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Ribbon cut at GSC’s renovated Hightower CLC&L

Gordon State College students and a host of visiting dignataries got their first look at the newly-renovated Dorothy W. Hightower Collaborative Learning Center and Library at ceremonies on campus Thursday afternoon. The mutli-million dollar renovation had been ongoing for some time. The library first opened in 1978. Renovation was begun last year and the building has been transformed into a bright, open space. The building was named for Dorothy Hightower in 1986. Mrs. Hightower was the wife of George Hightower Sr., long time president of the Gordon Foundation and a major benefactor of the college. A large contingent of Hightower family members was on hand for the opening. The building boasts 32,190 square feet, a presentation practice room, an assistive technology room, a consultation room, nine group study rooms, eight individual study rooms, 33 computers, a public seating capacity of 346, two classrooms with a total of 62 seats and, yes, some books – a lot of them classics. Dr. Tommy Hopkins of Griffin, vice-chariman of the Board of Regests of the University System of Georgia, was on hand for the opening as was former Gordon interim president and current vice chancellor for fiscal affairs and planning Shelley Nickell.

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