AMERICUS (March 13, 2013)—Since the founding of Georgia Southwestern State University’s Alumni Association in 1971, few members of its Board of Directors have been as dedicated as Glynn Mathis. Having served on the Board for 10 years (2002-2012), Mathis was named a lifetime member at the February meeting.
“Glynn has the heart of a giant,” said Doug Moses, president of the GSW Alumni Association. “He is the essence of someone who really cares about community. Whether GSW, the military, or public education, he gives back tremendously in so many ways. He is simply an amazing person, and I'm glad I had the pleasure of knowing and spending time with him.”
During his 10 years as a board member, Mathis never missed a meeting, making the three and one half hour drive from his home in Marietta to Americus without fail. His dedication to GSW has not been in time only. A 1951 graduate of then Georgia Southwestern College – a two-year college at the time – Mathis has endowed a GSW scholarship that is given annually to a student athlete from the School of Education.
“Glynn is the epitome of what a great alumnus should be,” said Karen Holloway, GSW director of Alumni Affairs. “Over the years he has been one of the most dedicated supporters of GSW that I have ever had the pleasure to know and with whom to work. His devotion to the GSW Alumni Association Board of Directors and to GSW in general is extraordinary. I have a great admiration for him.”
Mathis’ alumni accolades are not only limited to lifetime membership of the Alumni Board. He was the 2002 recipient of the Leewynn J. Finklea Outstanding Alumni Award, the 2012 recipient of the Aeolian Award (GSW’s highest alumni honor), and a 2001 inductee into the GSW Athletics Hall of Fame.
“It has indeed been an honor and a pleasure to get to know Glynn, not only through our work together on the GSW Alumni Association Board of Directors, but personally,” said Kim Comer, Alumni Affairs coordinator, who has worked closely with Mathis over the last six years. “His dedication to GSW is evidenced by his fond memories and stories of the time he spent on campus and his tireless efforts to recruit students and support GSW in any way asked.”
Prior to his retirement in 1988, Mathis had a successful 33-year career in public education where he served as a teacher, coach and administrator, primarily in the Cobb County School System. In 1980, Mathis became the first principal at Tritt Elementary School. He served as principal at Tritt until his retirement. Mathis served in the U.S. Air Force from 1951 to 1955 and received several achievement awards for his service during the Korean War.
Mathis’ impact on Northwest Atlanta was made known loud and clear in 1988 when he was given the Public Servant Award by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the Cobb County Public Servant of the Year.
He is a charter member of the Marietta Golden Kiwanis Club and has served in all official roles. Mathis was given the 1991-92 Marietta Golden K Kiwanian of the Year Award. In 1999 Mathis was awarded a Hixon Award by the club – one of Kiwanis International’s highest honors.
“Glynn was instrumental in helping our club establish our Youth Services Program in several schools,” said Tim McDaniel, past president of Marietta Golden K. “He also did me the honor of serving as an advisor during my year as president of the club in 2006-2007. His records of the club’s activities were meticulous.”
As a student at Georgia Southwestern, Mathis was president of the freshman and sophomore classes and he worked in the old Campus Store. He was elected “Mr. Georgia Southwestern College” in 1951 and played center field for the baseball team from 1950-51. He also was vice president and secretary/treasurer of the Double T Semi-Pro Baseball League in Southeast Georgia – twice voted as league all-star for the Hazlehurst Cardinals.
In addition to his degree from GSW, Mathis holds a Bachelor of Science in education from Georgia Southern University, a Master of Education from Vanderbilt University’s Peabody School of Education and a specialist degree from the University of Georgia.
A native of Americus and a 1948 graduate of Americus High School, Mathis resides in Marietta and continues his involvement with the Marietta Golden K.
Caption--Marietta resident Glynn Mathis receives the Aeolian Award (Georgia Southwestern’s highest alumni honor) in April 2012.
Caption--Left to right: Georgia Southwestern Alumni President Doug Moses, Glynn Mathis, Alumni Board Member Guerry Mashburn, and GSW Foundation Executive Director Reda Rowell. The group from GSW presented Mathis with a plaque naming him a lifetime member of the GSW Alumni Association Board of Directors at Ray’s on the River in Sandy Springs.
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