More than 150 family and friends gathered at Georgia Highlands College’s Cartersville campus Thursday morning for a memorial service and dedication of the Carolyn H. Hamrick Student Support Hub. Hamrick, who died suddenly in January, was the campus dean.
“Carolyn was the heart and soul of this college,” said Renva Watterson, interim president. “She was the leader of this campus. Her title was campus dean but she reached so far across student and faculty lines to facilitate what we’re all here to do — create a more educated Georgia.”
Hamrick began her career as a part-time reading instructor at then-Floyd College. Four years later, she worked her way up to a full-time position and later moved into the administrative side as campus dean.
“She literally grew this campus and this program,” Watterson said.
Tatiana Smithson represented the Student Government Association.
“It is fitting that the student hub be named for Dean Hamrick,” she said, “because she was the hub of this college. Everyone who met her was influenced by her.”
Raymond Carnley, chief advancement officer and executive director of the GHC Foundation, unveiled the plaque honoring Hamrick, which read:
“In memory of Carolyn H. Hamrick, 1948-2014, and in recognition of her steadfast commitment to our students, her dedication to faculty and staff, her lifelong passion for teaching and learning, and for her 24 years of service to Georgia Highlands College. Dedicated April 24, 2014.”
Hamrick’s husband, Bill, struggled to hold back his tears as he thanked the college for the honor.
“This has been a very difficult three months for our family,” he said. ”It happened so quickly, we never really had a chance to say goodbye. She loved the Georgia Highlands community. She was a hub person, so it is appropriate that the student hub center carry her name.”