Georgia Regents approve Rosalynn Carter Health and Human Science Complex Naming

ATLANTA, Ga.(Nov. 11, 2011)--Wednesday, during their November meeting, the Board of Regents (BOR) of the University System of Georgia approved Georgia Southwestern State University’s request to name its new Health and Human Sciences Complex, Phase I and II, after former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, a GSW alumna from the class of 1946. Carter was inducted into the Regents Hall of Fame in March of this year.

“No one has done more to promote Georgia Southwestern than Rosalynn Carter,” said GSW President Kendall Blanchard, Ph.D. “Arguably our most distinguished graduate, she and her husband, President Jimmy Carter, have been generous with both their money and time in support of this institution. The intent behind the naming of this new facility in her honor is to make sure that no one ever forgets what she means to GSW.”

A native of Plains, Ga., former First Lady Carter is an internationally renowned public servant who has worked to improve the quality of life of individuals worldwide. Currently, Carter works as an advocate for mental health, early childhood immunization, human rights and conflict resolution through The Carter Center in Atlanta, Georgia, which was founded by the Carters in 1982 as a private, not-for-profit institution.

She is also president of the board of directors of Georgia Southwestern’s Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving (RCI) on GSW’s campus in Americus, established in her honor in 1987. Through research, education and training, the RCI promotes the mental health and well being of individuals, families and professional caregivers, encourages effective caregiving practices, builds public awareness of caregiving needs, and advances public and social policies that enhance caring communities.

The Rosalynn Carter Health and Human Sciences Complex will house the School of Nursing in Phase I, complete with a state-of-the-art nursing simulation lab, ample classroom and office space, a 150-seat auditorium, and a special area to recognize Mrs. Carter.

Phase II will include space for the Department of Psychology and Sociology, the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving, and the Herschel A. Smith Health Center.

Phase I is under construction now and Phase II will begin early in 2012. Overall, the project cost is roughly $16 million, most of which has come from state funding. Phoebe Putney Health System donated $1 million to the project and the GSW Foundation agreed to supplement the project, as well.

Founded in 1906, Georgia Southwestern is a comprehensive, four-year member of the University System of Georgia. GSW offers over 40 bachelor's degrees; master's degrees in business, education, computer science and English; and a specialist degree in education.

For additional information, please call (229) 931-2037 or email stephen.snyder@gsw.edu.

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