GCSU History and Past Presidents

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Georgia College & State University History

Established to prepare young women for business, industry or teaching occupations, Georgia Normal & Industrial College was created by Act Number 590 of the Georgia legislature (8 November 1899). From that moment on, the university has had an exciting history that has involved fires, the Great Depression, World Wars I & II, and  five name changes. 

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The GC Presidents are as follows:

  • Dr. J. Harris Chappell, 1891 - 1905 
  • Dr. Marvin McTyeire Parks, 1905 - 1927 
  • Dr. J. Luther Beeson, 1927 - 1934 
  • Mr. Guy Herbert Wells, 1934 - 1953 
  • Dr. Henry King Stanford, 1953 - 1956 
  • Dr. Robert E. ("Buzz") Lee, 1956 - 1967 
  • Dr. J. Whitney Bunting, 1968 - 1981 
  • Dr. Edwin G. Speir, Jr., 1981 - 1996 
  • Dr. Ralph W. Hemphill (Acting President), January 1997 - July 1997 
  • Dr. Rosemary DePaolo, August 1997 - June 2003 
  • Dr. David G. Brown, (Interim President) July 2003 - December 2003 
  • Dr. Dorothy Leland, January 2004 -2011
  • Dr. Stas Preczewski, (Interim President) July 2011 - July 2012
  • Dr. Paul Jones, (Interim President) July 2012 - August 31, 2012
  • Dr. Steven Dorman, September 2012 - 2021
  • Ms. Cathy Cox, J.D., October 2021 - Present