Andrew Announces Launch of Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with a K-12 Reading Endorsement

CUTHBERT, GA. – Andrew College is launching a new Bachelor of Science program and a standalone K-12 Reading Endorsement that will be available starting Fall Semester 2021.  Andrew College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACSCOC) Commission on Colleges to award certificates, associate, and baccalaureate degrees.  The new program received approval last week from GaPSC (Georgia Professional Standards Commission).  Andrew College Academic Dean, Dr. Karan Pittman, shared specifics on the timeline of the process.  Pittman stated, “We received confirmation to offer the Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education by our institutional accrediting agency, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) in February 2020.  In October 2020, Georgia Professional Standards evaluated the program and made a recommendation that Andrew College move forward with the program, which received final approval at their board meeting on December 10th.”

According to Andrew College President Dr. Linda Buchanan, offering the new program is important to meet a critical need based on the specific needs of elementary students with regard to literacy development in our local communities in Southwest Georgia and beyond.  Buchanan said, “We are so excited about offering this degree.  We know how critically important reading proficiency is for our children and the gaps in that ability that must be filled in order for children to succeed in school and life. We are looking for students with a passion for teaching children in rural areas, with a particular passion for instilling a love of reading.”

The Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education is a four-year degree, and the standalone K-12 Reading Endorsement is a three-course program that is a total of nine credit hours.  According to Andrew College Director of Elementary Education, Dr. Lourdes H. Smith, these programs will prepare future educators in a multi-faceted approach.  “This program is designed for students who are interested in an opportunity for intellectual, social, and spiritual growth as a way to professionally succeed in becoming an outstanding teacher in the realm of elementary education and reading,” stated Smith.

Teacher candidates will be screened before admission to ensure quality.  Candidates must meet admissions standards.  After the application form has been filled out and returned, students must complete an interview with program faculty to assess attributes and dispositions beyond academic ability.  Students must submit at least two letters of recommendation from former employers/teachers/mentors attesting to the personal character of the applicant.

Students who are interested in the program should contact Lourdes H. Smith, Ph.D., Director of Elementary Education and Assistant Education Professor at for more information.

Andrew College Respiratory Therapy Receives Ventilator Donation

Cuthbert, GA – During this pandemic, pulmonary health and the training of our front line healthcare workers are of immeasurable importance.  The Hospital Authority of Miller County recently donated a Pulmonetic LTV 1150 Ventilator to the Andrew College Respiratory Therapy Program.  With this generous donation, the Respiratory Therapy students will have the means to simulate a mechanically ventilated patient prior to their clinical rotation experience.  This is a huge addition to the Respiratory Therapy laboratory at Andrew College and will greatly benefit the overall hands-on learning experience these students will receive.  Respiratory Therapy program director Kathryn Brown stated, “we are so grateful for this amazing donation and appreciate the Hospital Authority of Miller County as they have been a huge supporter of the Respiratory Therapy program here at Andrew College.”

Andrew College’s Plan to Manage COVID-19


January 5, 2021-UPDATE


Updated information available for the new semester has now been posted.  We are aware of the updates that have been made by the CDC.  We will continue to follow the protocol set forth in our COVID-19 information.

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August 7, 2020-UPDATE

Updated information available for Fall 2020 has now been posted.

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June 4, 2020-UPDATE

We are fully engaged in summer school and preparing for the fall semester.  After a virtual commencement ceremony held on May 16, graduates should expect their diploma, regalia, graduation survey, and other material in the mail sometime after July 1.  We hope you send us some selfies of you in your regalia with your diploma.  We are proud of you graduates!

We have formed a Reopening Team that has broad representation from all areas of the college.  We fully intend to fully reopen for the Fall Semester.  We will make adjustments in student housing, dining services, access to staff offices who most frequently serve students, and other areas of the college to ensure that all students, faculty, and staff are safe.   The work of that team is comprehensive and in close cooperation with the local public health authorities.  We will keep every student and family informed about Fall Semester as the summer progresses.

