Dalton State Hosts Legislative Breakfast


Dalton State College hosted its annual Legislators’ Breakfast recently to share highlights from the past year with lawmakers and to inform them about the challenges and opportunities for the coming year.

In attendance were Representative John Meadows from District 5; Representative Roger Williams from District 4; Representative Jay Neal from District 1; Representative Tom Dickson from District 6; and Senator-elect Charlie Bethel from District 54. All legislators in attendance are members of the Republican Party.

Dr. John Schwenn, President of Dalton State, announced that the college received $1.3 million in bond funds from the State of Georgia to design a new academic building during the past year and is requesting $16.1 million in bond funds for its building costs. Currently, Dalton State has the fourth lowest square footage per student among the 35 University System of Georgia (USG) institutions.

Highlights for the past year include: a record enrollment of 5,988 students representing 44 Georgia counties, four states, and 43 nations; the opening of the Dalton State East campus in August; continued high enrollment at the Gilmer County Center in Ellijay; the full capacity in the residence halls at DSC at Wood Valley; and the renovation of the Westcott administration building, which now serves as a “one-stop” shop for admission, enrollment, financial aid, and other student needs.

Dr. Schwenn also commended the School of Business for its successful accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) in January and the successful accreditation of the School of Education from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education this summer. The School of Nursing had a successful reaccreditation visit in October.

As a unit of the University System of Georgia, Dalton State has had an impact on the local economy that exceeds $96 million, while the USG system as a whole contributes $12.1 billion to the state’s economy, Schwenn announced, citing the findings from a 2010 report issued by the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business Selig Center for Economic Growth.