County donates 40 acres to college

LAWRENCEVILLE - On behalf of Georgia Gwinnett College, the University System of Georgia's Board of Regents on Tuesday accepted a donation of 40 acres of land from Gwinnett County.

"Georgia Gwinnett College is most appreciative of this gift of land," GGC President Daniel J. Kaufman said after the Board of Regents' monthly meeting. "We are grateful to Chairman (Charles) Bannister and the commissioners for recognizing the need to expand our campus."

Georgia Gwinnett College opened in 2006 on the site of the former Gwinnett University Center in Lawrenceville.

The two tracts of land - 23.33 acres on the northwest side of the campus and 17.1 acres located on Collins Hill Road - will be used for various purposes, including green space and future recreational purposes, according to a news release.

"These parcels are outstanding additions to our campus," said Eddie Beauchamp, the college's vice president of business and finance. "As we grow, expansion of our campus boundaries will be necessary, and this is an important beginning."

The land has been surveyed and an environmental study has been completed - both conditions for accepting the land grant from the county, the news release states.

"Georgia Gwinnett College is a vital asset to the Gwinnett community, and we will continue to support its growth and development as a first-class educational institution in any way we can," Gwinnett Commission Chairman Charles Bannister said.