In Final Days as President, Dorman Continues Paving Path to Preeminence.

Georgia College President Steve Dorman, center, waves after breaking ground at the future site of the Andalusia Interpretive Center.
Georgia College President Steve Dorman, center, waves after breaking ground at the future site of the Andalusia Interpretive Center.

Just Days before finishing his time leading Georgia’s Public Liberal Arts University, Georgia College President Steve Dorman marked two milestones in the school’s path to preeminence.

 

Wednesday  morning, Georgia College broke ground on the Andalusia Interpretive Center.

 

The $3.4 million exhibition space and research area will welcome visitors to Andalusia, the house museum celebrating Georgia College’s most famous alumna, writer Flannery O’Connor.

 

GC Director of Historic Museums Matt Davis said the Center marks a giant step in presenting the place where O’Connor finished the majority of her published works, including the short story collection A Good Man is Hard to Find and the novel Wise Blood.

 

But President Dorman said the Center represents something even bigger: Leveraging O’Connor’s legacy to help cultivate the next generation of great thinkers and artists.

 

“There are many of us who are dreaming today about how this historic home place might be used to inspire and create the Flannery of the future,” he said.

 

The Andalusia Interpretive Center is expected to open to the public in Summer 2022.

 

Shifting focus from the arts to the sciences, that afternoon Dorman presided over the ceremonial opening of Georgia College’s new Integrated Science Complex (ISC).

 

The 43,000 square-foot, public building welcomes visitors with a full-height portico and features floor to ceiling glass walls that offer unique insight into the scientific research and training going on inside.

 

As you walk through the building, you're going to see walls that are glass walls that you can actually see into the laboratories,” Dorman said. “And you and one day as science is going on you will get you will be able to see science on display.”

 

The Integrated Science Complex is the first completely-new building constructed on Georgia College’s Main Campus in downtown Milledgeville since the dedication of the Arts and Sciences Building in 1996.

 

But in the closing days of his nine-year’s as president, the opening of the Integrated Science Complex and ground breaking for the Andalusia Interpretive Center celebrate more than just the addition of new educational spaces. They mark another step toward realizing Dorman’s goal of transforming Georgia College into one of the nation’s preeminent destinations for a public education in the liberal arts.

 

And in recognition of that vision and his persistent effort toward that end, Georgia College Provost Costas Spriou announced that the ISC atrium will be named in Dorman’s honor.