AMERICUS (May 21, 2014)—The Georgia Southwestern Foundation Board of Trustees held its spring full board meeting Friday, May 16 with Chairman Jimmy Skipper presiding. Local real estate agent Mark Pace will serve as the new Chairman and will lead the group for the next two years.
During the meeting, Rudolph Patterson (’59) and Sam Hunter, Jr. (’73) were voted life trustees; four other current members were re-elected: Ricky Arnold (’76), Bill Bradshaw (’79), Lou Chase (’87), and Ty Turner (’90); and six members were newly elected: Eshonda Blue (’98), Joe Daniel, Danny Minick (’98), Randy Roderick (’81), Randy Sanders (’79), and Ryan Young. Nominated and elected by their peers, the 31-member group provides external oversight to the Foundation’s operations.
“We are grateful to all of our 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 Board provides much needed scholarships to our GSW students, and advances the University and the community.”
Eshonda Blue is a registered nurse and co-owner of Innovative Senior Solutions. She is a member of the Sumter County Chamber of Commerce, an executive committee member for the Archway Partnership, and a board member for the Downtown Development Authority. Blue earned an associate’s and bachelor’s degree in nursing from Georgia Southwestern. She and her husband, Paul, reside in Americus and have two children.
Joe Daniel is a retired banker with C & S National Bank and Bank of America and has served on several boards, including the Arthritis Foundation, the Georgia Infirmary, Inc., and the Savannah Foundation, Inc. He earned a Bachelor of Arts from Mercer University in 1964. He and his wife, Carolyn Kinnebrew Daniel, reside in Americus.
Daniel “Danny” Minick is the senior vice president of Citizens Bank of Americus. Minick has served as board member to the Sumter County Chamber of Commerce and the Georgia Bankers Association Rural Development Committee. He and his wife, Sallie Fort Minick, are both GSW alumni, have two children, and live in Ellaville, Ga.
Randall “Randy” Roderick is a graduation specialist for Herff Jones, Inc. in Statesboro, Ga. Roderick earned his Bachelor of Science in education from Georgia Southwestern in 1981. He is a past chairman for the Evans County Parks and Recreation Department and is a past board member for Pinewood Christian Academy. Roderick’s wife, Debora Durrence Roderick, is also a GSW graduate. They have two children, Ric, who graduated from GSW in 2010, and Renna, a 2013 Auburn University grad.
Randal “Randy” Sanders is a Certified Public Accountant. He earned his Bachelor of Science in accounting from Georgia Southwestern and his Master of Business Administration from Georgia College and State University. Sanders is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants, and the Georgia Government Finance Officers Association. He and his wife, Karen Braswell Sanders (GSW graduate), live in Forsyth, Ga. and have two grown children.
Ryan Young is a sales consultant at Parkers Heating and Air Company in Americus. A Georgia Southwestern alumnus, Young served as GSW Hurricane Club president in 2008, and he founded the Evan Bozof Athletic Scholarship Fund. He has also served on the City of Americus Walk of Fame as a board member, serving as chair from 2007 to 2012. He currently serves on the First United Methodist Church staff parish relations committee. Young and his wife, Mandy Reeves Young, have two children and reside in Americus.
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.
New trustees—(L to r) The GSW Foundation’s newest trustees Joe Daniels, Ryan Young, Eshonda Blue, Randy Sanders, and Randy Roderick. Not pictured: Danny Minick.
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