Dean Oliver Barrow is a Belizean politician, Prime Minister of Belize since 2008. He is the leader of the United Democratic Party since 1998. An attorney by trade, he served as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1993 to 1998 and was Leader of the Opposition from 1998 until the UDP won the February 2008 election. Barrow started his first term as Prime Minister after victory in the 2008 election, he started his second term after the UDP again won an election on 7 March 2012. He started his third term when the UDP won again on 4 November, 2015. Barrow, a senior counsel, is one of Belize's successful attorneys and has appeared in several high-profile cases, he began his legal work in the law firm of uncle Dean Lindo in 1973 and became a partner there in 1977. He would leave to form his own law firm and Williams until he vacated office prior to the 2008 general elections, although he remains titular senior partner. Among his firm's more controversial clients is Lord Ashcroft and the businesses he is connected with the Belize Bank and at one time, Belize Telemedia Limited Belize Telecommunications Limited.
In December 1983 Barrow entered electoral politics as a candidate for Belize City Council elections, which he won as part of a nine-man slate. Before that year's redistricting, in 1984 Barrow was preselected as the UDP candidate for Collet but after redistricting chose to contest the newly created Queen's Square constituency instead, as was his prerogative under UDP party rules. In the ensuing election Barrow handily defeated Ralph Fonseca of the People's United Party. Soon after he was appointed to the first Manuel Esquivel Cabinet as Attorney-General and Minister of Foreign Affairs. In the 1989 general election, Barrow defeated. Barrow continued in his law practice. In 1990, he became deputy UDP leader under Esquivel after the death of Curl Thompson. In 1993, Barrow won his third straight general election and returned to the Cabinet in the posts he held from the previous administration in addition to Minister of National Security, his detractors called him "Minister of Everything" during this period because he was a high-profile spokesman for the Esquivel government.
After the UDP's devastating 1998 election loss in which he was one of only three UDP winners, Barrow was elevated to UDP party leader and Leader of the Opposition, succeeding the defeated Esquivel. Barrow presided over the smallest oppositions in the House of Representatives since 1974 and in the UDP's history. Barrow was reelected in 1998 and 2003 by closer margins than his previous elections over attorney Richard "Dickie" Bradley, he has since been re-elected by comfortable majorities. Barrow is the most senior member of the UDP delegation in the Belize House as well as the Area Representative with the longest tenure of uninterrupted service. Among current Area Representatives, only Said Musa has a longer cumulative time in office; the UDP won a massive victory, with 25 out of 31 seats, in the general election held on 7 February 2008, Barrow was sworn in as Prime Minister on 8 February. He is the country's first black Prime Minister, he announced his Cabinet, including himself on 11 February.
The UDP won a reduced majority in the 2012 general election and Barrow started his second term as Prime Minister on 9 March 2012. He announced his cabinet, including himself as the Minister of Finance and Economic Development, on 12 March 2012. Barrow led the UDP to a third consecutive general election victory in November 2015, however he stated the election would be his last as party leader. Citing health issues, Barrow said he will step down as prime minister no than the end of 2019 and hinted he could do so earlier. On 18 November 2018, Barrow's Cabinet urged him to remain as Prime Minister of Belize until the Next Belizean general election, tentatively scheduled 2020, he said. A convention to name Barrow's successor as UDP party leader is tentatively scheduled for May 2019. Barrow will stand down from his House seat in Queen's Square at the next general election, endorsing his sister, Denise "Sister B" Barrow, to succeed him. Barrow has four children; the oldest is rapper Jamal "Shyne" Barrow, born 8 November 1979..
His second son Anwar runs a small-scale lending institution. His daughter Deanne practises law out of her mother's firm. Barrow was married a second time 7 February 2009 in Savannah, Georgia to his long-time girlfriend Kim Simplis, they have Salima. Barrow attended St. Michael's College in Belize and the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, Barbados.