The Covid-19 numbers in Randolph County have stabilized and flattened.  Our community has rallied around taking care of each other and the local hospital and public health authorities have done an outstanding job.  Of the 19 deaths in Randolph County, 15 are from our nursing home.  While a tragic loss of senior citizens, those cases were largely isolated to that facility, an experience sadly shared by many communities across the country.  We mourn with those families the loss of lives and hope that the flattening of case numbers indicates a positive path forward through the summer into the fall.

Emergency grants from the federal CARES act and residential student credits:  

  1. The business office is currently processing checks for eligible students to be mailed no later than June 10. Students who were enrolled during the spring semester received an email on June 2 with detailed information.
  2. We are processing residential student credit to students who did not return after Spring Break this past semester. The campus remained open during the second half of the semester and the college did not require students to leave campus. Students may access their student accounts after June 10th to view their applied credit. After deducting any balance owed the college, any remaining credit balance will be refunded to the student by mail.  Amount information can be found by accessing the student’s Empower account after June 10.

We wish you a healthy and safe summer.  The COVID-19 virus will remain a factor in college life and operations for a while.  We are taking into consideration every factor for your classroom, residential, athletic, and clinical experience here in the Fall.

Linda R. Buchanan, Ph.D.

May 1, 2020 – UPDATE

We have almost made it!  You have worked hard, your faculty have given you their greatest efforts during this challenging time, and finals are upon us!  Good luck the week of May 4-8 as you complete this semester.  You did it!  But my goodness, we have certainly missed you on campus, and we know you have missed one another.  Some updates and information as we move forward from spring to summer.

Commencement and Nurses Pinning
We will conduct a virtual commencement on Saturday, May 16 at 10:00 a.m. and livestream it to you. We will send you a link and several reminders. We will read every graduate’s name and lead you in singing our beautiful alma mater. Two very special awards are given at commencement as well. The ceremony should be brief, but we hope our graduates and their families can watch it live on the 16th.  Your diplomas, caps and gowns, and a program for commencement will be mailed to you after June 30.  One of the effects of the pandemic was a delay nationwide in printing diplomas.  We will not have a baccalaureate service this year.  Honors Convocation was cancelled of course, but we will post recipients of those awards on the college website soon.  The graduating nursing class will decide with their faculty how they can celebrate their pinning ceremony at some point this summer.

Graduates, we know this is not how you wanted to celebrate your accomplishments and it is certainly not what we wanted for you. Commencement is a time of bittersweet feelings as we send you out to your next chapter in life, whether that is transferring to a four year school or entering the professional world of nursing.  We are including a free registration for Homecoming 2020 in the diploma package, and we will make it up to you at Homecoming if you come back as an alum in October!

Financial Update
Please do not forget to pay your account balance.  Graduates cannot obtain their transcripts and returning students need to have their balances paid before returning in the fall. As you know, the federal government has allocated money to be used as emergency grants for students. We have not yet received those funds which we will issue to you in the form of a mailed check made out to you. The government has also not determined whether you will have to pay tax on those emergency grants.  As soon as we have those funds, and know whether they are taxable, we will process and send the checks to you.  There will be another allotment of federal funds coming to the college.  Those funds will help the college provide residential students an adjustment of their fees for the portion of the semester spent at home.  If you have paid your balance in full, we will issue you another check.  If you have not paid your balance off, we will deduct that adjustment from your balance.

Residence Hall Checkout
We are asking that you make an appointment using to come check out of your room if you have not already done so.  Please do this by June 1.  Over the summer the dorms will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected, and they must be cleared out for that to happen.

Summer School
Summer school will begin as scheduled on May 26.

Fall Semester
Andrew College is planning to fully reopen in the fall. We will operate in complete cooperation with local and regional health officials as we have throughout this pandemic, and some modification of the fall start date may occur. Again, we fully intend to fully reopen in the fall and are planning accordingly. We will continue to update you and your family throughout the summer.

Be safe, stay well, and take care of yourself and your family!

Linda R. Buchanan, Ph.D.


April 1, 2020 UPDATE
Tiger Family –
I am grateful to you, to our faculty, staff, alumni, trustees, and friends of Andrew College, for your flexibility, patience, and support over these past few weeks. This continues to be an extraordinary time. As the COVID-19 situation evolves, so do our plans for the end of the school year. Our Cabinet has been meeting regularly to keep abreast of the situation, both locally and throughout the country and wanted to announce our latest decisions. Please take every precaution to take care of yourselves, your friends, and your family.

