UWG president welcomes Coweta freshmen
by Celia Shortt
The University of West Georgia president and alumni held a welcome reception for the incoming freshmen from Coweta County at the Newnan Centre on Thursday.
“Tonight is all about the students,” said Frank Pritchett, director of Alumni Relations & Annual Giving for UWG. “Our purpose is to celebrate the choice that students here in Coweta made to go West.”
“The purpose of this event is to welcome this freshman class to UWG,” said new UWG President Dr. Kyle Marrero, who came to the university this summer. “This is a historical class because of the growth it brings and with UWG now recognized as a Comprehensive University. From this day on, we are inextricably linked. Their success will be our success, and our success will be their success.”
“Students coming from Coweta will know that the degree they earned will be more valuable than the day they started,” he added.
Earlier this month, UWG was classified a Comprehensive University by the University System of Georgia’s new Policy of Institutional Function and Mission. A comprehensive university offers a number of undergraduate and masters level programs and some doctoral programs. This classification is the second highest of a four-tier identification system.
UWG is also expanding its Newnan campus with the Hospital Redevelopment Project at the site of the old Newnan Hospital on Jackson Street north of downtown. The $15 million project is set to begin this month with asbestos abatement and demolition at the site. Some of the buildings will begin coming down in the middle of September.
“It is amazing,” said Pritchett when asked about the new campus. “We love it! We are excited to serve the community, and also to return to the hallowed grounds and be close to the hub of the town. I think it is going to be a great location to serve the students.”
A groundbreaking ceremony for the new campus is scheduled for Monday, Sept. 9 at 11:30 a.m.