Columnist, college president to discuss educational impact

From the The Brunswick News

Since making its transition from a two-year institution to a four-year college, College of Coastal Georgia in Brunswick has made it a goal to engage the community.

Students, staff and faculty have tried to bring the community to the campus and will do so again on Monday when the college will host Coastal Conversations, the second in a series established during the fall semester.

The series, starting at 6 p.m. in the Stembler Theatre on the college campus, will feature Reg Murphy, businessman, journalist, author, civic leader and current executive-in-residence for the college, as he interviews exiting college president Valerie Hepburn. Hepburn will leave the college at the end of the current academic semester.

Skip Mounts, dean of the school of business and public affairs and a professor of economics, says the series is designed to bring all members of the community - students, citizens, leaders and others - together to share their experiences.

"We thought it was appropriate for our invited guest to be Dr. Hepburn given that she will be leaving the college in May and has had an amazing impact on this community," Mounts said.

"Her impact has been huge in transforming the college, its programs and its role in the community, as well as how it is perceived regionally, statewide and nationally."

The live one-on-one interviews feature prominent Golden Isles residents who have had outstanding careers and are willing to share their experiences.

What makes Monday evening's session even more interesting is that Hepburn interviewed Murphy in the first series.

The two have been instrumental in emphasizing the important role education plays in the community.

"This will be a regular occurrence every semester because conversation is so important in education," Mounts said. "By talking to these leading residents living right here about their life experiences as well as their opinions on leadership helps all of us grow. It's what colleges should do.

"We learn from each other, and conversation is the main way to do that."

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Release Date: 4/15/2013
Source: The Brunswick News

By SARAH LUNDGREN