Online Learning and Final Exams
As we closely monitor the conditions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, we have decided to extend the online delivery of coursework through the remainder of the semester, including final exams. I was holding out hope that perhaps we could bring everyone back on campus for finals, but unless something drastically positive happens in the next four weeks across the United States, that does not seem probable. Assume that we will complete the semester, including final exams, online.

Commencement and Events
As for Commencement and Nursing Pinning – while May 9 looks improbable, we can adapt as conditions allow to properly celebrate the accomplishments of our graduates. We will continue to monitor regional and local conditions and provide plenty of advance notice to you about how we will conduct Commencement and the pinning ceremony. It most likely will be later than May 9. Or we may Livestream an abbreviated commencement and read all graduates’ names. We want to properly celebrate with you and we will figure it out with your input.

Honors Convocation Ceremony, originally scheduled for April 23, has been canceled. Awards will be mailed to recipients, and we will create a location on the web to list those names.

Residence Halls & Dining Services
We know that some of you have questions related to possible room and board refunds. Some students have chosen to remain on campus and our dining service is providing meals. We continue to follow the requirements and guidance of federal, state, and local authorities. An allocation of emergency federal funds has been approved by Congress and the President, and those funds will be incorporated into our refund policy. We have not received those funds and do not know when they will be disbursed. Any refunds, current term credits, or credits for future terms will not be made until the completion of this semester.

Residential students may come to campus to retrieve their belongings and check out between now and June 1. You must make an appointment with Student Life to do so, as we want to control the number of people in the dorms at any given time to ensure social distance is achieved. You can email to make an appointment at your convenience.

There will be no refunds on tuition. Faculty across the nation, including ours, are working tremendously hard to deliver content to students, and course credits have not changed. Some institutions actually charge more for online education but of course, we will not do that during this exceptional time.

Looking to the Future
Out of a sixteen-week semester, after this week you have four weeks of classes left. You can do it! I know our faculty are working very hard to deliver content to you and cover the material in each and every syllabus you received at the beginning of the semester. There certainly are challenges on both ends of the teaching and learning, challenges that every college and university are experiencing at this time. The difference here is that you can reach out for help at any time and we will do our best to foster your success.

Four more weeks and then finals – YOU CAN DO THIS!!!!

Linda R. Buchanan, Ph.D.

March 20, 2020 UPDATE

Andrew College Community:

We have almost made it through Week One. We have successfully transitioned all coursework to online, faculty have been outstanding, students have all (but a few) engaged in this new reality, and we are moving forward. You may hear that other college and universities’ transition to online teaching has not gone well. We should all be proud of an Andrew faculty and IT infrastructure that has adapted very smoothly.  There are a lot of unanswered questions and a lot of unknown reality about the next few weeks. What we do know is that social distancing, hand washing, and taking care of ourselves is part of taking care of others. 

Dean Pittman has just notified faculty that we know that we will continue to deliver your coursework online through April 10.  No need to build suspense for that; we will make decisions as far in advance as we can so that you have that information as soon as we do. April 10 is Good Friday and an official college holiday as well. Perhaps after Easter we will be back to normal but most likely that will be too soon to hope for. 

Again, we will be in an online delivery mode for coursework at least through April 10.

Residential Students:  if you need to come to campus to gather some belongings, you are welcome to do so. Call the Office of Student Affairs number at 229 310-0266 or email to arrange a time. We are not asking you to completely clean out your room for the semester, but you may need some course materials or personal belongings.  Let us know how we can assist you.  For the two dozen residential students here on campus, Dean McCoy is hand delivering a letter to you today.  Essentially we are asking you to stay here for the duration of the social distancing phase, and not go back and forth to other locations. Feel free to share this communication with your parents.

Commuter students:  we are here for you.  You are in close contact with all your faculty, we know that.  If you need any other kind of assistance please let us know.  We wish we could help you with the demands of childcare as they are now all out of school.  Please take care of yourselves, budget your time the best you can, and take advantage of the academic support that we have in place for you.

