University President Makes a Visit to the Capitol

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

University of West Georgia President, Dr. Beheruz N. Sethna, visited the state capitol for the annual UWG Day to gain university support and discuss priorities of the university. Sethna was joined by Bill Estes, vice president for university advancement; Michael Horvath, provost and vice president for academic affairs; Scot Lingrell, vice president for student affairs and enrollment management; James Sutherland, vice president for business and finance; and Javaris Hall, student government association president.

Government officials also attending the event included Wayne Garner, mayor; Mike Dugan, senator; Dustin Hightower, representative; Lynn Smith, representative; and Thomas Worthy, attorney for the governor.
The meeting served as an opportunity for university officials and legislators to discuss funding needs for a $3.5 million renovation of the Murphy Field House. The Murphy Field House, built in 1980, provides weight, locker, and office space for the athletic support areas, and dressing and utility equipment rooms for sports teams. Renovations will provide additional office and instructional video production space as well as a technology-enhanced auditorium dedicated to online faculty training, lifelong learning/continuing education and enrollment presentations. The improvements will be used to attract, retain and progress students in accordance with Complete College Georgia objectives. In addition, the plan includes enhancements to the building’s dated exterior to increase accessibility and appeal.

The Complete College Georgia Initiative addresses the gap between the numbers of Georgians who have a college degree and the projected workforce needs. It is expected that by 2020, 60 percent of jobs in Georgia will require some form of college education such as a certificate, associate degree or bachelor degree.

“Thank you to the support of friends at the discussion, and of course, our faculty, staff and students,” said Sethna. “The growth of the university over the past couple of decades in size, stature, external recognition, contributions to the region and facilities has been nothing short of outstanding. I shared with the group several points of pride and excellence and asked for their support on USG and UWG needs. They were engaged, asked several questions and expressed not only willingness to help, but enthusiasm for UWG.”

Due to rapid campus expansion, UWG representatives also requested legislative support to increase private funding for the relocation of electric and natural gas substations. Demolishing the existing substations would create a more stable utilities infrastructure and enhance safety by mitigating risks of hazards to people and property. The project will also ensure that UWG has sufficient power and energy infrastructure capacity essential to future campus development.

“The University of West Georgia is on a path to be a destination university, which will be of significant benefit to the entire region, and indeed to the State of Georgia,” Sethna continued. “It will provide a potential home to the very best and brightest Georgians. I am very grateful to our legislators and supporters who share in this vision and are willing to go to bat for UWG!”

Photo 1: UWG’s Murphy Field House
Photo 2: UWG representatives at the Capitol