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This Day in Georgia History

April 14, 1976

Kennesaw Became Senior College

The Board of Regents of the University of Georgia voted 11 to 2 on a motion offered by Judge James D. Maddox of Rome to convert Kennesaw Junior College to senior college status. By this time, enrollment had tripled from an initial student count of 1,014 in the fall of 1966 to 3,098 in the fall of 1975. Numerous local leaders were involved in the fight for four-year status, but the two politicians playing the most pivotal roles were state Representatives Joe Mack Wilson and Al Burruss of Marietta. In time the memories of both would be honored by having buildings named for them on the Kennesaw campus. In September 1977 the name of the institution was officially changed to Kennesaw College. According to the agreement, two years would be spent planning for the conversion, with junior classes beginning in Fall 1978 and senior classes in Fall 1979. [Contributed by Tom Scott, Kennesaw State University]