Education: Highlands, UGA’s Griffin campus establish science track relationship. Darlington’s Pollard selected for business officer boards. Rome Middle names Amanda Malcom athletic director.

Education: Highlands, UGA’s Griffin campus establish science track relationship. Darlington’s Pollard selected for business officer boards. Rome Middle names Amanda Malcom athletic director.


Thanks to an exclusive articulation agreement between Georgia Highlands College (GHC) and the University of Georgia (UGA), GHC students who complete their associate degree in biology while taking specific courses in the biology pathway will be admitted into UGA’s Bachelor of Science in Microbiology program on their Griffin Campus, easing the transition toward obtaining a higher-level degree.

“As most know, UGA has a very competitive admissions process, and this agreement gives students an alternative to admission into UGA,” Interim Dean for GHC’s School of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Jason Christian said.

This program is ideal for students interested in working in the growing fields around microbiology, immunology, industrial hygiene or public health. It also would allow a student to apply to medical school, veterinary school, physician assistant programs, or a whole variety of graduate schools.

The articulation agreement is effective for the fall 2021 semester.

The University of Georgia’s Griffin location allows students to obtain a UGA degree without relocating to the Athens area.  Whether a student desires to stay closer to home and commute to Griffin or relocate to be near the south metro area, the UGA Griffin Campus affords those options to individuals desiring to earn a UGA degree.

Students looking to complete a bachelor’s degree on the Griffin Campus must have completed at least 60 transferable semester hours with a transfer GPA of at least 2.8 as calculated by UGA Undergraduate Admissions as well as any prerequisite courses specific to the degree program in which they wish to enroll.  Georgia Highlands College’s Associate of Science in Biology is a perfect start for students who want to earn a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology on the UGA Griffin Campus.

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Beth Pollard, assistant head of school for finance and operations at Darlington School, was selected to join the National Business Officers Association (NBOA) and Mid-South Independent School Business Officers (MISBO) boards of directors this summer.

“It is an honor to be selected to serve on both of these boards,” said Pollard. “I’m excited to lend my experience to fulfilling the missions of both NBOA and MISBO. Being on both boards at the same time provides a unique prospective on how to support independent school professionals and operations. I personally have benefited in many ways from both associations and am thankful for the opportunity to serve.”

NBOA is the only national nonprofit membership association focused exclusively on supporting independent school business officers and business operations staff while fostering financial and operational excellence among independent PK-12 schools. The NBOA Board, comprising of business officers, heads of school and representatives from the business partner community, addresses the strategic and fiduciary needs of the association.

MISBO is an association that supports the business officers and independent school operations at more than 340 schools in 21 states throughout the United States.

Pollard was named Darlington’s assistant head of school for business and operations in 2016, overseeing the Business Office as well as facilities services, dining services, and other revenue-generating functions. She has worked in Darlington’s Business Office since 2006, serving as controller for six years and then as chief financial officer from 2011 to 2016. A Certified Public Accountant, Beth holds a B.S. from Clemson University.

Locally, Pollard serves on the boards of directors for the Sexual Assault Center of Northwest Georgia and Rome Area Council for the Arts.

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