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Executive Summary: 
In September, Georgia Southwestern State University will host Dr. Stephen Portch, of the University System of Georgia. Dr. Portch will be visiting campus on behalf of Chancellor Hank Huckaby and the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia as he explores the University’s forward progress, with a focus on the institution’s continued enrollment growth, academic distinctiveness, strategic planning, fiscal sustainability, opportunities and challenges.  While Dr. Portch’s work will be ongoing throughout the month, September 28 and 29 will be dedicated to allowing all of Georgia Southwestern’s many stakeholders to participate in the discussion of the University’s future direction.   

Dr. Portch’s engagement is an opportunity for the Georgia Southwestern community to share the details of our progress and vision for the University with the University System of Georgia and the Board of Regents.  Thank you in advance for your active participation in this process and for your continued support of Georgia Southwestern State University.

 

Campus and Community Visits:  September 28-29
An agenda is forthcoming and will be posted in early September

 

Contact and Feedback:
An opportunity for submission of opinion and feedback will be provided in mid-September.

 

About Dr. Stephen Portch:
Stephen R. Portch, Ph.D., is the Chancellor Emeritus of the University System of Georgia. He served as chancellor of this system from 1994-2001, a transformative period for Georgia higher education that included a highly successful strategic plan. During this period, Change magazine selected him as one of the "21 Most Influential Voices in the Academy."

Previously, Dr. Portch worked 18 years in the University of Wisconsin, culminating his tenure as senior vice-president for Academic Affairs. He also served as a professor of English, a campus dean and a chancellor in Wisconsin.

Since 2001, he has been a higher education policy adviser, consultant and speaker. He has focused on governance, strategic planning, and presidential leadership and transitions in both major public and independent institutions (such as the University of Texas at Austin, University of Houston, University of Illinois, Clark Atlanta University, Tennessee State University, University of South Florida, the University of Colorado, Colorado State University, University of Richmond and Ima College). He has also collaborated with a number of organizations (such as ECS, SHEEO, ACE) and states (such as Arizona, Hawaii, and Ohio) on P-16 efforts.  He considers his work helping institutions to imagine their futures to be the most rewarding.

Originally from England, Dr. Portch earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Reading and a master's and Ph.D. from Penn State, all with honors.  He is most of all a catfish farmer in Alabama.

 

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Panorama is a discussion series conceived and hosted by GSW faculty. It provides a platform to all stakeholders of GSW - students, faculty members, staff members, administrators, community members, and others - to discuss events and topics that are current as well as ongoing. Through these discussions, Panorama seeks to make a small but important contribution to furthering GSW's intellectual and social climate, exchanging multiple perspectives on an issue and strengthening the democratic ethos of a public university.


Panorama discussions are generally one hour long, involving a panel of several individuals representing different disciplinary or professional backgrounds. Any GSW stakeholder can propose a Panorama panel. To propose a Panorama event, please e-mail Dr. Joseph Comeau, chair, Panorama, at Joseph.Comeau@gsw.edu. Please provide a clear description of the proposed panel including, if possible, names of panelists that will form the panel, as well as a rationale for how the proposed panel furthers GSW's intellectual and social climate.

To make a contribution to Georgia Southwestern State University:

Ways to Give to Your Alma Mater

Cash- Cash contributions from individuals qualify for charitable tax deduction, but are limited to 50 percent of the donor’s adjusted gross income in the year of the gift. Any excess amount over the 50 percent limitation can be carried forward for up to five consecutive years to use the full deduction.

Appreciated Securities- There are several distinct tax advantages in giving long-term securities that have increased in value. Donors receive a tax deduction for the current market value of their securities, generally with no capital gains tax on appreciation.

Real Estate- We will be happy to discuss the possible gift of land, a house, or vacation home. The benefits to the donor could include a full fair market value income tax deduction that is up to 30 percent of the adjusted gross income with a five-year carry-over provision and generally no capital gains tax on the property’s appreciation.

Bonds and Mutual Funds- Bonds and mutual funds are similar to stocks in their tax treatment with a tax deduction for the full value of the gift if they have been held by you for more than one year. Corporate, state, municipal, and U.S. Government bonds are welcome.

Gift Annuity- In exchange for a gift of cash or securities, Georgia Southwestern will pay you and your survivor a guaranteed in come for life. You receive a substantial income tax deduction in the year of the gift and part of the income may be tax free. Upon your death, the gift remainder supports Georgia Southwestern. Your in come and tax deduction are based on your age.

Deferred Gift Annuity- Similar to a gift annuity except that payments begin at a future date determined by you—at retirement for example. Your tax deduction and annual rate of return increase the longer you wait to start payments. This is a good retirement planning vehicle especially for self employed people.

Charitable Remainder Trusts- (Irrevocable) (Annuity and Unitrusts) Donors can select the rate of return from these income arrangements and also choose a fixed or fluctuating annual payment. Capital gain taxes are avoided and you will receive a tax deduction based on the age of the income recipient and rate of return.

Charitable Lead Trust – In a charitable lead trust, assets are transferred to a trust which pays income from the fund of Georgia Southwestern for an amount of the years you determine. At the end of the time period, the trust terminates and the assets are given back to the person(s) you name including yourself, if that is your choice.

Bequest Though Your Will – Through this simple way to give of your estate, you can make a gift bequest to Georgia Southwestern of a dollar amount, specific property, a percentage of your estate, or what is left (remainder).

