Monday, August 23, 2010

Mourning the Passing of Mr. Robin (Rob) Tornow

The University Community mourns the passing of Mr. Robin (Rob) Tornow, Director of the University of West Georgia-Newnan from 1996-2007. Tornow passed away early this morning in Newnan. A retired Air Force Brigadier General, Rob transformed the UWG Newnan Facility from a very small off-site center of approximately 200 students to the primary source of higher education for citizens of Coweta County and surrounding areas. When Tornow retired in 2007, the Newnan Facility had grown to an enrollment of more than 2000 students annually. Under his leadership, several degree programs began to be offered at UWG-Newnan, including the BSN in nursing, the MBA, and several graduate-level education programs. He also helped to facilitate more than $1 million in infrastructure improvements, funded in part through partnerships that he nurtured with Coweta County.

"Rob worked tirelessly. He had extraordinary administrative skills and a remarkable ability to work with both University personnel and community leaders,” said Dr. Don Wagner, Dean of the Honors College, Extended Degree Programs, and USG eCore. “His sustained commitment to higher education served to make the Newnan Center one of the units in which this University can take great pride. All of us in the Honors College and Extended Degree Programs will miss Rob greatly."

Tornow was 68. Visitation will be Tuesday from 6 - 8 p.m. at McKoon Funeral Home in Newnan. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Wednesday at the First United Methodist Church, 33 Greenville St., Newnan. In lieu of flowers, contributions should be sent to: Lung Cancer Research Foundation, 845 Third Avenue, 6th Floor, New York, New York, or online at

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