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Leland ranks among ‘100 Most Influential Georgians’

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January 05, 2011

Georgia College President Dorothy Leland has been named among Georgia Trend’s “100 Most Influential Georgians” for the second consecutive year. 

The magazine’s annual distinction names the state’s most powerful and influential citizens, drawn from business, industry, government, politics, education, science and the arts, according to Georgia Trend.

“These 100 are people who affect the course of events in Georgia, who influence what you think and how you live during the toughest economic era since the Great Depression,” Georgia Trend states.

The magazine describes Dr. Leland in its January 2011 edition as a strong advocate for “learning beyond the classroom.”

“This means study-abroad programs, undergraduate research and community service,” Georgia Trend states. “More than 6,000 students are enrolled and more than 800 faculty and staff report to her as she works to increase the geographic, economic and ethnic diversity of incoming classes. Under her leadership, GCSU established a natural history museum, a planetarium and its first freestanding art gallery.”

Leland is among good company in the ranking alongside newly-elected Gov. Nathan Deal, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, University System of Georgia Chancellor Erroll Davis, several other university presidents, U.S. senators and congressmen, judges, corporate presidents and state senators. 

Also named to the most influential Georgians list are Georgia College alumnus Mike Garrett, retired President/CEO of Georgia Power Company, and alumnus Chris Clark, newly-appointed President of Georgia Chamber of Commerce.

The entire “Georgia’s Power List” is published in the January 2011 edition of Georgia Trend, and on the magazine’s website:

ABOUT GEORGIA COLLEGE: Georgia College, the state’s designated Public Liberal Arts University, combines the educational experience expected at esteemed private liberal arts colleges with the affordability of public higher education. Its four colleges – arts and sciences, business, education and health sciences – provide 6,600 undergraduate and graduate students with an exceptional learning environment that extends beyond the classroom, with hands-on involvement with faculty research, community service, study abroad and myriad internships.

Founded in 1889, Georgia College boasts one of the most beautiful campuses in the nation with Corinthian columns fronting red brick buildings and wide open green spaces. Georgia College also offers graduate education at the historic Jefferson building in downtown Macon, at Robins Air Force Base and online.

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