Impact 'For a Very Long Time'; College, Community Thank Corrells for Legacy of Giving to Help Future Teachers

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Byline: Terry Dickson

BRUNSWICK | A year after breaking ground for it, Pete and Ada Lee Correll were back at College of Coastal Georgia for Friday's dedication of the new teacher education building that they jump-started with a contribution.

After college President Valerie Hepburn called the Corrells forward to recognize them for their gift, Pete Correll turned it around in characteristic fashion, thanking Hepburn for letting him know about the opportunity.

When Hepburn told him of the need, Correll said, "It took about two seconds.'' Ada Lee Correll was a teacher as were both of the Corrells' mothers. He noted that the steps to success "start with a teacher."

The amount they gave was not disclosed. The facility cost $9.2 million, with the state borrowing $7.6 million to build it.

The Corrells also gave $1 million toward a teen center for the Boys and Girls Club in Brunswick that is named for Pete Correll's mother, Elizabeth Correll, and they donated to educational facilities in Swainsboro, where Ada Lee Correll grew up.

The teacher education facility is the last of many building projects - most of them big - for Hepburn, who has announced she is moving on to other things in May.

University System Chancellor Hank Huckaby said the college "is becoming very quickly one of the rising stars in our system.''

The college will play a critical role in producing the college graduates that Georgia needs, he said.

The center opened for the spring semester, and also houses centers for writing and service learning. …