Message from the President

Happy Spring!

It’s truly a time of optimism at the University of West Georgia as we reflect on the great things we’ve accomplished thus far in the academic year and look forward to the opportunities that lie ahead. Every day, I am motivated by our faculty, staff, and students who are making discoveries in ways that are collaborative, innovative, and impactful. 

Reaching historic numbers in several areas last year, UWG again is on pace to achieve new heights in enrollment, entering freshman grade point average, degrees conferred, graduation rates, regional economic impact, and fundraising. Building on our reputation for quality, value, and accessibility, we will help every student succeed in a secure environment as we strengthen the west Georgia region's workforce and economy.

To that end, two new degrees will offer opportunities for students — higher education administration and social and behavioral health. The new doctorate in education — the fourth Ed.D. we offer — allows future-oriented administrators in colleges and universities (or non-academic sectors) to advance their careers with the program’s engaging and relevant leadership curriculum. A new bachelor’s degree in social and behavioral health provides students the opportunity to study the cultural, social behavioral and mental aspects of health with a variety of employment options.

Four of our online degree programs — in nursing, computer science, early childhood education, and our MBA — were ranked among the best in the country by U.S. News and World Report.

We’ve broken ground on a new, state-of-the-art Student Health Center that, when built through a unique partnership with Tanner Health System, will allow our university to better serve students with no increase in mandatory health fees. Work continues on the $25-million renovation and expansion of our biology building, which will include new, state-of-the-art classrooms and labs. The project is planned for completion this fall 2018.

To build upon our current student employment readiness efforts, we continue to further develop LEAP West, which focuses on the professional and interpersonal skills employers seek. With a focus on high-quality, well-rounded scholarly achievement, the program develops versatile students who will complete traditional liberal arts courses with an emphasis on intellectual and practical skills; personal and social responsibility; and experiential learning through internships, and service.

Congratulations are in order for the Carrollton-Carroll County Education Collaborative (CCEC), through which we — along with Carrollton City Schools and the Carroll County Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy — were awarded a $74,000 early learning grant from the Georgia Governor’s Office of Student Achievement to introduce parents and caregivers of young children to the importance of early language acquisition. We look forward to joining other members of the CCEC and regional West Georgia Education Collaborative partners at two upcoming committee meetings, including the 2018 CCEC Summit on July 19-20.

The Richards College of Business’ Center for Economic Education and Financial Literacy was granted $25,000 from the Walmart Foundation to improve its program, which is aimed to help our students improve their financial decision-making capacity.

Congratulations also to our cheerleading program for winning its 22nd national championship in its storied history with the co-ed cheerleading squad winning its fifth-straight title at the Universal Cheerleaders Association (UCA) Nationals in January.  Also, bringing home some hardware in the all-girl category, the partner stunt championship earned the first title in school history.

Our Wolves baseball team opened the season with a 10-0 record — the best start in more than 50 years — while head coach Skip Fite earned his 900th win. The team’s record led to a national ranking of ninth by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers of America.

For the first time, The WOLF Internet Radio at the University of West Georgia received two recognitions in the Student Audio Competition of the Broadcast Education Awards Festival of Media Arts.

As we continue to build momentum and reach historical pinnacles at a remarkable rate, I invite you to visit our beautiful campus in Carrollton or satellite center in Newnan to get to know us better. Our spring Preview Day is Sunday, April 22 on our home campus of Carrollton. Or visit UWG or UWG Newnan anytime to discover what it means to Go West!

Together, we will embrace and meet every opportunity or challenge as we transform lives and cultivate student success and life-changing outcomes. I am honored to share the journey with you as we work to become the best comprehensive university in America, sought after as the best place to work, learn, and succeed!

Dr. Kyle Marrero
UWG President