Faculty and staff:   You are a remarkable and resilient community and I am so proud of and for you.  We will continue the work of the college and our primary mission of delivering quality education to our students.  If you need a web camera, a more comfortable chair, or moral support, we are able to deliver all or any of that, albeit there is slight delay with those web cameras due to demand.  Many of us are on campus every day.  Others are working from home, switching off with colleagues, definitely maintaining social distance.   

We continue to be in communication with local public health and other authorities.   Be well, be prayerful, and please take care of yourselves.  We will get through this.

Best –
Linda R. Buchanan, Ph.D.


March 17, 2020 UPDATE

Dear Students and Families of Andrew College:

I write to assure you that this semester moves forward with continuity and as much seamlessness as possible under the circumstances. As you already know, effective Monday, March 16 the campus reopened for operations. ALL CLASSES FROM MARCH 16 THROUGH MARCH 27 ARE TO BE CONDUCTED ONLINE. For those residential students wanting to stay on campus, they were able to check in to their residence halls on Sunday, March 15.  Food service continues to be available with some modifications.  SAGE has developed a protocol within their national office to ensure the highest level of food safety.

Please continue to monitor this site for updates as they become available when conditions and parameters change. Our faculty have stepped up and altered all instruction to online delivery. Students, wherever your syllabi paused prior to Spring Break, by now you know that the semester marches on but with changed delivery and means of your participation. Most of our faculty have experience with online education; those that do not are being assisted by their colleagues and staff. You can expect to cover the same material on your syllabi as it is written.

Email becomes a very important means of communication. Students, please check it regularly. I cannot emphasize that enough.  Students have the email address of each of their professors. Other email addresses that you may find useful are listed here; please keep as a reference:

Academic Dean

Financial Aid


Student Accounts

Dean of Students

The college is open and staffed. Faculty may be working from home or they may come in to campus. Nearly all staff are here on campus. We are observing all social distancing protocols. Some of our faculty and staff are in higher risk due to age or existing health challenges. Some of them are so committed to their jobs here that they’ve put up a good fight to be here every day but we have put our foot down and requested they stay home! We will protect you, our faculty and staff, and this community by whatever means necessary. Of course you know that every college and university in the U.S. is adapting to the same conditions until public health allows us to restore normal operating status. And of course we don’t know when that will be.

This pandemic is causing you, your family, your neighbors, your employer, your friends extreme levels of stress, concern, and uneasiness. I wish you grace and strength as we all navigate this together. Andrew College will deliver a quality semester of academic work to our students. We will all get through this together.

Best wishes for strength and resilience –

Linda Buchanan

2020 Honors Day winners announced

May 8, 2020 — Cuthbert, Ga. – Andrew College announced its 2020 Honors Day recipients online this year as it was forced to cancel its yearly ceremony due to COVID-19. Below is the listing of the students,  groups, faculty and staff who received awards and the criteria for the award. Awards, whether in the form of certificate, medallion, plaque or Andy Award statues, will be mailed the week of May 25, 2020.

Rotary Award
Student demonstrates “Service Above Self”
Wade Law, Americus, GA

Pilot Friendship Award
Student demonstrates qualities of kindness, loyalty, compassion, concern, regard for the feelings of others, valued by their peers, promotes friendship and goodwill.
Braden Hatcher, Buford, GA

Phi Theta Kappa Highest GPA Athletic Team Award
Awarded by the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society to the Athletic Team with the highest collective GPA

Phi Theta Kappa Officer Recognition
Awarded to Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society Officers for the Academic Year 2019-2020
President Hannah Sims, Albany, GA
Vice President Megan Royals, Winder, GA
Public Relations Officer Christian Sanchez, Buford, GA
Secretary Shelbie Clawson, Powder Springs, GA

Global Community Award
International Student who demonstrates the best promotion their culture, has helped others to better understand their culture, and has promoted general goodwill.
Christian Sanchez, Buford, GA

Clara Howard Award
Student must have a required GPA and show a genuine interest in pursuing a career in education.
Rebecca Johnson, Hawkinsville, GA