Revocable Charitable Living Trust – The gift that can be taken back! Gifts should be made only on a permanent basis when it is in your best interest to do so. The revocable trust provides for gifts of cash, property, and/or income now, while retaining the right to retrieve the property if necessary. There is no tax deduction for the gift but there may be savings in estate settlement costs if the trust is not revoked.

Gifts of Life Insurance – There are several ways life insurance can assist you in making a significance gift to Georgia Southwestern State University.

Gift of Life Insurance proceeds – You can name GSW as beneficiary of all or a portion of the proceeds of an existing life insurance policy.

Gift of Life Insurance Policy – You can transfer ownership of all or part of an existing policy.Purchase a new Life Insurance Policy naming GSW as owner & beneficiary.

For more information on discussing your options, contact

Reda K. Rowell
Executive Director
GSW Foundation 
reda.rowell@gsw.edu
229-931-2014

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Georgia Southwestern State University is an equal opportunity employer. As such, the University takes affirmative action to preclude discrimination in recruiting, transferring, training and terminating of employees because of race, color, creed, age, sex, national origin, veterans status, disability or any other reason in accordance with applicable state and federal statutes, executive orders and other regulations which prohibit discriminatory employment practices.

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GPS Coordinates

Administration Building | Admissions, President's Office | N 32°03.402' W084°13.148'
Student Success Center | Convocation Hall, Special Events | N 32°03.491' W084°12.946'

From Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Airport:

Follow the signs that lead to I-85 South. Immediately after taking the I-85 ramp towards Montgomery, merge onto I-285 E/ GA-407 E, via the exit on the left, toward Macon. Take exit 58 onto I-75 South. Take Exit 177 (I-475/Macon Bypass). This exit will put you back on I-75 south of Macon. Continuing back on I-75 South, take Exit 127 (Highway 26, Montezuma/Hawkinsville). Turn right off the exit and continue straight. Go straight at the 4-way stop (caution light). After going through Montezuma and Oglethorpe, turn left at the 4-way stop sign, onto Highway 49. Highway 49 goes through Andersonville and into Americus. In Americus, you will come to a Zaxby’s and a Wendy’s on your right. Get in the left lane. Go straight at the traffic light crossing over Forsyth Street. You will be on Tripp Street. Veer right onto Simmons Street (about 2 blocks at the large brick Georgia Southwestern sign). Continue straight at the traffic light onto campus. To get to the Undergraduate Admissions office, turn left onto Wheatley Street. At the four-way stop sign, turn left. We are located in the Wheatley Administration Building with the gold dome. Limited parking is located in front of the building.

From Columbus Metropolitan Airport:

Follow signs that lead to I-185 South. Take Exit 1A (Highway 280). Approximately 8 miles outside of Columbus, turn left onto Highway 26. This turn is hard to see and is not well marked, but don’t panic. In Buena Vista, turn right at the 1st traffic light on Highway 41. Approximately 6 miles outside Buena Vista, turn left onto Highway 30 (look for a white church). At the traffic light (Chevron Station), turn right onto US 19 South. At the 1st traffic light, turn left on Lamar Street (one-way street). At the 3rd traffic light, turn right onto South Lee Street. At the 3rd traffic light, turn left onto Glessner Street. The road will dead end into campus. The Undergraduate Admissions office is located in the Wheatley Administration Building with the gold dome. Limited parking is located in front of the building. If you miss the turn onto Highway 26, do not panic. Keep straight on Highway 280 to Richland. Turn left onto Highway 280 East into Americus. At the traffic light, turn left onto Highway 19 North. At the 2nd traffic light (Days Inn), turn right onto Lamar Street (one-way street). At the 3rd traffic light, turn right onto South Lee Street. At the 3rd traffic light, turn left onto Glessner Street. The road will dead end into campus. The Undergraduate Admissions office is located in the Wheatley Administration Building with the gold dome. Limited parking is located in front of the building.

From Southwest Georgia Regional Airport:

Turn left onto Highway 62. Bear off to the left onto Slappey Blvd/Highway 19 North. Continue on US 19 North through Albany, Leesburg and Smithville, into Americus. At the 3rd traffic light (Days Inn), turn right onto Lamar Street (one-way street). At the 3rd traffic light, turn right onto South Lee Street. At 3rd traffic light, turn left onto Glessner Street. The road will dead end into campus. The Undergraduate Admissions office is located in the Wheatley Administration Building with the gold dome. Limited parking is located in front of the building.

From Tallahassee Regional Airport:

Turn left onto Capital Circle. Get on I-10 East towards Tallahassee. Take the Highway 319/Thomasville-Tallahassee Road Exit. Turn left and go to Thomasville. Go through Thomasville. Turn left onto Highway 19 North and go to Albany. Take Exit 6A (US 19 N/Slappey Blvd). Continue on US 19 North through Leesburg and Smithville, into Americus. At the 3rd traffic light (Days Inn), turn right onto Lamar Street (one-way street). At the 3rd traffic light, turn right onto South Lee Street. At 3rd traffic light, turn left onto Glessner Street. The road will dead end into campus. The Undergraduate Admissions office is located in the Wheatley Administration Building with the gold dome. Limited parking is located in front of the building.

Lost?

Call the Georgia Southwestern Office of Admissions at 229-928-1273 or GSW Public Safety at 229-931-2245.

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