Groundbreaking Ceremony Initiates Construction at UWG-Newnan

Thursday, September 12, 2013

CARROLLTON, Ga. – Government officials, representatives from UWG and the Newnan Hospital Foundation and community members joined together on Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, to celebrate a “brickbreaking,” rather than a “groundbreaking,” to officially begin the renovations and construction to transform Newnan Hospital into the new UWG Newnan Center.

Newnan Mayor Keith Brady welcomed everyone to the event. “This is something that we’ve been waiting on for a long time, and a lot of people have put a lot of hard work into this project,” he said.

Brady also touched on the impact that the Newnan Center will have on future generations. “This most important thing to think of, as we think of this project and as it moves forward, is the investment that we are making for the future generations that will grow up here in Newnan and the people who will come to our city who might not have found us otherwise,” Brady said.

Representatives from the Newnan Hospital Foundation and CPS-Atlanta, the firm managing the project, as well as Dr. Kyle Marrero, president of UWG, joined Brady in offering remarks at the ceremony.

“To have a project with city, county, Board of Regents and all the people involved that made this happen, it is truly extraordinary and you all deserve a round of applause,” said Marrero. "Special acknowledgement should be given to the Newnan Hospital Foundation for their generosity. Their vision, now a reality, will impact the future of Coweta County for generations to come."

UWG currently serves approximately 500 students in Newnan. Once construction is complete, UWG-Newnan is projected to have 1,200 students enrolled at in the new Newnan Center. Marrero reiterated his commitment to the center and its growth.

“In five years, fall of 2018, we want 3,000 non-duplicated head count to be enrolled in programs here all the way through the breadth of study,” he said. “I know nursing will be a major component here, but it will also be education, it will be business, it will be other appropriatly related degree programs that are relevant to this region.”

Marrero finished his remarks with a promise to the Newnan community. “We want to be a presence here,” he said. “You are part of our wolf pack. You are part of the Wolves, and part of the University of West Georgia.”

To complete the ceremony, all involved representatives donned hard hats before using sledgehammers to break down a brick wall, signifying the official start to the building’s transformation. Construction is expected to be complete and classes in session in the Newnan Center by January 2015.

Pictured in the photo, from left to right:
Cathy Wright, UWG Newnan Center Director; Dr. Kathryn Grams, Dean of UWG’s School of Nursing; Georgia State Representative Lynn Smith; Jim Sutherland, UWG Vice President of Business and Finance; Dr. Bill Estes, UWG Vice President of University Advancement; Dr. Swamy Mruthinti, UWG Associate Dean of College of Science & Mathematics; Dr. Kyle Marrero, UWG President; Wolfie, UWG Mascot; Dr. Jon Anderson, UWG Deputy Provost; Dr. Melanie Clay, UWG Executive Director of Extended Learning & Dean of USG eCore ; Dr. Scot Lingrell, UWG Vice President of Student Affairs & Enrollment Management; Brendan Bowen, UWG Assistant Vice President of Campus Planning & Facilities; Michael Miller, USG-BOR Program Manager; Javarus Boyce, UWG Newnan IT Specialist; Teri Lewis, UWG Newnan Office Manager