College of Coastal Georgia
Founded as Brunswick College in 1961 by the Board of Regents, the college was the first of a new series
During the 1965-66 academic year, the Office of Continuing Education and Community Services was added to respond to lifelong learning and training needs in the community. The first graduating class of twenty-eight students received their associate degrees in June 1966. The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools awarded the institution accreditation in December 1967. John W. Teel became president in 1968 and remained in office until his retirement in 1990.
Community College Years
In 1972 the college began its evolution from traditional junior college to community college. That year it was chosen as the pilot institution for the Georgia Board of Education to offer vocational/technical
In 1986 the Board of Regents authorized the creation of the Brunswick Center, a consortium composed of Brunswick Junior College, Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, and Georgia Southern University in Statesboro. The center continues to be housed on the CCG campus. In cooperation with CCG, the two universities provide seven baccalaureate and seven graduate degree programs. In 1988 the college name reverted to Brunswick College, as the regents
Under Teel's direction, the college had a multifaceted mission, providing remedial course work in basic skills and offering transfer, pre-baccalaureate programs in thirty-nine concentrations at the associate degree level. It also offered vocational and technical education, which included ten career associate-degree programs, thirteen certificate programs, and twenty-one technical certificate programs. The college also furnished lifelong learning opportunities through an extensive continuing education program, promoted regional economic development in cooperation with area businesses and industries, and collaborated with K-12 schools for the improvement of public education.
Transition to Four-Year Institution
In 2008 the college dissolved ties with the TCSG and became a four-year institution, changing its name to the College of Coastal Georgia. The technical divisions were moved to Golden Isles Career Academy in Brunswick, Okefenokee Technical College in Waycross, and Altamaha Technical College in Jesup, while the continuing education programs and the Brunswick Center remained at CCG. That same year Lord retired, and Valerie Hepburn was appointed interim president. The appointment was made permanent in early 2009.
Bachelor's degree programs in business administration, early childhood and special education, and middle school education began at CCG in fall 2009. By 2012 the college also offered bachelor's degrees in biological sciences, health informatics, mathematics, nursing, and psychology.
Henry E. Barber, College of Coastal Georgia
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