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Collection # DRT-60.12-001

GMA Cadet Regulations and WA Student Handbooks,
1940s, 1961, 1963, 1973, 1979,1991-1997

Main Entry: Office of the Dean of Students
14 Handbooks

Biographical/Historical Note:
The last Commandant of Georgia Military Academy was Col. John R. Burnett, who retired in 1966 as the military program was phased out. The Commandant’s Office was responsible for cadet rules and regulations and all discipline. This position carried formidable responsibilities given the military atmosphere and the number of boarding cadets. Art Krueger became the first Dean of Students of Woodward Academy in 1966. He had been an assistant to Col. Burnett during the 1960s. Dean Krueger retired in 1986 and was followed by Rusty Slider, a 1975 alumnus, who had previously served in the Alumni and Development Offices. When Slider moved to the Director of Admissions position in 1990, Elaine Carroll became the first female Dean of Students. Dean Carroll was also an alumna of the Class of 1975, a member of the science department, and an Assistant Dean of Students. The responsibilities of the Dean of Students began to change somewhat in the 1980s as the boarding enrollment dwindled and the overall student population grew significantly. The boarding program was discontinued in 1993.

Scope and Content:
The collection consists of fourteen printed and staple-bound or spiral-bound handbooks outlining the school’s discipline regulations. Arranged in chronological order, the oldest book has no date, but appears to be from the 1940s. The other two Cadet Regulations of Georgia Military Academy date from 1961 and 1963 and are pocket-sized, 3”x6”, for easy carrying and reference. The two books from the 1970s are larger staple-bound editions and are entitled Woodward Academy Rules and Regulations. Interestingly, thirty years removed from the military environment, the one handbook from 1997 is larger, not pocket-sized, and seems less dogmatic, substituting the phrase “Upper School Student Handbook” for “Rules and Regulations.”


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