Thursday, January 3, 2008

Meet the Wildcats

Welcome to Wildcat Country - in cyberspace. For those of you unfamiliarwith Fort Valley State University, here's the back story:
The school was founded and chartered as Fort Valley High and Industrial School in 1895. Located in Peach County, Georgia, we're about two hours south of Atlanta and two hours north of the Florida line. We were renamed Fort Valley Normal and Industrial School in 1932 and included as a unit in the University System of Georgia in 1939. At that time we consolidated with the State Teachers and Agriculture University of Forsyth. The institution was renamed Fort Valley State College. The Board of Regents designated the University a land-grant institution in 1947. We earned the name Fort Valley State University in 1996. As a Historically Black College and University, we enjoy a rich sense of history while embracing diversity and preparing for the future.
Our eighth President, Dr. Larry E. Rivers, graduated from FVSU in 1973 before earning degrees from Villanova University and Carnegie-Mellon University. He earned another doctorate degree from Goldsmith's College of the University of London. He taught for 24 years at Florida A&M University, while rising to the position of dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. His return to FVSU in 2006 has sparked a period of rejuvenation and growth. New, apartment-style dorms have been added to the campus. A new Science and Technology building stands among many construction and renovation projects now in the works. The University endowment has grown exponentially. Freshman and overall enrollment growth are the highest ofall the schools in the University System of Georgia. Dr. Rivers was recently named one of the "100 Most Influentail Georgians" by Georgia Trend magazine. We enjoy great support from the residents and leaders of the city of Fort Valley and the state of Georgia.
This blog will introduce you to our professors and their work, our programs and scholarship opportunities, campus events of all types, and life as a Wildcat. Because the thing we enjoy most here at FVSU is knowing that Wildcats are family - no matter how far away you are.

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