Kennesaw State University‚ Georgia Highlands Paulding site moves a step closer

Board of Regents accepts buildings and land from Paulding County

Georgia (Feb 12, 2009) — Kennesaw State University‚ Georgia Highlands Paulding site moves a step closer

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Kennesaw State University‚ Georgia Highlands Paulding site moves a step closer
Board of Regents accepts buildings and land from Paulding County

KENNESAW‚ Ga. (Feb. 11‚ 2009)
— The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia has accepted Paulding County’s donation of two buildings and a parking lot‚ clearing the way for the opening of a satellite location with courses offered jointly by Kennesaw State University and Georgia Highlands College .

Paulding officials will turn over the nearly 11‚000−square−foot Henry Winn Community Development Building‚ strategically located on the town square in Dallas‚ and an adjacent parking lot. The now−vacant two−story building‚ which formerly housed Paulding County’s administrative offices‚ will undergo extensive renovations. Once complete‚ the refurbished building will accommodate six classrooms and multiple administrative offices. It will be the anchor facility for the new satellite site‚ which both institutions are working toward opening next fall‚ pending approval of proposed academic programs by the Board of Regents. Current projections estimate 300 students will be enrolled at the site.

Paulding County’s gift also includes the nearly 31‚000−square−foot Bagby Building‚ which also sits on the town square site. Plans call for renovating the second building as enrollment in the satellite programs increase.

To launch programs at the new satellite location‚ Georgia Highlands College is seeking approval from the Board of Regents to offer 15 core curriculum classes for entering freshmen and sophomore students. Kennesaw State is seeking the regents approval to offer upper−level undergraduate business classes for juniors and seniors and graduate classes in educational leadership. The Board of Regents at their March meeting will consider both institutions’ proposals to offer academic programs at the site.

“We are extremely appreciative of the generosity and support this partnership has received from Paulding County commissioners‚ which will go a long way in allowing this project to move forward‚” said Daniel S. Papp. “This site will allow us to extend our programs to an under−served area of the state to improve higher education access for a fast−growing community.”

Students in the Dallas/Paulding County area‚ which is expected to almost double in population by 2020‚ presently have to travel more than 35 miles to the nearest associate degree−granting institution and more than 20 miles to access undergraduate and graduate programs.

“We have had such enthusiastic interest from community members that I feel confident the site will grow quickly to meet the needs of Paulding County‚” said Georgia Highlands President Randy Pierce.


Kennesaw State University is the third−largest university in Georgia‚ offering more than 65 graduate and undergraduate degrees‚ including new doctorates in education and business. A member of the 35−unit University System of Georgia‚ Kennesaw State is a comprehensive‚ residential institution with a growing student population of more than 21‚000 from 142 countries.

Georgia Highlands College is a two−year institution of the University System of Georgia‚ serving more than 4‚700 students at four sites in Rome‚ Cartersville‚ Marietta and Carrollton.


A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its nearly 43,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the country and the world. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit