Georgia College and State University is located in Milledgeville, GA, just 30 miles northeast of Macon. The 40 acre campus sits downtown nearby the former state Capitol – Milledgeville served as the capital of Georgia from 1804-1868. The University was founded in 1889 as Georgia Normal and Industrial College to prepare young women for teaching or industrial careers. It became coeducational in 1967; in 1996, the Board of Regents approved a change of name to Georgia College & State University and designated the school as Georgia’s “Public Liberal Arts University.” The compressed campus features architecture that is reminiscent of early the 19th century antebellum period. Among the notable alumni is the CEO of GEICO Tony Nicely.