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UGA building to be named after former Gov. Busbee

Governor Busbee (Source: University of Georgia School of Law) Governor Busbee (Source: University of Georgia School of Law)

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - A residence hall at the University of Georgia will be named after former Georgia Gov. George Busbee, who was born in Vienna, and lived most of his life in Albany. He was the 77th Governor of Georgia from 1975 to 1983.

The Georgia Board of Regents voted Tuesday to name the building, in the East Campus Village in Athens, after the late governor.

Busbee established the statewide public kindergarten system. Albanian and UGA President Michael Adams wrote to Chancellor Hank Huckaby that renaming the building would be a fitting honor for Busbee, who was "known by many Georgians as the state's first 'education governor.'"

The Vienna native enrolled as a student at UGA after attending both Georgia Military College and Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College and serving in the U.S. Navy.

After graduation in 1952, he started a law practice in Albany. His campaign motto was: "Elect a workhorse, not a showhorse..."

from: Athens Banner-Herald, http://www.onlineathens.com

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