Cessna 208 Caravan
The Cessna 208 Caravan is an American single-engined turboprop, fixed-tricycle landing gear, short-haul regional airliner and utility aircraft, built by Cessna. The airplane seats nine passengers with a single pilot, although with a FAR Part 23 waiver it can seat up to fourteen passengers; the aircraft is used for cargo operations. On November 20, 1981, the project was given a go-ahead by Cessna for its Pawnee engineering facility. John Berwick, chief engineer at Pawnee, came with a concept of a single engine, high-wing airplane with a large payload. Berwick had approached VP Bill Boettger with the idea and once Dwane Wallace approved it, Berwick told Russ Meyer he would design it; the prototype first flew on December 9, 1982. The production model was certified by the Federal Aviation Administration in October 1984. A freighter variant without cabin windows was developed at the request of Federal Express as the Cargomaster. Another cargo variant for Federal Express, with a longer fuselage and a cargo pod under the belly, was developed as the 208B Super Cargomaster and flew for the first time in 1986.
FedEx was planning to build twin-engine piston-powered airplanes with Piper Aircraft, but picked the Caravan after surveying it and having flown the prototype, becoming its standard carrier. A passenger model, the 208B Grand Caravan, was derived from the Super Cargomaster. Since the Caravan has undergone a number of design evolutions, including upgrading the avionics in 2008 to provide a glass cockpit with the Garmin G1000 system. In January 2013 a higher-powered version, the Grand Caravan EX, received FAA certification. In August 2016, Textron announced that it would move the Cessna 208 production line from its Wichita headquarters to its Independence, Kansas production facility, for manufacture alongside along the piston-powered 172S Skyhawk, 182T Skylane, T206H Turbo Stationair and Cessna TTx; the move was made to make room for Denali in Wichita. In May 2012 Cessna announced that an assembly line for the 208 would be established in China, with the government-owned China Aviation Industry General Aircraft conducting final assembly of Caravans at its plant in Shijiazhuang for the Chinese market.
Chinese government approval was granted in September the following year and the first Chinese-assembled Caravan was delivered in December 2013. By April 2016 about 30 aircraft, assembled from kits of parts shipped from the US by Cessna, had been delivered to Chinese operators by the joint venture; the Cessna 208 is a high-wing braced cabin monoplane powered by a single Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A turboprop in tractor configuration. The cabin has room for nine passengers and two crew when used as a passenger aircraft with four doors: one for each crew member, an airstair door on the right side of the cabin and a cargo door on the left; the aircraft can be optionally fitted with an underslung cargo pod. The basic 208 airframe has a fixed tricycle landing gear but can be fitted with various types of landing gear, allowing it to operate in a wide variety of environments; some common adaptations include floats with retractable landing gear on the Caravan Amphibian model and skis. The Caravan interior can be outfitted as a cargo compartment.
The standard high-density airline configuration has four rows of 1-2 seating behind the two seats in the cockpit. This variant is capable of holding up to thirteen passengers, although it is marketed as being able to make a profit carrying just four; the cabin can be configured in a low density passenger configuration, with 1-1 seating, as a combination of passengers and cargo, or as a cargo aircraft. Many variants include an underbelly cargo pod, which can be used for additional freight capacity, or for passenger baggage. A number of Caravans are operated as skydiving aircraft with the left-side cargo hatch converted to a roll-up door. 208 Caravan First production variant with a PT6A-114 turboprop engine and seating for up to nine passengers. The landplane variant was type approved on October 23, 1984 and the seaplane version with Wipline Model 8000 Amphibious/Seaplane Floats was type approved on March 26, 1986. Early aircraft can be modified to use the higher-powered PT6A-114A but have restricted operating limits.208 Caravan 675Marketing designation for the 208 Caravan with a higher-powered PT6A-114A engine.
