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The purpose of the archival department is to collect, preserve, and make accessible those materials related to the history of the college.
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Archival Holdings: a Quick Introduction

Welcome to the Online Version of the Georgia Highlands College Archival Department!  First of all, a quick disclaimer is in order--this is the abbreviated version of the physical archives office, housed in the GHC Floyd Campus Library.  The actual office contains well over 95 linear feet of materials (including graduation programs, catalogues, back issues of the Old Red Kimono and Six Mile Post, newspaper articles about the history of the college, photographs, CDs, DVDs, accreditation documents, committee minutes, various departmental reports, factbooks, etc.).


GHC Archival Shelf List and Policies

This box contains a comprehensive listing of all archival documents thus far collected by the library.  The shelf list is even more helpful in the sense that it provides a physical layout of how the various documents are arranged on the actual shelves of the GHC Archives Room.  A large number of these documents have already been digitized and now appear on this Research Guide Web page.  However, a fairly large number have still not been digitized. 

It is the long-term goal of the college archivist to digitize all of these hard copies.  In the meantime, individuals may still request access to these documents by emailing the college archivist who will then scan the needed document and send it via email to the person requesting the item.  Videos will have to be viewed by appointment only and in the archival office, itself.  No archival documents, or image files can be checked out or removed from the Archives. 


GHC . . . a Brief History

Beginnings . . .

In the fall of 1970, Floyd Junior College opened its doors to 545 students in temporary classrooms based at the old Metro Building in downtown Rome, Georgia.  By the Christmas break, four new academic buildings occupying ground at the current location on Highway 27 South, had been built and were ready to receive students for the Winter Quarter, which began in January of 1971.  At the end of the Spring Quarter of 1971, the college presented its first and only associate's degree to Claudia Williams, a transfer student, making her FJC's first graduate.  In the fall of 1971, FJC's first nursing class of 100 enrollees began taking courses.  The first major graduation ceremony for the college took place in June of 1972.  With every passing academic year, enrollment continued to climb.  By the Spring Quarter of 1975, over 1,400 students were enrolled at the college.

In order to gain and maintain its accreditation, Floyd Junior College implemented its first Self-Study in the fall of 1974, and by December of 1975, the report was ready for submission to SACS (the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools).  By then, the college had also built a library and added the F-Wing to the Main Administrative Building.  The college was awarded accreditation shortly thereafter.  The late 1970s and early 1980s was a time characterized by dramatic enrollment fluctuations.  Much of this pattern could be attributed to fluctuations in the larger economy.  Typically, when the economy boomed, enrollment declined and vice or versa.  By 1984, enrollment had dropped to 1,275 students.

On July 1, 1988, Floyd Junior College became Floyd College, in large part, to shed the somewhat negative connotation that the term, "junior," evoked when referring to an institution of higher learning. 

Transitional Period, 1992-2000 . . .

Dr. David McCorkle, as FJC's first President, retired in 1991, and was succeeded by interim President, Dr. Richard Trimble.  In the fall of 1992, Dr. H. Lynn Cundiff became Floyd College's second permanent President, and a new era was born.   Dr. Cundiff supported the expansion of Floyd College's service area into the Cartersville area, and also spearheaded the push to make Floyd a national leader in promoting the usage of computer technology in the classroom.  By the fall of 1997, all of Floyd College's 3,000 students were issued their own laptop computers and encouraged to master the new technology as part of their educational curriculum.  A vigorous economy, and other factors, contributed to a significant enrollment decline over the next three years as the Floyd student body dwindled to slightly more than 2,000.  Dr. Cundiff left the college in July of 2000.

Pierce Era . . .

Interim president, Rob Watts, took the reins until Dr. J. Randy Pierce assumed the presidency in the Spring of 2002.  Under Pierce's capable leadership, the college expanded and enrollment climbed once more. By 2005, the year that Floyd changed its name to Georgia Highlands College, enrollment had rebounded and exploded to an all-time high of 3,817 students.  Before his retirement in December of 2011, Dr. Pierce would build a legacy that endures today, as manifested in the expansion of Georgia Highlands College's  satellite campuses into four metropolitan Atlanta counties, the institution of the college's first 4-year degree programs, cooperative agreements with Kennesaw State University and the University of West Georgia, and, last but not least, the introduction of intercollegiate athletics.

The Future . . .

As of November 2012, GHC's enrollment stood 6th (among the state's 14 two-year colleges) with a total of 5,533 students taking courses.  Dr. Renva Watterson served as the interim president from January 2012 until August 2014.  Dr. Donald Green was named GHC's newest President by the Board of Regents in early June, and is scheduled to assume his office in September of 2014.


