College taking on new look

From the The Brunswick News

The Founder's Gate and its Regent James A. Bishop Arch will honor the man who's considered the modern day founder of College of Coastal Georgia, college president Valerie Hepburn said during a groundbreaking ceremony Friday.

Hepburn and other community leaders praised and thanked Jim Bishop, a lawyer and former member of the University System of Georgia Board of Regents, for his work that in 2008 resulted in the transformation of Coastal Georgia Community College into the four-year, baccalaureate College of Coastal Georgia.

"This will serve as a tribute to the community and civic leader and to the county and city legacy," Hepburn said, referring to the soon-to-be-constructed gate and arch at the north entrance to the college campus from Altama Avenue in Brunswick.

"Had Jim not been on the board, we would not be sitting here today," Hepburn said.

Brunswick Mayor Bryan Thompson said the arch will symbolize the way Bishop has helped the college move forward.

"Through his vision and passion, opportunity was seized," Thompson said. "We have made tremendous strides in this short amount of time."

Glynn County School Superintendent Howard Mann, a long-time friend of Bishop, spoke about Bishop's influence on education in Glynn County.

"His underlying commitment and concern for students in Glynn County is valued," Mann said.

Bishop spoke humbly of the accolades after a backhoe in the distance broke into ground where the entrance and arch will be located.

"It's rare to be faced with a deep sense of gratitude ... and I am in the midst of it today," Bishop said. "It is an incredible and high honor."

The Founder's Gate, which will be the signature entrance to the college from Altama Avenue will showcase many attributes that relate to the college.

The gate will show on the north wall the year - 1961 - the college was established as a junior college, and on the south wall, the year - 2008 - the year it became a four-year, baccalaureate college.

The walkway arch, with a carving and plaque honoring Bishop, will be on the south wall.

"We hope that this arch will one day become worldwide, as well-known as the University of Georgia Arch or the Georgia Tech Tower," Hepburn said.

Release Date: 12/17/2012
Source: The Brunswick News