208A Cargomaster A pure-cargo version of the Caravan developed with Federal Express. All 208A aircraft were serialized as 208 models. 208B Grand Caravan Officially marketed as the Grand Caravan. The 208B is 4 ft longer than the 208; the 208B has a PT6A-114A engine. It was certified as a two-seater cargo version on October 9, 1986 and as an 11-seater passenger aircraft on December 13, 1989.208B Grand Caravan EXMarketing name for upgraded version of the 208B Caravan certified in December 2012, with a more powerful 867 hp Pratt and Whitney Canada PT6A-140 that improves the rate of climb by 38% and was developed by Pratt & Whitney Canada to power the 208B. The unladen weight is 807 lb more but maximum payload is only 90 lb more. While the 192 hp more powerful PT6A-140 gives a 11-knot higher cruise speed – and rate of climb is improved by 94 feet per minute, range is reduced to 964 nautical miles on a similar fuel capacity, it requires a longer take off run at 2,160 feet and its landing roll is at 1,871 feet.
Production had reached 347 aircraft as of May 2017.208B Super CargomasterMarketing name for the cargo variant of the 208B series. FedEx purchased 260 of th
Belize City is the largest city in Belize and was once the capital of the former British Honduras. According to the 2010 census, Belize City has a population of 57,169 people in 16,162 households, it is at the mouth of the Haulover Creek, a tributary of the Belize River. The Belize River empties into the Caribbean Sea five miles from Belize City on the Philip Goldson Highway on the coast of the Caribbean; the city is the country's principal port and its financial and industrial hub. Cruise ships drop anchor outside the port and are tendered by local citizens; the city was entirely destroyed in 1961 when Hurricane Hattie swept ashore on October 31. It was the capital of British Honduras until the government was moved to the new capital of Belmopan in 1970. Belize City was founded as "Belize Town" in 1638 by English lumber harvesters, it had been a small Maya city called Holzuz. Belize Town was ideal for the English as a central post because it was on the sea and a natural outlet for local rivers and creeks down which the British shipped logwood and mahogany.
Belize Town became the home of the thousands of African slaves brought in by the English to toil in the forest industry. It was the coordination site for the 1798 Battle of St. George's Caye, won by the British against would-be invaders, the home of the local courts and government officials up to the 1970s. For this reason, historians say that "the capital was the colony", because the center of British control was here; this sentiment remains true today. Though people like Antonio Soberanis, George Price and Evan X Hyde all lobbied to take their movements outside, other ethnic groups such as the Garifuna and Mestizos sprang up elsewhere in the country, people looked to Belize Town for guidance. Belize City has been directly struck by two hurricanes since 1900, the 1931 hurricane and 1961's Hurricane Hattie, at various times areas of the city have burnt down, the most recent being the 1999 Albert Street fire that burnt out Mikado's, a 2004 fire that destroyed the Paslow Building; the city was hit hard by Hurricane Richard in 2010 and by the 2016 Hurricane Earl.
Fires on Northside and Southside have burnt out great stretches of housing, but the fire department was able to quench most of these. The city is susceptible to flooding in the rainy season. Belize City spreads out Mile 6 on the Western Highway and Mile 5 on the Northern Highway, at the Haulover Bridge; the city proper is divided into two areas: Northside, bounded by Haulover Creek and ending in the east at the Fort George area, Southside, extending to the outskirts of the city and the port area including downtown. Politically, it is divided into ten constituencies. Freetown, the westernmost constituency on Northside, is home to the Belama, Coral Grove, Buttonwood Bay and Vista Del Mar suburbs. Within the city proper it extends up to around the former Belize Technical College area. Caribbean Shores includes Kings' Park, a small suburb north and west of Freetown Road, West Landivar, home to two of the University of Belize's three city campuses, residential University Heights. Pickstock inhabits the banks of the Haulover Creek extending to Barrack Road.