Sarah Anne Staples Award
Student must have a required GPA and show a genuine interest in pursuing a career in the sciences or medical fields.
Megan Royals, Winder, GA

Outstanding Non-Traditional Student
Student must be a full-time registered, non-traditional student, who has shown dedication and commitment to his or her studies.
Matikka Coots, Bainbridge, GA

Outstanding Staff Member Award
This award is to provide recognition to a staff member of Andrew College whose performance on the job has been exceptional and best exemplifies professionalism and dedication to the College and its mission. Any faculty, staff, or administrator may make a nomination.
Kirsten Cochran, Title III Coordinator

Nursing Rising Sophomore Award
This award is presented to a candidate who has successfully completed the first year of the Nursing program with a required GPA  and demonstrates potential to successful complete the program in one year. He or she must exhibit a sincere desire to embrace nursing as a profession and be committed to safety and excellence in all student nursing activities.
Alexander Heath, Bronwood, GA

Vulcan Materials Teaching Excellence Award
This is award provides recognition to a full-time faculty member who demonstrates strong academic skills in the classroom, provides leadership and support in the other areas of campus life, nurtures and academic climate which fosters teaching, provides leadership to enhance the campus community, and is committed to Andrew College and the greater community.  Candidates are nominated by the faculty and staff.  Presented by Vulcan Materials.
Dr. Charles Roberts, Assistant Professor of History

John H. Woodall Award for Excellence in Teaching
Awarded annually to a full-time member who demonstrates excellence in teaching, inspires students to find the best in themselves, and commits to advance and support student success.  The grant supports travel and registration fees for a professional conference in the awarding academic year.  Candidates are nominated by the faculty and staff.
Dr. Farrah Senn, Assistant Professor of English

Woodall Students of the Year
Awarded annually at the inception of the academic year, the John H. Woodall Enhanced Learning Grant for Students is presented to two returning students who display a thirst for knowledge. The grant supports the two students’ travel and registration fees for a professional conference in the awarding academic year. Recipients are approved by the Division Coordinators.
Calie Barber, Lawrenceville, GA
Dylan Kelly, Saint Marys, GA

Departmental Awards
Students demonstrate excellence in specific discipline areas.  Nominations are made by full-time and adjunct faculty in the discipline area.

Megan Royals, Winder, GA

Business Administration
Shawn Host, Beverly Hills, FL
David Ragsdale, Americus, FL

Tytianna Roseborough, Bainbridge, GA

Criminal Justice
Devon Foster, Buford, GA

Rebecca Johnson, Hawkinsville, GA

Wade Law, Americus, GA
Christian Sanchez, Buford, GA

Kaleb Podger, Columbus, GA

Health Education
Nashaly Aldea Rodriguez, Leesburg, FL

Calie Barber, Lawrenceville, GA

Luke Griffin, Leesburg, GA

Information Systems
India Roper, Midland, GA

Colby Fields, McDonough, GA

Joel Negron, Columbus, GA

The Andrew College Nursing Outstanding Student is selected by the nursing faculty. The candidate must have successfully completed all courses in the nursing program with a required GPA or higher with demonstration of excellence in all clinical activities. The candidate must exhibit the values of the nursing profession and exude high potential for a successful nursing career.
Clint Anthony, Ellaville, GA
Alicia Furlow, Monatezuma, GA

Physical Education
Julian McLeod, Valdosta, GA

Physical Science
Connor Hixson, Powder Springs, GA
Wade Law, Americus, GA
Tyler McKay, St. Augustine, FL
Sarah Merrill, Abbeville, AL

Keith Littles, Augusta, GA

Political Science
Christian Sanchez, Buford, GA

Trevor Jackson, Montezuma, GA
Keshaun Mays, Tifton, GA
Taylor Mitchell, Midland, GA

Religion & Philosophy
Taylor Mitchell, Midland, GA

Servant Leadership
Shelbie Clawson, Powder Springs, GA
Colby Fields, McDonough, GA

Kaleb Podger, Columbus, GA

Sustainable Agriculture
Christopher Cannon, Abbeville, GA

Hannah Sims, Albany, GA

Visual Arts
Sarah Merrill, Abbeville, AL

The Andy Awards are the highest honors given at Andrew College.  These awards honor students who have demonstrated highest level leadership, services, and achievement. The Andy Award for Scholarship, given at Commencement, is presented to the student with the highest GPA.

