AMERICUS (May 23, 2013)—The Georgia Southwestern Foundation Board of Trustees held its spring full board meeting earlier this month with Chairman Jimmy Skipper presiding. 

GSW Foundation holds spring 2013 meeting
Whaley voted life trustee, group re-elects four others

AMERICUS (May 23, 2013)—The Georgia Southwestern Foundation Board of Trustees held its spring full board meeting earlier this month with Chairman Jimmy Skipper presiding. During the meeting, Rick Whaley (’89) was voted a life trustee and four other current members were re-elected: Barry Blount (’78), Jay Cliett, Doug Moses (’97) and Jeffrey Waldrop, Ph.D. Nominated and elected by their peers, the 28-member group provides external oversight to the Foundation’s operations.

“We are grateful to these life and renewing trustees, along with our entire Foundation Board, for their dedication to GSW,” said Reda Rowell, GSW Foundation executive director. “In addition to being advocates and friends, their work on the Foundation Board provides much needed scholarships to our GSW students, and advances the University and the community in countless ways.”

Whaley has been the president and CEO of Citizens Bank of Americus since 2001. He served as chairman of the GSW Foundation Board of Trustees from 2002-2004 and has served on the Finance, Benefits, Executive, Golf and Investment Committees. Whaley was first elected to the Board in Spring 1998. He is also the Georgia director of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta. Rick and his wife, Ginny Whaley (’84), reside in Americus.

Barry Blount is the immediate past chair of the board, market president for SB&T Bank, and mayor of Americus. Blount has served on the following committees: Executive, Investment, Finance and Compensation. He was the recipient of GSW’s prestigious Aeolian Award in 2008. Barry and his wife, Tami Blount, reside in Americus and have two adult children and one grandchild.

Jay Cliett is a professor emeritus in mathematics at Georgia Southwestern, having been on the faculty for 26 years. He was first elected to the Board of Trustees in 1998, the same year he was named GSW Teacher of the Year. Cliett is an active member of the Americus Kiwanis Club, the Books for Sumter Children Community Action Team and the Americus First United Methodist Church. He earned a Bachelor of Science, Master of Arts and Doctorate of Education in math from the University of Georgia. Jay and his wife, Janice Cliett, reside in Americus and have two children and four grandchildren.

Jeffrey Waldrop, Ph.D., is a GSW professor of English and director of the University Honors Program. Waldrop serves as the President of the Americus-Blue Tide Swim Team Board of Directors and is a Boy Scout and merit badge leader. He earned a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in English from Florida State University and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Mississippi. He and his wife, Katherine Waldrop, have two children and reside in Americus.

Doug Moses is a CPA and partner at Mauldin and Jenkins, LLC and serves as the GSW Alumni Association president. He is on the Finance and Executive Committees. Moses is a member of the Georgia Society of CPAs, the Georgia Government Finance Officers Association and the National Association of Black Accountants. He earned his MBA from Georgia Southern University, and he and his wife, Yolanda Moses (’01), have two daughters and reside in Locust Grove.

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



Life Trustee—Rick Whaley, center, is presented with a gift from GSW Foundation Membership Committee Chair Lou Chase, left, and Board Chair Jimmy Skipper after being voted a life trustee.

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