In early 2012, the University System of Georgia’s Board of Regents recommended the consolidation of Macon State College, which was founded in 1968 in Macon Ga., and Middle Georgia College, which was founded in 1884 in Cochran, Ga. The consolidation became official on January 8, 2013, creating Middle Georgia State College, a baccalaureate-granting institution with an enrollment of nearly 9,000 students. The new institution has a far reach into the Middle Georgia region and beyond with campuses in Macon, Cochran, Dublin, Eastman and Warner Robins. Middle Georgia State is expected to become a university within a few years.
Board of Regents approve recommendations to consolidate eight institutions, including Middle Georgia College and Macon State College. Working groups on the campuses and at the system office begin the complex process of consolidation.
Officials from SACS, the Southeast’s accrediting organization for higher education, announce the approval of the Substantive Change Prospectus submitted by what will become Middle Georgia State College. This is the final step needed for the Board of Regents to grant its authorization for the new institution to begin to operate and to appoint a president.
Students choose “Knights” as the new college’s mascot, and purple, black and silver/gray as the new school colors.
The philanthropic foundations of the former Macon State and Middle Georgia colleges are realigned into the Middle Georgia State College Foundation.
Consolidation of Middle Georgia College and Macon State College becomes official. Dr. John B. Black takes over as interim president. The new college’s brick-and-mortar campuses are in Macon, Cochran, Dublin, Eastman and Warner Robins.
Middle Georgia State elects the members of the institution’s first Faculty Senate. Dr. Nancy Bunker, professor of English, is the first chair.
About 1,400 students become the first graduates of the college. The commencement speaker is Henry “Hank” M. Huckaby, chancellor of the University System of Georgia.
Huckaby announces the formation of committees to conduct a national search for the first permanent president of the college.
The college’s online bachelor's degree in information technology gets ranked the nation's most affordable by the consumer information website GetEducated.com.
The college officially applies for membership in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). As a four-year institution that offers 17 baccalaureate degrees, a move to an intercollegiate athletic association with four years of athlete eligibility would better align with the overall mission of the college.
Dr. Christopher Blake, most recently president of Mount Mercy University, is named to become the second president of Middle Georgia State College by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia.
Dr. Christopher Blake begins his presidency.
The college gains renown for its state-of-the-art digital forensics lab in the School of Information Technology. The lab is funded by a National Science Foundation grant the college got last year to expand digital forensics education.
The college opens its $21.5 million Recreation and Wellness Center on the Macon Campus.
The college forms the Band of Knights – a marching band and color guard – to return pep and pageantry to the school’s football club program on the Cochran Campus.
The college crafts a new, bold vision and embraces a set of core values to help reshape the institution into Georgia’s newest state university. These important steps are among the results of several months of work by Middle Georgia State’s Task Force on Vision and an executive-level review process. The new vision statement is: “We transform individuals and their communities through extraordinary higher learning.” The core values are Stewardship, Engagement, Adaptability and Learning.
The college launches evening/weekend associate's degree programs in nursing on the Dublin and Warner Robins campuses.
The college is approved to join the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, and is invited to become the newest member of the Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC).
The college becomes home to the Bibb County satellite campus of the Georgia Public Safety Training Center.
Gov. Nathan Deal and other state officials break ground on a new $10 million education and training center that will serve as a “one-stop shop” for military veterans shifting to civilian careers. The Georgia Military Academic Training Center (MATC) is a partnership between the University System of Georgia (USG) and the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG). Middle Georgia State and Central Georgia Technical College will jointly operate the new center in Warner Robins.
The college combines the former schools of Liberal Arts, Social Studies and Science and Math into the College of Arts and Sciences. For the first time, Middle Georgia State has a standalone college, a hallmark of a university.
Middle Georgia State formally installs Dr. Christopher Blake as its first permanent president in a celebration that highlights a bold vision to mold the institution into the newest state university. The theme for the inauguration is “United Possibilities: Mind, Heart and Community.”
The Office of Student Life announces that it will offer Greek life experiences for the first time. Theta Xi Fraternity, headquartered in St. Louis, Mo., notifies the college it will establish a colony at the college.
Middle Georgia State announces the inaugural class of the President’s Torch Society, a new student organization where top scholars interested in leadership will serve the college and the community.