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Conner Hall
The University of Georgia

College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences
Conner Hall, UGA

“This massive cream colored building that sits atop Ag Hill has a regal feel. After taking numerous photos from different angles, I decided on this view from the left. The ornate window decorations have much detail, the darkness inside the pillars add punch, and the fall leaves add color.”

In 1859, agriculture made its first official appearance at the University of Georgia under the Georgia State College of Agriculture and Mechanical Arts. In 1906, with efforts spearheaded by UGA Chancellor Walter B. Hill and state representative James J. Conner, the College of Agriculture was formed when the Conner Act passed the state legislature. This measure appropriated $100,000 for a building and equipment, and in1908 Agriculture Hall, renamed Conner Hall in 1923, was completed. Canadian Andrew M. Soule was named president and later first dean of the college. In 1909, classes started with 62 students, and in 1918 the college was the first at UGA to accept women. One hundred years later, student numbers have increased to 1,816 undergraduate and graduate students on three campuses in Athens, Griffin and Tifton. The college also has research and education centers in Attapulgus, Camilla, Eatonton, Savannah, Blairsville, Calhoun and Plains.  As part of the college, UGA Cooperative Extension has offices in 157 counties and five 4-H centers in Hampton, Jekyll Island, Eatonton, Tybee Island and Dahlonega.

The 100th birthday of Conner Hall was commemorated April 11, 2008 on the front lawn of the building. The event included the unveiling of a Conner Hall original watercolor painting by Athens artist Jill Leite. Alumni, friends and special guests of UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences gathered to rededicate the building that has long served as the administrative headquarters for the college.

Notable Moments

Conner Hall Centennial Celebration - April 11, 2008
Unveiling painting of Conner Hall