St. John's Cathedral stands on the southern end of Albert Street. St. John's is the oldest Anglican Church in Central America, one of the oldest buildings in Belize; the orange bricks came to Belize aboard British ships as ballast. Construction began in 1812, the church was completed in 1820. St. John's is the only Anglican cathedral in the world outside England where the crowning of kings took place. Fort George is the most colonial area in the city and contains Memorial Park, the Baron Bliss Grave and Baron Bliss Lighthouse and the Museum of Belize. On the Southside, Lake Independence and Port Loyola are home to some of the city's poorest residents. "London bridges", rickety wooden pallets linking dwellings, low-strung poles are not uncommon here. On the east side of Central American Boulevard are Mesopotamia, Queen's Square and Albert, which are better. Albert contains the downtown streets of Albert and Regent Streets; the divisions of the city are linked by four bridges: the Swing Bridge, at Market Square and North Front Street.
Numerous smaller bridges link individual streets. The three main canals running in Belize City, are Haulover Creek, Burdon Canal and Collet Canal. All of them run through Southside; the city is served by Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport, in Ladyville, northwest of Belize City, by Belize City Municipal Airport, within the city itself. Belize City features a tropical monsoon climate, with warm and humid conditions throughout the course of the year; the city has a lengthy wet season that runs from May through January and a short dry season covering the remaining three months. However, as is the characteristic of several cities with tropical monsoon climates, Belize City sees some precipitation during its dry season. March is Belize City's driest month with only 48 mm of precipitation observed, a somewhat unusual month for a city with this climate type; the driest month for a city with a tropical monsoon climate is the month after the winter solstice, which in Belize City would be January.
Average monthly temperatures remain constant throughout the course of the year, ranging from 23 °C to 28 °C. B
Wilfred Peter "Sedi" Elrington is a Belizean politician, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belize since 2008. Wilfred Elrington read law at the University of the West Indies, he is the only Belizean who has served in the executive, the legislative and the judicial arms of government, having served as a part-time judge of the Supreme Court of Belize. Wilfred Elrington was the Attorney-General of Belize and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade from February 12, 2008 to 2010. A reshuffle of the Cabinet in 2010 left him with just Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade. In 2012 he was again made the Attorney General of Belize, he remains the Minister of Foreign Affairs. In 2009, he managed to turn Guatemala's long-time ally Israel into a partner of Belize; as foreign minister under Dean Barrow, Wilfred Elrington is noted for his conciliatory tone regarding the Belizean–Guatemalan territorial dispute, a stance which has become controversial in Belize in light of 2015 Guatemalan presidential candidate Jimmy Morales' comments on the issue, which are decidedly pro-Belize annexation.
Sandra Jovel became Guatemala's minister of foreign affairs in August 2017, gained Wilfred Elrington's esteem and respect. In July 2017, as shareholder of the company Progresso Heights Limited, Wilfred Elrington was taken to court to clarify many transfers of lands where proof of initial ownership cannot be demonstrated. In August 217, he was ordered by the court to provide all documentation related to this affair; that same month, he was part of a delegation representing the Caribbean countries to meet with representatives of the US president Donald Trump. In January 2018, Wilfred Elrington expressed his surprise when the USA announced it was temporarily stopping to issue temporary work visa programme for Belizeans, on the basis that the country is not doing enough to do more in preventing human trafficking. Wilfred Elrington ran as the UDP candidate for the Belize City-based Pickstock constituency in 1993 and 1998, but was defeated both times by former PUP Prime Minister George Cadle Price.