Andy Award for Leadership
Student demonstrates outstanding leadership qualities
Shawn Host, Beverly Hills, FL

Andy Award for Service
Student demonstrates instances of outstanding service
Rebecca Johnson, Hawkinsville, GA

Andy Award for Achievement
Students demonstrates achievement on a regional, state, or national level
Hannah Sims, Albany, GA

Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition welcomes special guests

February 24, 2020 – Cuthbert, GA – The Smithsonian’s traveling exhibit, “Crossroads: Change in Rural America” that is currently open in Cuthbert, welcomed special guests throughout the month of February. Visiting on February 7 were former Senator Sam Nunn and his wife Colleen. Visiting later in the month on February 19 were members of the Georgia Tourism Product Development team.

This is the final week that the traveling exhibit will be open. You can find it at 72 Dawson Street in downtown Cuthbert. The hours are M-W, noon-6 p.m.; Thurs., 2-8 p.m.; and F-S, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. It is free and open to all. The exhibit’s final day is February 29. After that, the exhibit will be moving to Summerville, GA and will be there from March 7 to April 18. Cuthbert is the smallest community to host the exhibit out of the six communities in the state that were chosen.

The exhibit was months in the planning stages by its host, Andrew College. The exhibit examines the evolving landscape of rural American during the 20th century. There are also local exhibits on display that include agriculture, timber, electric power, education, Native America, and religion.

Mary Jane Salter, site co-director, remarked that she was extremely pleased at the response that the exhibit has brought. She said that before the exhibit closes, there will have been over 2,000 people visit the site and the collaborative lecture and musical events.

Photo: Tom Aderhold, Andrew College alumni; Mary Jane Salter, site co-director of the exhibit; Andrew College President Linda Buchanan; Former U.S. Senator Sam Nunn; Colleen Nunn; George Flowers, Andrew College Board of Trustee chair; and Kay Aderhold, Andrew College alumnae and Board of Trustee vice-chair.


Final Rural Smithsonian Exhibit event held

February 24, 2020 – Cuthbert, Ga. – Andrew College students and community members drifted into the Randolph Welcome Center as the musicians warmed up for the final Smithsonian Museum on Mainstreet Exhibit’s collaborative scheduled event, “Sounds from Randolph County.” The musical event was held in the restored courtroom on Thursday, February 20.

Selections from Boudleaux Bryant, country music and pop songwriter from Shellman, Georgia, were performed by touring bluegrass and country music artist, Dave Shepherd. Shepherd interlaced his musical selections with fun and informative facts about Bryant, including how he and his co-writer and wife, Felice, met—and their short two-day courtship before eloping.

Following Shepherd, other regional musicians, under the direction of Andrew College Music and Jazz Professor Dan Kolan, performed lively selections from Fletcher Henderson. Henderson was born in Cuthbert and was an American pianist, bandleader, arranger and composer. He was important in the development of big band jazz and swing music.

A Fletcher Henderson Jazz Festival is held in Cuthbert every October, and the City of Shellman commemorates the legacy of Boudleaux Bryant and Felice Bryant each fall with a festival, as well as a memorial marker in the City Park. Fletcher Henderson is also featured in two murals in downtown Cuthbert.

Mary Jane Salter, special assistant to the president at Andrew College and site co-director of the Smithsonian’s Rural Exhibit, said, “I’m so pleased that we were able to bring such amazing musical talent to the Cuthbert community. This was our third and final collaborative scheduled event and it rounded off the six-week visit of the Exhibition, perfectly. We are so happy that the community has come together during this time with their financial support and volunteer efforts. We are already looking at more ways to keep the momentum going so that we can work together in future endeavors to attract tourism and highlight all that we have to offer in Randolph County.”

