GGC celebrates growth with ribbon-cutting
Georgia Gwinnett College (GGC) welcomed Gwinnett community leaders today for a “Celebration of Growth and Appreciation.” The day’s events included a ribbon-cutting and a facility dedication.
Guests gathered first for a tour and dedication of the Stephens Family Executive Forum, a state-of-the-art, corporate-style facility that will host executive speakers, teleconferences and other interactive presentations. The 1,600-square foot room will seat 59 and feature the latest in audio-visual technologies.
The executive forum was made possible by a significant gift from the family of Gwinnett resident John D. Stephens in support of the college’s commitment to high-quality higher education. Entrances will bear special signage recognizing the Stephens family.
“We greatly appreciate the generosity of the Stephens family and their commitment to providing our students with a learning space that will prepare them for today’s professional working environments,” said President Stas Preczewski.
The Stephens Family Executive Forum is located in Building W, a recently completed academic building expansion of 54,000 square feet. The structure includes faculty offices, classrooms, student gathering and study areas, the dean’s office for the School of Transitional Studies, an office, activity and classroom suite for the GGC Honors Program, and an experimental classroom designed for project-based, experiential and service learning activities.
While Building W opened in time to welcome students for the fall semester last month, the college held a formal ribbon-cutting ceremony today to mark its completion. It also marked the end of Georgia Gwinnett’s formative construction period, during which the college built all key operational facilities.
“This year will be our first without a major construction project on campus,” Preczewski said. “While the construction crane may no longer be our unofficial mascot, our momentum continues in meaningful ways as GGC shifts more attention toward refining our operations, enhancing the student experience, and deepening the relationships of the college with our local business, nonprofit and civic stakeholders. Thanks to their support, GGC continues to be a transformative model for high-quality higher education that changes lives, families and communities.”