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EGSC Pres Sees Funding Challenges
Thursday, 03 January 2013

January 3--  East Georgia State College in Swainsboro starts the New Year with a new president even though he's not really that new.

ImageDr. Bob Boehmer was the interim President during most of last year and was appointed as the college's fifth President by the University System Board of Regents in November.  Previously he'd spent 23 years at the University of Georgia after giving up his law practice in Oregon to pursue a career in higher education.

Facing a three percent cut to the college's budget with possibly more to come in 2013, Dr. Boehmer says he and other college president's are searching for private donations.

"We have to live with the reality of declining state dollars and the very real pressure of keeping college affordable for students.  Both of those things mean we need to go to our community and say having an institution of higher learning here is critical to the economic and social health of our community.  Presidents need to spend a high percentage of their time conveying that and asking for private support," Dr. Boemer says.

He also believes East Georgia is more attractive to many students because it's an affordable path to a four-year degree.

"A lot of students come here and spend two years at relatively low cost and then transfer to Georgia Southern, Georgia or Georgia Tech.  For example, our top graduate here last year completed two years here and earned her Associate Degree and then went on to Georgia Tech where's she's very successful," he notes.

Dr. Boehmer says he hopes to lead the college based on the traditions established since it's founding in the 1970's.

"We have an excellent faculty and small classes, higher education with a personal touch, a rapidly growing campus with a larger number of on-campus residents and expanding athletic programs which I expect will continue to grow plus our new Bachelor's Degree in Biology which could lead to more such programs in response to workforce needs," he says.

"We're doing a lot of things to do more with less," he observes. 


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