East Georgia State Colleges’ (EGSC) Statesboro campus returned to the Georgia Southern University (GS) campus in January. Monday, April 18, 2022 Dr. David Schecter, president of EGSC and Dr. Kyle Marrero, president of GS officially cut the ribbon on the new campus.  In addition members of both schools leadership, community leaders, students and citizens gathered to cut the ribbon.

Statesboro campus ribbon cutting
Community gathered for the ribbon cutting Credit: Grice Connect

“We want every potential student to know that there has never been a better time to attend college. With the lowest tuition of any college in the state and three beautiful campuses to choose from, students are well positioned to begin their college career,” said Dr. Schecter. “With this location on the GS campus students can become completely integrated in the GS campus and enjoy all the same experiences and amenities as a GS student.”

Leadership at the two schools began working through the details in 2018 of relocating East Georgia’s campus with a goal of having the full transition complete by 2022. The plan consisted of renovating GSU’s Continuing Education Center in the NeSmith-Lane Building to house East Georgia.

The new campus layout is very student focused. They wanted to make the students feel comfortable and at home on the EGSC campus and the GS campus. This new space also gives them expanded classroom and office capacity.

“Our students are truly our family, not just a name and number, and that really shows up in events like today,” said Noah Kamsler, Interim Director of the EGSC Statesboro campus. “Today shows this partnership and collaboration in how we all work together as a family at EGSC supporting each other like we support all of our students.”

The relationship between the two schools began in 1997 with a cooperative agreement to create a bridge for students from highschool to East Georgia then to Georgia Southern.

The two institutions launched the Bobcat to Eagle Program (B2E) program last year to help the partnership between the two institutions continue to grow. The program increases access and simplifies the process for progression to Georgia Southern for those students who start out at EGSC-Statesboro. This allows students to seamlessly move from EGSC to GS.

Below is a livestream of the entire event.

The Nessmith-Lane Building is located at 847 Plant Drive in Statesboro, Georgia.

Now that this move is complete, Georgia Southern’s Continuing Education Center will begin renovations to move to the former East Georgia campus on Highway 301 South, near Ogeechee Technical College.

Herschel DeWayne Grice is the founder of Grice Connect an online news and information company in Statesboro, Georgia. DeWayne has been active in the media for over three decades. He brings a unique insight...