By Larry Stephens, Archivist for Georgia Highlands College


GHC 40 Years Ago . . . as FJC

1974 Yearbook Photos


In 1974, there was no GHC . . . But Floyd Junior College did exist.  The Rome campus was the only campus affiliated with the college and miniscule in size. Student enrollment barely topped 1,000 . . . a far cry from the five campuses, and over 5,000 students currently attending Georgia Highlands College in 2014.  Back then, college-age Americans were concerned about a major political scandal called Watergate, involving the President of the United States, as well as the Energy Crisis, Inflation, and U.S. disengagement from a costly war in Vietnam that had been going on for nearly a decade.  Today,  college-age Americans are still concerned about high energy prices and U.S. foreign policy, as well as a host of other issues that were not even germane to the Baby Boomers of the Seventies.  Let's take a walk down memory lane, through one of only two yearbooks ever printed in the history of the college.

Photo Files

There are an estimated 1,000 photographs in the college archives.  In the coming year, many of these photos will be uploaded into the Archival page for quick and easy retrieval. 

Jon Hershey working with students 


Floyd College/GHC Photos: a History

Includes a large number of select photos from the Floyd and Cartersville campuses, along with a smaller number of photos from Marietta, Douglasville, and Paulding.  Heavy emphasis on faculty, staff, and administrators from the past and present, as well as scenes of student life.

To save time, trying clicking on "Albums" and then select the set that may include the photo you are looking for.  Some of the featured albums include:

"College Personnel,"

"Floyd Junior College, 1970-1987,"

"Floyd College, 1988-2004,"

"GHC, 2005-present," and

"GHC-Cartersville Campus."


FJC to Floyd College History


Administrative Minutes, Presidential Cabinet Minutes, Faculty Senate Minutes, etc.


History of the Paulding Campus

The Paulding Instructional Site opened in 2009, in the Bagby Building (formerly, the county courthouse) in downtown Dallas, Georgia.  Cathy Ledbetter was appointed campus dean.  Over the past four years, enrollment has continued to increase from just over 150 students in the inaugural semester to an all-time high of 481 students as of spring semester, 2013.  In March of 2013, the Paulding Campus Library opened on the ground floor of Paulding County's original court house building, which was constructed way back in 1861.  Through the Paulding Site, Georgia Highlands College has enjoyed a cooperative relationship with Kennesaw State University since 2009.  GHC students, who complete their Associate degree coursework at Paulding, are automatically accepted into the four-year track at KSU, if they wish to continue their education as baccalaureate candidates.


History of the Douglasville Campus

The Douglasville Campus of Georgia Highlands College opened on June 1, 2010, in a former 30,000-square-foot shopping mall just off Highway 5, and less than a mile from Interstate 20, in Douglas County.  Offering four classrooms, three computer labs, two science labs, a spacious student lounge and auditorium, the most recent addition to the GHC campus family is poised to accommodate a burgeoning service area that includes much of the student population located along I-20, between Austell and Carrollton.  Mr. Ken Reaves was Douglasville's first site director, and was succeeded by Dr. Kathy Ledbetter, in early 2013.


History of the Marietta Campus

The Marietta Campus of Georgia Highlands College opened in the Fall Semester of 2006, in state-of-the-art facilities on the campus of Southern Polytechnic University, located just off Cobb Parkway, in Marietta, Georgia.  Serving over 1,000 students, GHC-Marietta provides accessible educational opportunities to many of the students in Cobb County (Georgia's second fastest growing county).  GHC-Marietta was the first campus in the GHC family to offer residential living on campus.  Kirk Nooks was GHC-Marietta's first site director, and he was succeeded by Mr. Ken Reaves in March of 2013.


Folks and Features Faculty-Staff Newsletter

Note:  "Folks and Features" was the title of the college newsletter circulated among the faculty and staff from 1992-2005.  Some issues are missing.  If you can help us fill in these gaps, we welcome copies of the missing issues!  Thank you!


History of Intercollegiate Athletics at GHC

Georgia Highlands College began offering mens and womens basketball in the fall of 2012.  Baseball for men and women's softball was added in the spring of 2014.  Phil Gaffney was named GHC's first athletic director, and was also the head coach for the men's basketball team.  Brandan Harrell was named head coach of the women's basketball team. 

Shay Holston of the GHC Girls Basketball Team

Official GCAA Season Tips Off on Home Court

Above: Men and Women's Basketball Teams in action during Inaugural Season.  Below: A look at the new Baseball Complex for the GHC Men's Baseball Team.  Mike Marra, head baseball coach, and Melissa Wood, head softball coach, joined the GHC athletic family in the fall of 2013, with inaugural seasons getting underway in the spring of 2014.

Photo: Just over 6 months til the Chargers take to our new home field. #boltup #PGsouth



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