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November 3, 2006

Thomasville-  Thomas University officials has a new President. Friday afternoon the liberal arts university inaugurated its 13th President. 

Dr. Gary Bonvillian considers himself lucky to be Thomas University's thirteenth President. Bonvillian started in July and has been busy leading up to his inauguration Friday. His future at the school appears to be just as non stop as the first four months.

"Within the next few months we'll be surveying this property to see how far we can go in building it out. Our first priority though is a new classroom and office building," said Dr. Gary Bonvillian, Thomas University President.

While students could soon see physical changes on campus, they won't see a change in the University's charm or character.

"You don't want classes to get too big, you want the faculty and students to have a good strong close working relationship. We want the students to feel comfortable on campus," said Bonvillian.

Enrollment is around 800, but is expected to grow to a thousand. The new President doesn't plan to stay behind the desk, at a recent sit down with students Bonvillian's message was expect to see me on campus.

"I like the sports programs, I like the festivals and things they put on and I like to interact with the students," said Bonvillian.

It's just what many students want from their University President.

"His main goal is getting us to a better place as far as our education, that's what I like most," said Jerrica Adams, a student.

The community has always had a good relationship with the University, it's a relationship Bonvillian wants to continue to grow.

"I want to keep that tradition going and make it even bigger and better for them," said Bonvillian.

With four different Presidents in the last ten years, Thomas University may have found what they've been looking for, a man who wouldn't mind a long commitment at what he considers a great institution. 

Thomas University is also expected to consider satellite campuses and international connections as a part of its growth.

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