Berry College New Site of Governor’s Honors Program

Release Date: August 29, 2016

The Governor’s Office of Student Achievement has selected Berry College in Rome, Ga., as the new site of the prestigious Governor’s Honors Program beginning in 2017. 

The Governor’s Honors Program is a four-week, summer residential program for 650 gifted and talented high school students in Georgia. Students who participate in the program attend classes in a wide variety of fields, including communicative arts, engineering, mathematics, science, agricultural science, social studies, world languages, visual arts, and the performing arts (e.g. music, dance, theatre.) 

“We are thrilled to host the Governor’s Honors Program,” said Berry College President Stephen Briggs. “Berry’s campus is an ideal setting for a residential program that offers innovative and engaging experiences for Georgia’s most talented students.   We expect the GHP students to make the most of this amazing place and its academic, artistic and recreational opportunities.  What a great way for them to test-drive what college can be.” 

The Governor’s Office of Student Achievement is committed to creating intentional opportunities for students to experience rigorous academic challenges while building meaningful relationships with their fellow students.   

Berry was chosen from a group of colleges and universities across the state that expressed interest in hosting the honors program. The Governor’s Office of Student Achievement recognizes the ability of Berry College to provide appropriate academic and residential space, as well as a strong partnership and 21st century resources to support the continued advancement of the program. 

Berry College Vice President for Student Affairs Debbie Heida added, “Our specialty is a great residential academic community and that fits with Governor’s Honors Program. We’ll treat these students as our own students.” 

Beginning this new partnership with Berry College, the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement remains committed to ensuring that the honors program provides the brightest young minds in Georgia a unique learning experience that cultivates and challenges the next generation of global critical thinkers, innovators, and leaders. More information at