UWG acquires historic Newnan Hospital | Schools
CARROLLTON, Ga. -- The University System of Georgia's Board of Regents has voted for the University of West Georgia to acquire the historic Newnan Hospital building.
Last week's vote caps off nearly two years of planning for the Carrollton-based university to reach more students in Coweta County and the surrounding area.
"Something like this takes a lot of hard work by many dedicated people," Ga. Rep. Lynn Smith (R-Newnan), a longtime supporter of the acquisition, said in a statement. "It takes people and organizations that are willing to invest time and energy in the community. Everyone involved has done just that, and it's because we're doing something important here. We're educating our future leaders."
UWG will use the hospital building to house classes for its nursing, education and business programs. The city of Newnan has agreed to perform $15 million of renovations on the old hospital.
According to the university, the new building will soon house classrooms, labs, a large lecture hall, a library, a food court, a bookstore and faculty offices. It will also provide dual-enrollment opportunities for students at nearby high schools.
"I am very excited about the significantly increased UWG presence in Newnan, made possible by the Board of Regents' approval of the acquisition of the property," UWG president Dr. Beheruz N. Sethna said in a statement. "This will be a win for the wonderful people of Newnan and Coweta, who will have increased access to first-class undergraduate and graduate programs; a win for UWG, which will have increased access to the great students of the area; a win for the state; and a win for the vibrancy and development of downtown Newnan."
UWG's Newnan campus is currently housed in the Shenandoah Industrial Park. The acquisition means the campus can now move to a more central location.