Welcome from the Provost
I am very happy to welcome you to Gordon State College, “where students flourish.” This isn’t just some catchy slogan; it is the guiding philosophy that informs everything we do throughout the institution. No matter what program of study you are interested in undertaking, you will find faculty and staff who create the environment in which you can grow, develop, and thrive.
We have laid the groundwork for your future success in numerous ways. Through our three schools—the School of Arts & Sciences, the School of Education, and the School of Nursing & Health Sciences—GSC offers baccalaureate degrees in 11 disciplines. In addition, we offer transfer Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees, which provide pathways to many additional baccalaureates. The Associate of Science in Nursing degree provides graduates with a program that leads directly to careers in a wide range of health care facilities. Whether you have already determined what you want to pursue or you are looking for guidance and inspiration, we are here to help you along your path.
Beginning your first day on campus, you will find a dedicated faculty with distinguished credentials who are passionate about teaching. In classrooms and labs across campus, your professors will inspire you with new ways of seeing the world and cultivate a deep sense of intellectual curiosity in you. You’ll find individuals who are ready and willing to share their expertise and further strengthen your own abilities. They may even help you discover an interest in a field you never considered before. Gordon State has over a hundred professors who are dedicated to providing you with a superior education and seeing you prosper.
This enriching educational environment does not simply exist within the confines of the Barnesville campus classroom. It extends to the Student Success Center, where you’ll find professional advisors and adept student tutors who are dedicated to providing you with the additional support you need. At the McDonough instructional site, you’ll find a team of faculty and staff willing to provide extra attention to help you establish a strong foundation. And in the Weekend College you’ll encounter a group of innovative professionals who can help you achieve your dreams without putting your life on hold.
We are glad that you have chosen Gordon State as the place to prepare for your future. We want you to feel well-suited to this learning environment. Please do not hesitate to ask me, or any of us in Academic Affairs, for assistance. On behalf of everyone here at Gordon State, we are looking forward to seeing you thrive as a Highlander. If you have not yet made the decision to attend Gordon State, I hope you will take this as our invitation to flourish with us.
C. Jeffery Knighton, Ph.D.
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Lambdin Hall, Room 345