President, Campus Theatre win USG facilities awards
President Dorothy Leland and Georgia College have earned recognition by the University System of Georgia for renovating The Campus Theatre and preserving the historical buildings lining the campus.
Dr. Leland accepted the 2010 USG Public-Private Ventures Award on behalf of the university and the USG Cornerstone Award for her personal efforts in preserving the historic look and feel of the campus. Both awards were presented by Linda Daniels, USG vice chancellor for facilities, during a conference in Savannah.
The prestigious Cornerstone Award recognizes Leland’s role in stabilizing and rebuilding Georgia College’s historic campus.
“President Leland played a personal role, a pivotal role, in rebuilding the campus foundation and bringing a visionary facilities plan forward for Georgia College,” Daniels said. “Always with primary consideration for academics first, but with the vision to promote student success through both academic and student life opportunities. For Dr. Leland, facilities successes are a ‘by product’ of her primary mission to educate students.”
During the 14-year history of the USG Facilities Officers Conference, the Cornerstone Award has been presented only four times including this year’s presentation to Dr. Leland. The award recognizes an individual for outstanding accomplishments in planning and implementing a visionary facilities plan during his or her career with the university system.
“I am humbled by the university system’s recognition of the hard work of the campus community in renovating and rebuilding our historic buildings,” Leland said. “All our progress on the campus represents a team effort of which I’m proud to be a part.”
Presenting the Public-Private Venture Award, Daniels praised the university for returning the 75-year-old Campus Theatre to its original prominence in the community. This spring, the university reopened the remodeled and renovated theatre building with several uses. The building now houses the university bookstore (Box Office Books), a coffee shop (Jittery Joe’s), and a black box performance theatre along with classrooms and offices for theatre faculty members.
“For several years the university explored options for turning The Campus Theatre into a useful facility,” Daniels said. “After the $7 million rehabilitation and repurposing of the building, The Campus Theatre is the heartbeat of cultural activities in historic Milledgeville, meeting the needs of Georgia College students and serving the community of Milledgeville.”
The award recognizes the best non-state funded project that pays for itself through user fees. Revenue from the bookstore, coffee shop and theatre space pay back the state bonds used to finance construction.