State of the University

Dear Students, Faculty, Staff, Alumni, and Friends of the University:

It is my pleasure to share with you the “State of the University” for 2008-09. I am proud to report that the future of the University of West Georgia is bright indeed. There have never been more students enrolled at the University of West Georgia. We crossed the 11,000 student enrollment mark for the first time and now have the largest student body in our history – a total of approximately 11,231 students.

Dr. Beheruz N. Sethna teaching classThe University of West Georgia will play an increasingly important role in the University System of Georgia. As a first step toward meeting the goals of the USG strategic plan, the Regents have designated a “robust tier” of four doctoral comprehensive universities. These are, in alphabetical order, Georgia Southern University, Kennesaw State University, Valdosta State University, and the University of West Georgia.

This university is strong and growing stronger. We are poised on the threshold of an exciting new chapter in our 101-year history. We are building a destination university – one which excellent students choose to attend. As the bullets below will show, we are already there for many of the nation’s best students – we just need more of the same. We have identified three elements to this path to becoming such a university: Academics, a vibrant Campus Life – including a social, cultural, intellectual, and athletics life, and Facilities to match. Our most recent kudos and achievements provide living, breathing examples of where we are and where we are headed:

• In 8 of the past 11 years no other Honors College or program in the country has had more research submissions accepted than UWG at the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC).
• UWG has had at least one student accepted to present at NCHC since the 1994 San Antonio Conference (the longest streak in NCHC history).
• We recently obtained Board approval for our third doctoral program, which will start admitting students next year.
• Professor Sharmistha Basu-Dutt received the Regents Award for Excellence in Teaching in March, 2008.
• West Georgia has qualified for the National Debate Tournament for 36 consecutive years, the fifth longest streak in the nation.
2009 Best College in the Southeastern Region by the Princeton Review• For the sixth consecutive year, West Georgia has been recognized in The Princeton Review as a Best Southeastern College of 2009.
• The Princeton Review ranked the Richards College of Business nationally in The Best 282 Business Schools in 2007 and 2008.
• West Georgia has by far the greatest number of students in the entire University System taking e-Core courses, accounting for about 39% of the entire USG enrollment.
• In May 2008, Honors College student Ajay Pillai became the youngest graduate ever in the University System of Georgia. He is now in medical school at the ripe old age of 17!
• Every year since 2002, West Georgia cheerleaders have won national championships.
• The University System of Georgia awarded Love Valley and the Campus Center the 2007 Award for Excellence. The recognition was awarded for the progressive way the Campus Center blends with Love Valley and makes use of green space.
• Construction is almost complete on a new Campus Center, which is on schedule to open in January of 2009.
• A major renovation and addition to the Callaway Geosciences Building has been completed and includes excellent academic space for teaching and labs using the latest technology.
• Groundbreaking and construction on the new Athletics Complex that includes a football stadium will begin this fall.University of West Georgia arial view of the stadium
• With the 245-acre land transfer from the City of Carrollton, our campus has grown to approximately 620 acres making the University of West Georgia the largest, in terms of land, USG institution in metro Atlanta. UWG has ample room for orderly growth that will serve the growing educational needs of the Atlanta metro area.

And the list goes on …

Dr. Beheruz N. Sethna helping out during Move In DayOn a personal note, the academic school year began for me as it always does – helping students move into their residence halls. While I am not getting any older, I have observed that students’ suitcases and boxes have grown heavier over the years.

the 15th consecutive year, ever since I first arrived at West Georgia, I am teaching a class. In fact, all the University’s top administrators, including the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, including the deans, teach a course every year. We don’t just pay lip service to the University motto of “Educational Excellence in a Personal Environment” – we put it into practice every day with our time, energy and personal commitment to our students.

Thanks to your ongoing support, as I said at the start of this “State of the University” report, I am proud to report to you that the future of the University of West Georgia is bright indeed!

Onward and Upward, West Georgia!

Sincerely,

Beheruz N. Sethna
Professor of Business Administration, and
President of the University