Price retired from the Belize House in 2003. That year Elrington ran for the Pickstock seat as an independent, but finished second to the PUP's Godfrey Smith. Returning to the UDP, Wilfred Elrington contested the Pickstock seat a fourth consecutive time in 2008 and prevailed, defeating Smith by a 56-42 margin, he was re-elected in 2012. Wilfred Elrington has four children, his brother, former UDP Area Representative Hubert Elrington served as the attorney general for Belize. List of foreign ministers in 2017 List of current foreign ministers
University of North Florida
The University of North Florida is a public university in Jacksonville, United States. A member institution of the State University System of Florida, the university is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award baccalaureate and doctorate degrees to its students, its campus comprises 1,300 acres surrounded by a natural preserve on Jacksonville's Southside. The current president is Dr. David Szymanski. UNF opened with Thomas G. Carpenter serving as its first president. Designated an upper division college for juniors and seniors, it began admitting freshmen in 1984. UNF is organized into five colleges which offer 53 undergraduate degree programs, 28 graduate degree programs and 7 doctoral degree programs, with noted business, coastal biology, nursing and music programs. Doctoral programs offered through the Brooks College of Health at UNF include Doctorate in Clinical Nutrition, BSN-DNP in Family Nurse Practitioner, BSN-DNP in Nurse Anesthetist, Post-MSN Doctor of Nursing Practice, Post-MSN Doctor of Nursing Practice in Psych-Mental Health and Doctor of Physical Therapy.
The College of Education and Human Services offers doctoral degrees in Specialist in Educational Leadership and Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership. Most students reside off campus. In 2006, the Social Sciences building became the first facility to be LEED-certified in northeast Florida, as well as the first "green" building on campus; as of 2010, there are five buildings on campus that have been certified by the U. S. Green Building Council. UNF has 220 clubs and organizations for students as well as an active Student Government and Greek life; the student-run newspaper The Spinnaker is published monthly. Its intercollegiate athletics teams are known as the Ospreys, are members of the Atlantic Sun Conference in NCAA Division I; the university was founded in 1969 after 1,000 acres midway between downtown Jacksonville and the Jacksonville Beaches were set aside for the campus, 500 acres of which were donated by the Skinner family of Jacksonville. Until this time, the only publicly funded institution of higher learning was Florida Community College at Jacksonville.
Construction on classrooms and buildings began in 1971 and UNF opened in the fall of 1972 with an initial enrollment of 2,027 juniors and graduate students, supported by 117 faculty and more than 150 staff. Like the other Florida state institutions opened around this time, UNF was designated as a "senior" college, meaning that it would enroll only upperclassmen and graduate students. UNF graduated 35 students in 1973; the school was quick to expand and it was accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools in 1974. The school's mascot, the osprey, was adopted in November 1979 over other choices such as the armadillo, the manatee and the seagull; the male and female versions of the mascot are known as Harriet. In 1980, there was a legislative effort to merge UNF with the University of Florida but a bill proposing this was vetoed by Governor Bob Graham. Freshmen and sophomores were admitted for the first time in 1984. Enrollment at UNF exceeded 10,000 in 1995, in the spring of 2000 it broke its commencement record, graduating over 1,000 students.
The 2000s saw significant development on campus as many new buildings including the Social Science building and Engineering building, College of Education and Human Services building, Fine Arts Center, the John A. Delaney Student Union, Osprey Fountains residence hall were built. In 2002, a 13-member Board of Trustees began work to oversee UNF. Former mayor of Jacksonville John Delaney was appointed President of the university in 2003. UNF was reclassified as an NCAA Division I school for its athletics programs in 2009. UNF has six housing facilities on campus. Many of the buildings bear the names of individuals who have made significant contributions to the university; these buildings include the Coggin College of the John E. Mathews, Jr.. Computer and Information Sciences Building, J. J. Daniel Hall. In addition, the current library bears the name of the university's first president, Thomas G. Carpenter; the Green is a central open grassy area on the campus, popular with students. The Social Sciences building, which opened in the fall of 2006, became the first Northeast Florida facility to be certified by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.
The first "green" building on campus, it received the 2007 Award of Excellence for University Building by the Southeast Construction Company for Energy and Environmental Design. There is a state-protected wildlife and bird sanctuary featuring miles of nature trails and numerous lakes and ponds on and around campus; the size of the campus has grown to 1,300 acres. In the fall of 2007, the university began offering a shuttle service between campus locations including the dorms, UNF Hall, the parking lots, Carpenter Library, the UNF Arena. A new Biological Sciences building opened in the spring of 2012. A new Student Wellness Center opened in the fall of 2012, replacing the Dottie Dorion Fitness Center. An addition to the College of Education and Human Services was completed in December 2011. A new multi-story dining hall has been completed in the fall of 2012. All four buildings are expected to be LEED-certified; the Thomas G. Carpenter Library, or building 12, is named after the University's first president, Thomas G. Carpenter.
