AMERICUS (Dec. 12, 2013)—The Georgia Southwestern Foundation Board of Trustees held its fall 2013 full board meeting recently with Chairman Jimmy Skipper presiding. During the meeting, George Pritchard was voted a life trustee and four other current members were re-elected: Rick Davis, Mike Denham, Wallace Mays and Skipper. Nominated and elected by their peers, the 26-member group provides external oversight to the Foundation’s operations.
“The GSW Board of Trustees commit many resources – time, talent and monetary – to ensure the financial stability of the Foundation,” said Foundation Executive Director Reda Rowell. “Because of their dedicated efforts, current and future students will receive scholarships ultimately benefiting the entire community.”
Pritchard has been a trustee since fall 2003. He is retired from the London Agency in Atlanta, and he received his Juris Doctor from Woodrow Wilson Law School in Atlanta. Both he and his wife, Linda, are GSW alumni, and they live in Atlanta and have one son.
Davis was elected to the board of trustees in fall 2007, currently serving as secretary and previously serving on the finance committee. He is the owner of Rick Davis Automotive in Americus. A former quarterback for the GSW Hurricanes football team, Davis was inducted into the GSW Athletics Hall of Fame. He is also a former member of the Sumter County Board of Commissioners. Davis and his wife, Mary Kathryn, are both GSW alumni. They have four children and are members of Central Baptist Church.
Denham has been a trustee since spring 1998, and he previously served on the golf, personnel and benefits committees. He is the owner of The Denham Agency. Denham and his wife, Carol (GSW alumna), have two sons and are members of First United Methodist Church.
Mays has served on the board of trustees since fall 1994 and previously served on the executive committee as nominating chair. Mays is an obstetrician/gynecologist with Phoebe Sumter OB/GYN Associates, and he is also a volunteer with the Fuller Center for Housing, having provided aid in Peru. He and his wife, Kitty, are members of First Baptist Church.
Currently serving as chairman, Skipper has been a trustee since fall 1989. He is an attorney with Gatewood, Skipper & Rambo and is a former state representative serving District 116 from 1991-2004. Skipper is also a past president of the Americus Kiwanis Club. He and his wife, Diana (GSW alumna), have four grown children and are members of First Baptist Church
The Foundation provides funds for Georgia Southwestern and manages assets and gift accounts for the University. The Foundation’s purpose is to promote in various ways the cause of higher education in the state of Georgia, with particular emphasis on the development of Georgia Southwestern State University. Contributions to the GSW Foundation are tax deductible.
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