On September 28, Chancellor to the University System of Georgia Sonny Perdue officially installed the fifth president of Georgia Highlands College, Dr. Mike Hobbs, Ph.D., during an investiture ceremony held in the Floyd Campus gym.

Hundreds of college and local community members attended the event, and Regent Cade Joiner of the Board of Regents of the USG presided over it. In addition, the ceremony featured greetings and speeches by GHC Foundation Board of Trustees Chair Randy Quick, Regent Lowery May, and a special presentation by Anat Sulta-Dadon, Consul General of Israel to the Southeastern United States, and Rabbi Larry Sernovitz, CEO for Hillels of Georgia.

Since starting his role as president of GHC in the summer of 2022, Hobbs has advanced the college’s mission by helping to establish free in-state tuition for residents of Alabama, establishing the “Ready to Start” scholarship, expanding articulation agreements with other institutions, growing partnerships with local industry, establishing new competitive League Sports and much more.

Leading up to the ceremony was a series of events titled GHC’s “Weeks of Service,” during which faculty and staff at GHC took on various initiatives ranging from a community health fair, school supply fundraisers, food assistance events, a STEM event for local elementary school students and more.

The GHC Foundation established the First Highlands Scholarship Gala on September 29 to raise money for scholarships, featuring wildly popular five-star nostalgia 80s rock band Guardians of the Jukebox.