Groundbreaking began on August 8, 1978 and was completed on October 1, 1980. Construction to expand the library by adding a four-story addition began in May 2004; this addition added 79,000 square
Sir Colville Norbert Young is the Governor-General of Belize, patron of the Scout Association of Belize. He was appointed Governor-General in 1993, taking office on 17 November of that year, was knighted in 1994. Sir Colville studied at Belize's St Michael's College, earned a BA degree in English from the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, prior to his doctorate in linguistics from the University of York in England. Young was a Fulbright Scholar and is a member of the Caribbean Teachers of English Association and the Society for Caribbean Linguistics. In the 1960s Young was a member of the opposition National Independence Party, he ran as the NIP candidate for the British Honduras Legislative Assembly in the Mesopotamia constituency in 1965 and 1969, but was defeated both times by C. L. B. Rogers, the People's United Party incumbent. Along with future Prime Minister Manuel Esquivel, Young was one of the founding members of the Liberal Party, a short-lived pro-business political party which became a part of the United Democratic Party.
Afterwards Young was interested in seeing Belize's development in academia and education, after returning from England began trying to advance the nation in that regard. In the late 1980s Young became president of the University College of Belize, one of the five parent institutions of the University of Belize, was one of its senior lecturers, he became involved in music, composing all manner of musical pieces from operas to cantatas to others. He published a series of books of and about Belizean literature, including Literature and Education in Belize, Creole Proverbs of Belize, From One Caribbean Corner and Caribbean Corner Calling, the last two containing poems in English and Belize Creole. Of these books, Creole Proverbs is his most recognised. In 1993, just before becoming Governor General, he published a book of short stories called Pataki Full, earning acclaim from the local writing community, his stories have been featured in the Belizean Writers Series in "Snapshots of Belize", a play Riding Haas in the drama anthology Ping Wing Juk Me in the Series.
Young became the Belizean governor-general shortly after the UDP under Esquivel regained power in the 1993 elections. He is the longest-serving governor-general of all time in the Commonwealth. Young is active in maintaining relations with foreign dignitaries and countries, he is active within the larger community in Belize in education and teacher training. In 2017, several fake and unauthorized Facebook profiles were created under the name "Colville Young". Citizens were warned not to interact with the profiles as all communication from the governor is shared by the Government of Belize Press Office. Young is married to Lady Young, née Trapp, has three sons and a daughter, he has three siblings. Young has a stated interest in promoting the development of Belizean music. Young has contributed to efforts in Belizean schools to maintain music as an educational staple. Young’s son, Colville Young Jr. is the director of the Belize National Youth Symphony. Colville Young is working with founders of the Belize Virtuosi Orchestra, Joel Nagel and Peter Illavsky, to raise funds to build a chamber orchestra auditorium in Belize.
Young established the Governor General’s Music in the Schools Programme which works with partner abroad to expand music in schools and access to musical instruments. List of national leaders
Valdosta State University
Valdosta State University referred to as VSU, or Valdosta State, is an American public university and is one of the four comprehensive universities in the University System of Georgia. Valdosta State is located on a 168-acre campus at the heart of the city of Valdosta. VSU serves over 11,000 undergraduate and graduate students representing 157 Georgia counties, all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the United States Virgin Islands, American Samoa and Washington, D. C. and hosts over 300 international students from 76 countries. VSU offers classes at Moody Air Force Base north of Valdosta in Lowndes County. Degree levels offered at Valdosta State include Associate's, Bachelor's, Master's, Education Specialist, Doctoral; the university comprises the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business Administration, Education and Nursing. The Graduate School includes the Divisions of Social Work and Library Science; the school that would become Valdosta State University was founded in 1906. Colonel W. S. West led the legislation through the Georgia Senate, C.
