Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Lake Teel Gets Name; Coastal Georgia Dedicates Its Lake to the President Who Helped Make It Happen

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Lake Teel Gets Name; Coastal Georgia Dedicates Its Lake to the President Who Helped Make It Happen

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Byline: Terry Dickson

BRUNSWICK | College of Coastal Georgia named perhaps the prettiest place on campus Tuesday for the man who decided to create it.

Lake Teel was dedicated to John W. Teel who, during his 22 years as president, decided to accept a developer's offer to excavate fill dirt from the campus to create a lake.

Teel said it was a tough decision.

"Most of you know that digging in this area could lead to a beautiful lake," Teel told his audience at the dedication, "or an ugly, ugly mudhole."

He contacted some experts who "dug and poked around," and told him what he already knew, that it could go either way, but when the water came, it came in clear, Teal said.

He envisioned a lake surrounded by dorms, but it took decades before the campus had its first student housing. Its name is Lakeside Village, and it overlooks the nearly 3-acre lake that now has a pavilion, a walking trail, a dock, a fishing area and a good place for students to just hang out.

Former state University Regent Jim Bishop walked in a little late, having had trouble finding the venue.

"John," he told Teel, "who would have thought 48 years later you could get lost on this campus."

Bishop praised Teel for his absolute determination to "provide affordable education for the men and women in this community."

President Gregory Aloia said, in his three years at the college, he has not heard any former student say they didn't get a good education there.

He also praised Teel for his courage in building a beautiful lake that could have been far less.

Aloia also praised his predecessor Valerie Hepburn for her work in converting two-year Coastal Georgia Community College into a four-year college with building program that transformed the campus.

Mick Cumbie, the college vice president for advancement, announced something else with Teel's name on it: The John and Frances Teel Scholarship that will support students in the School of Education and Teacher Preparation. …

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