Georgia College & State University’s President Dr. Rosemary DePaolo was named to Georgia Trend magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people in Georgia in the January 2001 issue.
DePaolo was honored formally in Atlanta on the morning of Thursday, Jan. 11. Her name was mentioned in the list along with other high profile Georgians such as former President of the United States Jimmy Carter, U.S. Senators Zell Miller and Max Cleland, Gov. Ray Barnes, former U.S. Senator Sam Nunn and many more.
When asked how being named in the same list as these prestigious individuals made her feel she said, “Obviously, there’s no way I’m in the same league with those (three) leaders, but this is nevertheless a great honor, and I’m thrilled to have been named.”
In a press release published this past week, DePaolo was cited for being the force behind an “intellectual and demographic transformation at Georgia College and State University.” The article cited her efforts in “working with private developers to implement a $75 million privatization program to build new dormitories and renovate existing ones.” Also listed was. DePaolo’s goal to work with Milledgeville leaders to create a “town-and-gown” identity.
DePaolo is GC&SU’s ninth president and the first female to achieve the position. She has been president of GC&SU since 1997. Her previous job before becoming president of GC&SU was the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Western Carolina University. DePaolo has previously been an administrator at Georgia Southern University, and an English professor at Augusta State University.
DePaolo earned a master of arts degree in 1974 from Rutgers University and later received her doctorate in 18th Century English Literature. She also holds a bachelor of arts degree from Queens College of the City University of New York. ?? Although DePaolo was honored to receive the recognition, there are goals that she looks to obtain.
“There’s a lot still to be done,” she said. “All of it involving funding, but if there’s one significant project I can’t wait to see to completion, it’s the library renovation. A good library is the heart of any community of learning, and we need and deserve a library that reflects the transformations we’re achieving in academic standing.”
DePaolo is a native of Queens, New York and is married to Fred Wharton, a professor at Augusta State University. She has set forth the plans and goals for GC&SU’s mission as the official Liberal Arts University of Georgia.
“What my inclusion on the list means is that GC&SU is on the map,” said DePaolo. “Wherever I go across the state, people say to me, `’We’re hearing great things about your university.’ That’s what I wanted to achieve. We want good people to be clamoring to study here, to teach here, or to be associated with us. My nomination sends a powerful message that Georgia College & State University is a leading force in higher education in our state, along with Emory, the University of Georgia, and Georgia Tech, among others.
In closing, DePaolo said things should only continue to get better on the road ahead.
“Our future is very bright,” she said. “I am so grateful to everyone at GC&SU for making that so.”