Special to SEGAZINE
The Waycross College Foundation has changed its name to honor the founding president of the former Waycross College whose vision created the non-profit organization 37 years ago.
“Dr. James M. Dye’s foresight was not limited to higher education. He sought to assure that limited financial resources would not be an impediment to needy students,” said Dan Booker, president of the Foundation. “By his founding in 1976 of what has historically been known as the Waycross College Foundation, students living in the Waycross area have been assured that their educational dreams could be realized.”
On January 8 South Georgia College and Waycross College consolidated to form South Georgia State College, a residential state college serving over 3,000 students.
Dr. Virginia M. Carson, president of South Georgia State College, is appreciative that the Foundation Board chose to honor Dye’s legacy to the area.
“I believe naming the Foundation after Dr. Dye is very fitting,” she said. “His dedication and commitment to higher education in Ware County is the perfect cornerstone for the mission and expanded reach of the Foundation.”
The Foundation remains an independent cooperative organization of South Georgia State College. As such, its primary mission of providing financial assistance to students on SGSC’s Waycross Campus will not change, said Taylor Hereford, executive director.
“The Foundation will continue to provide scholarships and grants to qualified students on the Waycross campus,” he said. “Support will also be given to various campus programs and different institution-wide endeavors via the Foundation’s general operating fund.”
In addition to approving the name change at its July meeting, the Foundation Board kicked off its FY 2014 Annual Giving Campaign, which raises money for scholarships, grants, and general operations. The campaign runs through June 30, 2014, and Hereford said he is anticipating a successful year.
“The Trustees are extremely grateful for the generous support that continues to be received from those who believe in the Foundation’s mission – a mission, fittingly enough, that is the result of the vision and leadership of the man for which the Foundation is now named,” said Hereford.
For more information about the James M. Dye Foundation on SGSC’s Waycross Campus or to make a donation to the FY 2014 Annual Giving Campaign, please call (912) 449-7510.