health information management, health services administration, public service, education, and a combined registered nurse–Bachelor of Science in nursing degree—are designed for immediate practical application in the job market. Most graduates of these programs remain in the middle Georgia area, contributing to the area's growth and development.
The associate degrees prepare students for four-year study either in the liberal arts or in more immediately practical fields. In addition the college offers five certificates in career programs and one cooperative associate degree with area technical colleges.
Macon State College counts among its graduates a Goldwater Fellowship recipient and two regional finalists in the Truman Scholarship competition. The college has an honors program, Phi Theta Kappa chapter, nationally respected faculty publications, a literary magazine, the Artists and Lecturers Series, and an annual arts festival, all of which contribute to the college's solid reputation for academics and cultural enrichment.
Robert Benton Styons, The History of Macon College: From Its Founding Through Its Twenty-Fifth Anniversary (Macon, Ga.: Macon State College, 1993).
Benjamin B. Tate, Macon State College
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