Board of Regents Chairman Jim Hull and Chancellor Steve Wrigley announced today that the Board of Regents named Dr. Kirk Nooks as the sole finalist for the position of president of Gordon State College in Barnesville.

Nooks is currently president at Metropolitan Community College (MCC)-Longview in Longview, Mo.

“Dr. Nooks’ experience in higher education provides a strong foundation for Gordon State College to innovate, increase enrollment and strengthen relationships with the Barnesville community and region,” said Wrigley. “I want to thank and commend the Gordon State campus search committee for its efforts and the role it played in this search process. Gordon State College would greatly benefit from Dr. Nooks’ leadership.”

Prior to joining MCC-Longview, Nooks served as both campus dean and executive liaison for diversity at Georgia Highlands College. Nooks holds a doctorate in higher education administration from George Washington University, along with an MBA in marketing and a bachelor of science in industrial management from Mercer University. He is a graduate of the Thomas Lakin Institute for Mentored Leadership and a member of the inaugural cohort of the American Council on Education’s Spectrum Leadership Institute.

“I’m honored to be considered for the role of president of Gordon State. I’m impressed with the students, faculty and staff I’ve met,” said Nooks. “I am excited about the opportunity to become a part of the Gordon State College community.”

The Board of Regents will take action on the selection of the next president of Gordon State College at the board’s next meeting, scheduled for Feb. 13.


Griffin Choral Arts will present Handel’s Messiah, Parts 2 and 3 on March 15, 2018.  Scheduled at 7:30 pm at First Baptist Church, 60 area artists will preform this work. Griffin Choral Arts March 15th concert tickets are $15 and available at the door.

Handel’s oratorio “Messiah’ stands as a pillar of the choral-orchestral repertoire.  We present the second and third parts which illuminate the suffering, death, and resurrection of Christ and also point to the second coming and the vision of the Lamb of God seated on the eternal throne.  Expressive recitatives, dramatic airs, remarkable choruses-including the brilliant “Hallelujah”- radiate the splendor of the one who reigns forever and ever.

Prepare for the Easter season with this work of art. Dr. Steve Mulder serves as artistic director of Griffin Choral Arts.


The Kiwanis Club of Griffin will hold it’s annual Pancake Day Saturday, February 10th at the Kiwanis of Griffin Center, 1025 South Hill Street. Plates will be served continuously from 7:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. for $8.00 each. All proceeds raised through the event go to the support of the Kiwanis scholarship fund.

In new features being offered as part of Pancake Day this year. A drive-thru take out service will be available as well as delivery service to local businesses with a minimum order of 10 plates. To take advantage of the delivery service, local businesses are asked to email orders by Thursday, February 8th to When placing a delivery order, you are asked to include a contact name, address and phone number.