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Mercer University Presidents

Raleigh Kirby Godsey (1979-2006)

  • Establigodseyshed schools of business, medicine, engineering, education, continuing education and professional studies, theology, and nursing, as well as a university press and an engineering research center
  • Increased the endowment from $16.5 million in 1979 to $225 million in 2001
  • Raised student enrollment from 3,800 to more than 7,300 during the same time period
  • On the Macon campus: constructed a 230,000 square foot university center, a library, music building, religious life center, a dormitory, Greek Village, and student apartments
  • Assumed responsibility for the Grand Opera House in downtown Macon
  • On the Atlanta campus: constructed student apartments, academic buildings for business/education/nursing/theology, a gymnasium, and a pharmacy teaching and research center 
  • Established academic centers in Douglas and Henry counties
  • Led in outreach aimed at neighborhood revitalization and university research on issues bearing on social, economic, and educational improvements in the community
  • Quick bio: (1936- ); B.A., B.D., M.A., Th.D., Ph.D., L.H.D.; spouse: Joan Stockstill (1959)

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