R. Ashley and E. J. McRee pushed it through the House. However, no funds were appropriated for it until 1911 when the state allocated $25,000; the city of Valdosta raised $50,000, Col. West gave the property, now the main part of campus to the state for use by the new institution; the president chosen was Richard Holmes Powell. His travels in the American southwest led him to choose the Spanish Mission style of architecture for the institution's buildings; the school opened as South Georgia State Normal College in January 1913, with three college freshmen and 15 sub freshmen. The early students were required to wear a school uniform and paid $10 per year for tuition and $12 per month for food and board. Most studied subjects from literature to physics to agriculture. In 1922, the school became a four-year college and the legislature changed the name to Georgia State Women's College President Powell headed the GSWC until 1933 when he was made dean of the Coordinate College in Athens. Dr. Jere M. Pound, President of the Georgia Teachers College, was sent to Valdosta.
However, his tenure at GSWC lasted less than a year. He died a year in 1935. Dr. Frank Robertson Reade assumed the job of acting president in 1934 and on Dr. Pound's death became president. During his tenure, New Deal programs enabled the school to expand physically from three to seven buildings; the Powell Library, dedicated by Eleanor Roosevelt, was a centrepiece of this construction. During World War II, GSWC emphasized politics and science in its curriculum and in 1943, the B. S. degree was added. Moody Airfield, located nine miles from campus, provided the male participants for many patriotic parties. Dr. Reade served until 1948, he was followed by Dr. Ralph Thaxton, who came from the University of Georgia, where he had served as professor, Director of Admissions, Registrar. Soon after Dr. Thaxton began his service, the Board of Regents, acting on the advice of a committee which had examined the whole University of Georgia System, declared that in 1950 GSWC was to become a co-educational – Valdosta State College.
Programs in premedical and prepharmacy were added, the sciences became more prominent. Business became a popular major after 1950. By 1956 men on campus outnumbered the women. Greek organizations were formed, with fraternities leading the way, intercollegiate athletics became a part of campus life when the Rebels, an all-male basketball team, was formed. In 1953 VSC acquired the property of the former Emory Jr. College, a private all-male school that operated from 1928 to 1953, less than a mile away, the facilities became the north campus which now house the College of Business and Air Force ROTC. Under Dr. Thaxton's tenure, the College integrated in 1963. Over the next decade, the college added African-American students and administrators. Dr. Thaxton retired in 1966, Dr. S. Walter Martin, former president of Emory University and Vice Chancellor of the University System of Georgia, assumed the presidency, he presided over a time of physical expansion of the school, including the construction of such buildings as the Odum Library, the Education Center, The Fine Arts Building, the College Union, a Science Administration Building and six dormitories.
The student body grew, the School of Nursing was established, many programs expanded, including those in graduate education. When Dr. Martin retired in 1978, Dr. Hugh Coleman Bailey assumed the post. Under Dr. Bailey, the school had doubled in size from 4,500 to 9,000 students. From 1978 to 1993, numerous programs were added and existing courses upgraded, resulting in the early 1980s in an endeavor to make VSC a university. Throughout the 1980s the college established off-campus sites and course offerings and began receiving state and federal grant funds to develop curriculum and programs. In 1993, all the hard work and planning paid off. Valdosta State College became Valdosta State University, the second regional university in the University System of Georgia. In fall 1998, Valdosta State University adopted the semester system, along with other units of the University System of Georgia. Under Bailey's leadership VSU continued to grow with the addition of the 150,000-square-foot University Center in the 1995 and a new science building in 2001.
In January 2002, Dr. Ronald M. Zaccari assumed the post and during his time in office VSU updated its infrastructure to accommodate student population growth, including the construction of four new dormitories and two parking decks. Dr. Patrick J. Schloss became the President of VSU in 2008 and was in office during the opening of a new Student Health Center, Georgia Residence Hall, Student Union. Dr