August 14, 2013
This is going to be a banner year for Dalton State College, and I’m glad you’re here to be part of it.
Many of the students who begin as freshmen this week will be among the class of 2017 which will graduate in our 50th anniversary year. It was 50 years ago this summer that community leaders rallied for the state to charter a college in Dalton. Land was donated and bonds sold to construct what was then Dalton Junior College.
Doors opened to 524 students in September 1967. There were four buildings on campus, the faculty numbered 54, and students chose from 10 transfer degree programs. Today we number nearly 5,000 students and a faculty of 215 scholars. Students can choose from 16 bachelor degree programs (including one completely online) in addition to 21 associate degree programs. The campus has been extended north, south, and west and continues to grow. Our new science building, currently under construction between Sequoya Hall and Bandy Gym, marks a new “high point” on our campus, soaring even above the belltower.
What has not changed over the years is the transformative power of a Dalton State education to change lives. We hear it from our students, many of whom you will learn about in the coming weeks on our website. We see it in our faculty who work to transform the way instruction is delivered in the classroom, and we see the many ways in which Dalton State graduates are transforming the world with their accomplishments after they leave us.
This is going to be a banner year for Dalton State for many reasons. I’m glad you’re here to be part of it. Go Roadrunners!!
Dr. John O. Schwenn