Charterbank Foundation Leads Effort to Scholarship Troup and Chambers Co. College Students

Contribution Part of $100K Year-End Goal to Honor Point University President Dean Collins for 10 Years of Service to His Alma Mater

West Point-based CharterBank Foundation has made a $45,000 contribution to fund scholarships for Troup County and Chambers County students who want to attend Point University. The gift will propel the university toward their $100,000 goal to honor Point University President Dean Collins and his wife, Penny, for a decade of visionary leadership and support. To date, more than $70,000 has been raised.

"The impact of Point University on the City of West Point and, indeed, the entire Greater Valley area is obvious to all," said CharterBank CEO Bob Johnson. "The additional higher education opportunities, athletics and cultural programs Point University has brought to our community and the university's positive economic impact are leading the area to a better future. This has all been made possible by Dean Collins' 10 years of noteworthy leadership to this growing liberal arts university and the unwavering support of his amazing wife, Penny."

Point University tapped Collins as its interim president in 2006. He had previously served as an advisor to his alma mater and its trustees, as well as serving as an adjunct faculty member and interim vice president of student development. Collins was appointed president by the college's board of trustees in 2009. In addition to her role as First Lady of Point University, Penny Collins also serves as an adjunct instructor at Point University's West Point campus.

Highlights of Collins' tenure as president include its current record enrollment of some 2,000 students, the 2008 launch of the university's Access adult-degree program, the introduction of an online program in 2014 and the launch of graduate programs in 2016.

Collins and the board of trustees led the 2011 relocation and expansion of the college's main residential campus from Atlanta to West Point in order to accommodate enrollment growth in both traditional and nontraditional degree programs, expand the physical campus and broaden the university's athletic offerings. In conjunction with the expansion and relocation, the school's name was changed from Atlanta Christian College to Point University.

Contributions to this scholarship fund can be made through the end of 2016 online at or by mailing a check to Point University at the following address: 507 W. 10th Street, West Point, Georgia 31833 (note “Honoring Collins” in the memo).

Point University is a four-year liberal arts, Christian university serving the next generation of cultural leaders motivated to live out their faith in the marketplace. Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACSCOC), Point University offers associate and bachelor's degrees in 24 areas of study for full-time, traditional students as well as accelerated degrees for adult learners. The university's main campus is located in West Point, and it offers accelerated adult degree programs at locations in West Point, Peachtree City, Atlanta, McDonough and Savannah, Georgia, as well as Birmingham, Alabama. Follow Point University at, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.