Columbus State to Offer Classes in West Point This Fall

COLUMBUS, Ga. - The University System of Georgia Board of Regents Tuesday officially approved Columbus State University to offer classes from newly established facilities in downtown West Point, Ga.

With this historic decision, CSU will start offering classes this fall. The university has already set up a Web site for the new venture (http://WestPoint.colstate.edu) and an office in the CopperMoon building at 901 3rd Ave.

“This is an important step for Columbus State University, allowing us to expand our reach while better serving an area of the state that is growing rapidly,” said CSU President Tim Mescon. “The people in and around West Point have been exceptionally receptive to our plans and have added significantly to our excitement about moving into that region of the state.”

West Point Mayor A. Drew Ferguson IV has been an active supporter of the university’s plans to build a presence in his town.

“The City of West Point, Ga., is pleased to welcome Columbus State University to our community,” he said. “The addition of a CSU campus to our downtown will provide many new opportunities for the citizens of West Point and the surrounding area. The West Georgia/East Alabama Region is undergoing an amazing transformation that will play an important role in educational, social and economic development for years to come. The city of West Point and its many partners look forward to a great partnership with CSU.”

CSU initially will offer courses in career-focused areas, including communication, general business, teacher education, criminal justice and computer science.

“The Kia plant and related growth in the West Point area brings quality educational needs that Columbus State can provide,” Mescon said.

Kathy Carlisle, the university’s dean of enrollment outreach, has been working for months to broaden the university’s reach into the West Point area. She said the reception has been “overwhelming and wonderful.”

“We want to continue the university’s partnership tradition into West Point,” she said. “We are committed to providing quality educational experiences for professionals and future students in this area.”

She said many organizations in town have been very receptive.

“WP2100 views the addition of Columbus State University to downtown West Point as the cornerstone to the restoration and redevelopment of our historic downtown,” said Doug Shumate, chairman of the West Point 2100 Foundation.

The CSU at West Point’s office number is 706-645-2780.