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Georgia Highlands College | 50 years

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Welcome to the Georgia Highlands College 50th anniversary site!

When I became the fourth president of GHC in 2014, I truly could not have fathomed what a blessing it would be. This college means so much to me and so much to the people who learn here, work here, and take charge here. I am happy to be part of this unique collegiate family that has been growing every year since 1970. We continue to change so many family trees in wonderful and transformative ways. We pride ourselves on being the access to a brighter future for so many. And for 50 years, GHC has continued to do just that.

When David B. McCorkle was appointed as the first college president in 1970, the college had 19 faculty members who taught 545 students on a single 233-acre campus in Rome on U.S. Highway 27.

Decades later, GHC holds the second highest enrollment among state colleges in Georgia with more than 100 faculty members teaching more than 6,000 students across Northwest Georgia at sites in Rome, Cartersville, Dallas, Douglasville, and Marietta.

GHC has championship athletic teams in basketball, baseball, and softball. GHC continues to provide a quality of excellence in all its programs and pathways. And each year, the college expands its course offerings and degree offerings to ensure students in our community have access to rapidly growing fields and careers in our area at a low-cost rate that allows them to graduate with little to no debt after completion.

Georgia Highlands College is an exceptional institution with a bright future and a continuous dedication to our students, the value of their study, and the elimination of any cost barrier to higher education.

If I’ve learned anything in my time at GHC, it’s a community of people who take charge and who help others take charge, too. Please take time to review our 50th site for details on GHC’s history, upcoming events, and news surrounding this milestone year.


President Don Green