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Founders' Day Event in Atlanta Continues Kick-Off of University's 175th Anniversary Celebration


February 25, 2008

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Mark Vanderhoek
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ATLANTA  — Mercer University, which is celebrating its 175th year, will mark the anniversary with a special Founders’ Day event in Atlanta on Tuesday, Feb. 26 in Day Hall. The event begins at 3 p.m. and will formally kick-off the 175th anniversary celebrations on Mercer’s Cecil B. Day Graduate and Professional Campus in Atlanta.

The Founders’ Day event will feature a keynote address by Mercer Chancellor R. Kirby Godsey. The event will also feature a presentation of an American flag that flew over the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 14, the day of Mercer's founding 175 years ago.

Godsey, who was the longest serving president in Mercer's history, accepted appointment to chancellor upon leaving the president’s office on June 30, 2006. During his 27-year tenure, he expanded the University to include a business school, engineering school, medical school, school of education, theology school and music school and greatly expanded University enrollment and endowment. Godsey is also working on a book on the University's history, being developed for the 175th anniversary.

About Mercer University:
Founded in 1833, Mercer University is a dynamic and comprehensive center of undergraduate, graduate and professional education. The University has 7,300 students; 11 schools and colleges – liberal arts, law, pharmacy, medicine, business, engineering, education, theology, music, nursing and continuing and professional studies; major campuses in Macon and Atlanta; four regional academic centers across the state; a university press; two teaching hospitals — Memorial Health University Medical Center and the Medical Center of Central Georgia; educational partnerships with Warner Robins Air Logistics Center in Warner Robins and Piedmont Healthcare in Atlanta; an engineering research center in Warner Robins; a performing arts center in Macon; and a NCAA Division I athletic program. For more information, visit

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