There is still time to visit the Smithsonian Exhibit located at 72 Dawson Street. It is open through February 29, on the south side of the square in Cuthbert. To date, close to 2,000 people have visited the site and attended collaborative events. Andrew College is hosting the exhibition.

Warren Bush Hall reopens after being closed for over 15 years
Warren Bush Hall reopens after 17 years

January 27, 2020

Cuthbert GA – A ribbon cutting was held on Sat., January 25 at Andrew College to officially open the newly renovated Warren Bush Hall. The renovation brought back to life a building that had been closed for over 15 years. It originally opened in 1901 and cost approximately $12,000 to build.

Today, with the help of a low interest USDA loan, the building stands ready to greet students with seven new classrooms, 11 faculty offices and student study space. The nursing department also will call Warren Bush its home.

President Linda R. Buchanan welcomed all and thanked those who had been involved with the remarkable renovation. USDA State Director Joyce White spoke about the grant and loan programs that are available to rural America from USDA Rural Development.

Other people attending the ribbon cutting were former and current faculty and staff members, contractors, architects and representatives from Andrew College’s board of trustees. The building was open for tours after the cutting.

Magnolia Alley brings more vibrancy to downtown Cuthbert
Magnolia Alley

December 3, 2019 – Cuthbert, Ga. – Andrew College hosted a jazz reception, alley dedication and artist recognition on the evening of November 19 in downtown Cuthbert. Dr. Dan Kolan, assistant professor of music at Andrew College, and other musicians including Andrew student Avery Dixon, Riverdale, GA, provided the lively jazz in 80 Peachtree Street. Then, thanks to an AARP Community Challenge grant, the lights came on in Magnolia Alley. Permanent benches, lighting and a pergola have transformed the alley into a gathering space for the entire community.

The new landscaping hardscapes round out the wall murals that Andrew College Mural Artist Chris Johnson painted earlier in the alley. The mural work was made possible with the support of a Tourism Product Development Grant.

A large crowd gathered to witness the official alley dedication. Cuthbert Mayor Steve Whatley, Andrew College President Linda R. Buchanan and Local Historian Karan Pittman all spoke about the significance of improvements made to the community and introduced and commended those whose hard work was instrumental in creating the new space. President Buchanan also acknowledged Chris Johnson for recently being named by Gov. Brian Kemp as a recipient of the Governor’s Award for the Arts and Humanities.

Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition officially opens its doors
Smithsonian Rural Exhibit in Cuthbert, GA 2020

January 27, 2020 – Cuthbert, GA -The crowd flowed out the door onto the sidewalk at the Grand Opening Ceremony for the Smithsonian’s traveling exhibit, “Crossroads: Change in Rural America.” The ceremony was held on Saturday, January 25 in downtown Cuthbert. Over 100 people attended and were welcomed by Cuthbert Mayor Steve Whatley and Andrew College President Linda R. Buchanan. Andrew College is hosting the exhibit in a building they own at 72 Dawson Street. Locals will remember it as the former Maloof Building. Music, directed by Dr. Dan Kolan, was provided by the Andrew College Jazz Combo.

Special guests in attendance who gave short remarks included Laura McCarty, Georgia Humanities president; Ann McCleary, exhibit curator, West Georgia University; Gerald Greene, state representative; Kathy Burns, representative for Senator David Perdue;  Joyce White, USDA state director; Anthony Parker, Albany Tech president; Cheryl Meadows, Diverse Power representative;

Wesley Williams, Randolph Co. Commission chairman; Rebecca White, Randolph Co. Chamber and Development Authority director; Karan Pittman, site co-director & Andrew College academic dean; and Mary Jane Salter, site co-director & Andrew College special assistant to the president. George Flowers, Andrew College board chairman was also in attendance.

Months in the planning stages, the main exhibit examines the evolving landscape of rural American during the 20th century. There are also local exhibits on display that include agriculture, timber, electric power, education, Native America, and religion. Visitors are also able to vote on their favorite rural photo at an exhibit featuring a photo competition.

