Thursday, May 22, 2008
Governor Sonny Perdue approved an appropriation of $1.9 million by the Georgia General Assembly in the 2009 state budget for road and bridge infrastructure to connect the current campus of the University of West Georgia to a gift of approximately 250 acres of land donated by the City of Carrollton.
Dr. Beheruz N. Sethna, UWG president, said, “We have many people to thank for the funding for this road and bridge — we thank the Governor and the General Assembly for their support, and the Mayor and City Council for donating the land, which makes this entire expansion project possible.
“With the use of this land, the size of the UWG campus will increase to 621 acres, which allows the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia (USG) and the State to have significant expansion space in metro Atlanta, perhaps making UWG the largest USG campus in the metro region.”
Sethna also expressed his sincere appreciation to UWG’s local legislative delegation, Senator Bill Hamrick and Representative Mark Butler, for their unfailing diligence in pursuing the funding for the road and bridge and to members of the Stadium Development Committee, particularly those who went to meet the Governor and worked hard for the project.
Carrollton Mayor Wayne Garner explained that the Department of Transportation (DOT) has also committed to fund a portion of the project. DOT will issue a city contract and the city will manage the construction.
"The funds will become available July 1 and most of the engineering has already been completed,” Garner said. “We hope to start construction this fall.”
The expansion of the campus will play a vital role in the ability of UWG to sustain quality growth within the USG which predicts a growth of 100,000 additional students by 2020. There will be a significant need to balance enrollments throughout the state’s public higher education institutions to campuses that are not land-locked.