University of North Georgia President Dr. Bonita Jacobs earlier this month gave her State of the University address at the school’s main Dahlonega campus, kicking off the school’s Sesquicentennial (150 years) Celebration and highlighting its tremendous growth over the past decade.  UNG actually began as North Georgia Agricultural College 1873, and was the first public college in the state to award a bachelor’s degree to a woman.  It did not in fact become UNG as we know it today until 2013, and has since continued to grow and evolve.  Over the past 10 years enrollment has grown 23%, and its annual economic impact on the North Georgia region climbed to a record $755 million in 2021.  Research expenditures are up 36%, and the school’s donor base grew 15% over the past year.  According to Jacobs, even as school leaders reflect on the past, their eyes are staying focused on the future.

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