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ABAC grows student body, faculty

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Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College reaches a major milestone. For the first time in the college's 105 year history, the school of Agriculture and Natural Resources has more than a thousand students.

ABAC'S School of Agriculture and Natural Resources is known for its hands on learning, strong leadership and abundant internships. But this semester the focus is on the number of students attending class.

"I'm just glad to be here, I think its kind of a fuss because I'm the 1001st because there were a thousand ahead of me, I was just lucky enough to be late getting signed up for classes," said Andy Dunn ABAC Student. 

And the students aren't the only ones thrilled about the growth of the program. 

"It's terrific to have that many students choosing to come to ABAC to study Agriculture and Natural Resources," said Dr. David Bridges, President of ABAC.  

Dr. Tim Marshall sees the leadership in his students and he thinks that is one of the main reason for the growth of the program. 

"I think that leadership is probably the most important critical addition to what we see in the student body and that's the impact I see," said Dr. Tim Marshall, Dean of Agriculture and Natural Resources. 

Now that ABAC is starting to get record number of students, the faculty needs to make sure the bar keeps getting raised for their students. 

"What we're going to try and do is continue to increase the level of instruction the quality of instruction to make sure we are meeting these needs for future employment opportunities," said Dr. Tim Marshall.  

As the buzz continues to spread around campus and more students flood the classrooms, ABAC faculty members as certain of one thing, the sky is the limit.

ABAC had a breakfast this morning with one thousand doughnuts, one for each enrolled student. 

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