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Founding college faculty share stories about the history of the college

(Left to right) Tom Melton, Harold Boyd, James Cook, and Jerry Shelton.


Four of the college’s founding faculty shared stories about the history and legacy of Floyd College/Georgia Highlands College during a GHC library sponsored event called “Embracing the Legacy.”

Those in attendance were Harold Boyd, former Vice President for Student Affairs; Dr. James Cook, Professor Emeritus of History; Jerry Shelton, Professor Emeritus of Physical Education; and Tom Melton, who was over the Finance Department.

Each started at the college the same year it was founded in 1970.

Dr. Cook gave the closing remarks.

He stated:

“I was 29 when I arrived at Floyd Junior College; I am now 74. Thus, during most of my life, I have been associated with this institution in one way or another. Whatever I have accomplished was done in connection with the college. It was a privilege and honor to work at Floyd, and I am grateful for the opportunity. The college allowed me to utilize my talents, not only in the classroom, but also in travel (13 Washington-Williamsburg trips, 17 European tours, and a Fulbright-Hays study trip to India) and in research and writing (4 books). But I stayed at Floyd and enjoyed my tenure here because of the relationships with the faculty, staff, and students. I think Jerry, Tom, and Harold have similar experiences.”

A decade-by-decade timeline was also unveiled and on display. The timeline will be displayed again for the inauguration on September 18 at 10AM and during the gala that night.

Sets of the timeline will also be available for purchase: 

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