SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Mayor Eddie DeLoach celebrated Savannah College of Art and Design’s 40th anniversary by presenting Founder and President Paula Wallace with a key to the City of Savannah.
It was only fitting that the ceremony happened at Poetter Hall, SCAD.'s first classroom building.
The school's first year only saw 71 students enrolled.
In 2019, there are 15,000 students enrolled in SCAD’s global campuses in Savannah, Atlanta, Hong Kong, and Lacoste, France.
SCAD has made a huge economic impact over its 40 years in Savannah. Mayor DeLoach says he’s thankful for that.
“The economic impact, you can’t measure," said Mayor DeLoach. "The impact they’ve had on just the name Savannah is synonymous with SCAD. And everybody knows if you talk about SCAD, you know Savannah, Savannah you know SCAD. So we benefited off their name and I feel like the two together is much stronger than one each.”
SCAD now operates 80 buildings throughout downtown and midtown Savannah.
Many of them were abandoned and were brought back to life by the university.
SCAD also offers more than 100 degree programs.