Tift College

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Tift College was a private liberal arts women's college located in Forsyth, Georgia. Founded in 1849, the college ceased operations in 1987, after being merged with Mercer University in nearby Macon, Georgia.

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The campus facilities have been adapted for use as the headquarters of the Georgia Department of Corrections. The facility is known as State Offices South at Tift College (SOSTC). [1] The 275-acre (1.11 km2) campus is 20 miles north of Macon.

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History

Tift College was founded in 1849 as the Forsyth Female Collegiate Institute. It was renamed Monroe College in 1857 and as Bessie Tift College in 1907 in honor of an alumna. In 1898, it became affiliated with the Georgia Baptist Convention. The name was shortened to Tift College in 1956.

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Tift College merged with Mercer University in Macon, Georgia in 1986. Mercer and the Tift College Alumnae Association joined together to form a partnership to preserve the legacy of Tift College. In 1987 the college was closed by Mercer. The Mercer University Board of Trustees voted to change the name of its School of Education to the Tift College of Education to carry on the educational legacy of Tift College.

Mercer University Private university in Macon, Georgia

Mercer University is a private university with its main campus in Macon, Georgia. It is the oldest private university in Georgia and enrolls more than 8,600 students in 12 colleges and schools: liberal arts, business, engineering, education, music, continuing and professional studies, law, theology, medicine, pharmacy, nursing, and health professions. Mercer is a member of the Georgia Research Alliance and has a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest collegiate honors society.

Over the years, Mercer has continued to maintain the heritage, identity and ideals of Tift College, most notably through the Tift College Scholars Program. The program honors a select group of young women at Mercer with scholarships and inclusion in one of the university's most distinguished scholastic organizations.

In 2006, the governor announced plans to use the Forsyth campus for the headquarters of the Georgia Department of Corrections. [2] After renovation of buildings for this purpose, the move took place in 2010. [3]

Georgia Department of Corrections

The Georgia Department of Corrections is an agency of the U.S. state of Georgia operating state prisons. The agency is headquartered in Forsyth, in the former campus of Tift College.

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References

  1. "tift_directions.pdf." (Archive) Georgia Department of Corrections. Retrieved on January 6, 2014.
  2. "Governor Announces Relocation of Corrections Headquarters to Forsyth" Archived 2006-09-24 at the Wayback Machine ., Press release, Georgia State Office of the Governor; Accessed June 10, 2006
  3. Morgan, Carly. "Forsyth Prepares for Dept. of Corrections Arrival." WMAZ . November 2009. Retrieved on December 7, 2009.

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