AMERICUS (April 23, 2012)—Every business student knows that product, place, and promotion are three of the “Four Ps” in marketing. If service is the product and the Americus community is the place, no one promotes it better than John Stovall, Ph.D. An associate professor of marketing at Georgia Southwestern State University, Stovall is the 2012 recipient of the University’s Featured Public Servant Award. The announcement was made today.
John S. Stovall, 2012 Georgia Southwestern State University Featured Public Servant (image background – Sumter Historic Trust’s Lee Council House).
Initiated in 2008 by GSW President Kendall A. Blanchard, Ph.D., this award is presented to an employee at Georgia Southwestern who makes valuable contributions to the community where he or she lives and works. It is also a way to remind the larger Americus community that Georgia Southwestern faculty and staff play an important role in the social and cultural life of that community.
A reception to honor him is scheduled for Tuesday, May 1 at 5 p.m. in the Rotunda of the Wheatley Administration Building.
“I fell in love with Sumter County and Georgia Southwestern State University when I arrived in Americus almost seven years ago,” said Stovall. “I am honored to receive the Featured Public Servant Award, but really, I love every minute of my time at school and in the community.”
In those seven years, Stovall’s community involvement has been extensive, in particular with the Sumter Historic Trust. The Historic Trust is a member-driven organization that helps maintain Americus and Sumter County’s rich historic traditions. While serving as a general board member, Stovall also is the Trust’s volunteer manager for Lee Council House rentals and the house pool, and he serves on the Trust’s board for the Revolving Fund. In the past year alone, he has helped raise over $25,000 through various fundraising events.
“We are extremely lucky to have such a dedicated and loyal person as a member of The Sumter Historic Trust,” said Mark Minick, president of the Sumter Historic Trust. “John is the type of person you can count on and gives his all in everything he does.”
Stovall also sits on the Archway Partnership’s Bridging Campus to Community Committee aimed at fostering a “College Town” culture. The Archway Partnership is a University of Georgia community engagement platform created to address self-identified community needs.
His other community involvement includes membership in the Americus-Sumter Chamber of Commerce and the local Downtown Development Authority where he serves on the Finance and Building Committees.
In addition to his work off campus, Stovall is just as active on campus serving as faculty advisor to several student organizations and serving on numerous committees. Most notably is his work with Georgia Southwestern’s SIFE Team (Students In Free Enterprise) for which he is a Sam Walton Fellow. During his tenure as faculty advisor, the GSW SIFE Team has placed either first or second at the annual regional competition in Atlanta. At the 2012 regional competition earlier this month, GSW’s SIFE Team was given a 4.0 Award, recognizing the top five percent of SIFE teams internationally.
At the Spring 2011 Commencement, Stovall was awarded the Excellence and Commitment to Teaching Award, voted on by the 2010 graduating class and funded by the GSW Alumni Association. Given by senior student-athletes, he has also been the recipient of the MVP Faculty Award the last four years.
Stovall joined the GSW faculty in 2005. Prior to that, he served on the marketing faculty and as a computer consultant at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Before his career move to higher education, Stovall worked in the textile industry after completing service in the U.S. Army.
A native of Griffin, Stovall earned his bachelor’s, master's and Ph.D. in marketing from UIC. He resides in Americus.
John Stovall, back center, stands with SIFE students during the reception on May 1 honoring him as the 2012 Featured Public Servant.
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