Mary Jane Salter, site co-director, remarked that she was extremely pleased at the turn out for the Grand Opening. “People have come together to support the exhibit and discuss what they would like the future of Cuthbert and Randolph County to be. The local exhibits are especially interesting to our visitors and our docents have said that they’ve already heard many conversations revolve around those displays. I was especially delighted on Saturday to meet Teddy Maloof, the grandson of the former owner of the Maloof Building. He told me many stories about being in Cuthbert and working at his grandfather’s store.” Salter said that these stories are important to hear in order to understand the history of our community.

In conjunction with the Grand Opening, Andrew College hosted a Farmer’s Market in Magnolia Alley. Business Professor Chris Serafin was instrumental in securing vendors. This will be an ongoing market, the next one to be held on Feb. 15.

Cuthbert is one of only six communities in Georgia to be hosting the Smithsonian exhibit. It is part of Museum on Main Street, a partnership with the Smithsonian Institution and Georgia Humanities.

The exhibit will be open through February 29 at these times: Mon.-Wed., noon to 6 p.m.; Thurs. 2-8 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Other hours available by request.

In conjunction with the exhibit, unique stories will be told through the following lectures, music and historic tours.

  • Lecture: Changes in Government and Community, Thurs., Jan. 30, 1:30 p.m., Liddie Murphy Theatre, Old Main, Andrew College, 501 College Street, Cuthbert
  • Lecture: The Influence of the Agriculture & Timber Industries in Randolph County and Southwest Georgia, Sat., Feb. 8, Shellman Depot, 58 Park Ave., Shellman. Breakfast, 9 a.m., lecture follows
  • Historic Music Performance, Sounds from Randolph County: Thurs., Feb. 20, 6 p.m., Historic Randolph County Courthouse, 51 Court St., Cuthbert
  • Henderson House Museum: Open M-W, 2-4 p.m., Thurs, 4-6 p.m., F-S, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; 338 Andrew Street, Cuthbert
  • Permanent Exhibits featuring medical history, the Civil War, and the African American mid 1800s community are located at the Historic Randolph County Courthouse, 51 Court St., Cuthbert

Major sponsors of the local Smithsonian exhibition include Andrew College, Georgia Farm Bureau, Diverse Power, Golden Triangle RC&D, Randolph Chamber of Commerce, Benevolence Church, and P & P Land Services, LLC. All events are free and open to all.

USDA makes investment in Andrew College
USDA loan closing

January 13, 2020 – Cuthbert, Ga. – Representatives of the USDA met with Andrew College President Linda Buchanan, board members and staff, on January 8 for an official loan closing signing. The low cost loan has allowed Andrew College to complete two building projects and to consolidate long term debt.

Jack Stanek, community programs director of the Georgia State Office of Rural Development, said that the Andrew College project was a perfect fit for the mission of the USDA loan program. “We see this as an investment in Southwest Georgia,” he remarked during the closing.

The two visible building projects included bringing Warren Bush Hall back to life after being closed for over 15 years, and building four new student housing units. Warren Bush Hall was completely renovated and now houses seven new classrooms, 11 faculty offices, student study space and the nursing program. The new student housing has a total of 32 beds in the four houses. It sits in the area where the former Patterson Hall was located before teardown and the area will be known as the Patterson Quad.


President Buchanan said that she was deeply grateful to Julie Cadle, Andrew College CFO, the consultants at Longhouse Capital, auditor Ryan Inlow, Andrew College’s board of trustees, attorney Tim Davis, Freeman Construction, architect Alex Griggs, Andrew Lowrey from National Resource Management and each tradesperson who brought Warren Bush back to life.

She said, “If you want to see what 120 year old heart pine looks like (and it’s actually more like 200+ years old given its age when it was crafted), regard the stairpost and the doors on the first floor. We used doors from the second floor to make the new entry way; local carpenter Eric Johnson built the doorway. The old heart pine floors are a darker wood than the first floor hallway, we kept all that we could.” Warren Bush was originally opened in 1901.

Andrew College will be holding two informal Open Houses for the area community to tour the new facilities. Visitors can tour the renovated Warren Bush Hall and the newly constructed student house units from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on January 18 and from 2-3 p.m. on January 25. Volunteers will be stationed at both locations to provide assistance. Andrew College is located at 501 College St. in Cuthbert.