Armstrong State University, a leading public university with locations in Savannah, Ga. and Hinesville, Ga., officially broke ground earlier today on the new Armstrong Liberty Center in downtown Hinesville. More than 200 community leaders, political dignitaries, faculty, staff and students attended the groundbreaking ceremony.
Georgia Governor Nathan Deal, University System of Georgia Chancellor Hank M. Huckaby, Hinesville Mayor James Thomas, Senator Jack Hill, Representative Al Williams, and Georgia National Guard Maj. Gen. Jim Butterworth addressed the audience at the groundbreaking ceremony.
“The future of those who pass through the Armstrong Liberty Center will be brighter,” Governor Nathan Deal told the audience in attendance. “They will have the opportunity to advance themselves and their families and will help make our state even stronger.”
The Armstrong Liberty Center has experienced a 20 percent increase in enrollment for the past two academic years, demonstrating the growing demand for a larger building in Hinesville. The new Armstrong Liberty Center will offer 21,000 square feet of learning space at the corner of Memorial Drive and Welborn Street in downtown Hinesville, replacing a smaller leased facility on East General Stewart Way.
“During my tenure as Chancellor, there hasn’t been another project that exemplifies partnership more than the Armstrong Liberty Center,” said University System of Georgia Chancellor Hank M. Huckaby. “This project is a manifestation of our commitment to doing whatever we can to support veterans in Georgia. We’re focused on expanding our educational efforts to military personnel and are excited about what’s going on in Hinesville.”
T h e Armstrong Liberty Center currently offers associate degree tracks in liberal studies, criminal justice, business and a variety of health profession areas, as well as bachelor’s degrees in liberal studies and criminal justice. The state-of-the-art expanded facility will include classrooms, science laboratories, faculty/staff offices, common areas, student services and support areas. The building’s design will be sensitive to the aesthetic fabric of the existing community and will complement the existing downtown streetscape.