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Georgia Southern University Foundation, Inc.

The Georgia Southern University Foundation raises, invests and distributes private dollars needed to fund the programs, projects, scholarships, equipment and buildings that help Georgia Southern University earn and maintain a reputation for excellence.

Tuition, fees and state allocations cover the “basics,” but are not sufficient to provide for the many “extras” that add quality and value to a university education and allow research and regional service to flourish.

The Foundation also provides support to divisions within the University to fund special needs. These include many instructional projects, cultural outreach initiatives, admissions programs, international student activities, the Georgia Southern University Southern Pride Marching Band, and more. The Foundation supports the fundraising needs of the Georgia Southern University Museum, The Garden of the Coastal Plain, the Georgia Southern University Center for Wildlife Education and the Lamar Q Ball Jr. Raptor Center, the Performing Arts Center, and other facilities and programs which serve the campus and community.

The Georgia Southern University Foundation, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization established in 1962 to raise and manage private dollars to meet the needs of Georgia Southern University that are not funded through state allocations.

The Georgia Southern University Foundation, Inc., is qualified by the Internal Revenue Service as a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) corporation.

Vision and Mission

Vision

The Georgia Southern University Foundation Inc. exists to raise private funding to meet certain educational and institutional needs at Georgia Southern University not addressed by state allocations.

Mission

The mission of The Georgia Southern University Foundation, Inc. is to assist Georgia Southern University in fulfilling its multifaceted mission and in its efforts to achieve educational excellence. The Foundation primarily accomplishes this mission by providing leadership in obtaining the resources needed to achieve the University’s goals and through responsible stewardship of the assets entrusted to the Foundation for the benefit and enhancement of the University.

Board Members

Mr. Michael R. Sanders – Chair
Mr. Trip C. Addison – President
Mr. R.T. Evans – Secretary
Mrs. Dana Potts – Treasurer

Dr. Don Aaron, Jr.
Orthopedic Surgeon
Optim Orthopedics
Statesboro, GA
Mr. Trip C. Addison
VP, University Advancement
President, University Foundation
Georgia Southern University
Statesboro, GA
Mr. Leonard Bevill
President/CEO
Macon Occupational Medicine
Macon, GA
Mrs. Ellen Bolch
President/CEO
THA Group
Savannah, GA
Mr. David H. Brooker
President and CEO
Citizens Bank of Washington County
Sandersville, GA
Dr. Harry Carter
Professor
The Citadel
Charleston, SC
Dr. Kelley Chester
Principal & Co-Founder
Thought Bridge LLC
Milton, GA
Mr. Bill Crider
CEO
Crider Companies
Stillmore, GA
Mr. David Edwards
Atlanta, GA
Mr. Richard T. Evans, Jr.
Vice President
Evans General Contractors
Alpharetta, GA
Dr. Carl Gooding
Dean Emeritus, Parker College of Business
Georgia Southern University
Statesboro, GA
Mr. John Ray Hendley
President
Hendley Properties
Statesboro, GA
Mr. Cedric Henry
COO & Co-Founder
Millennium Corporation
Arlington, VA
Mr. William R. Hickman, Jr.
Partner
Dabbs, Hickman, Hill & Cannon, LLP
Statesboro, GA
Dr. John Hodges
Retired MD
Statesboro, GA
Mr. Eric Johnson
Executive Vice President
Hussey Gay Bell
Savannah, GA
Mr. Ronny Just
Governmental Relations Manager
Georgia Power Company
Atlanta, GA
Mr. John W. Lane
Market President
Statesboro Bank
Statesboro, GA
Dr. Kyle Marrero
University President
Georgia Southern University
Statesboro, GA
Mr. James B. Matthews, III
Shareholder
Blasingame, Burch, Garrand & Ashley, P.C.
Athens, GA
Mr. James A. Medbery
Senior Vice President
Binswanger
Atlanta, GA
Mr. Stephen Milner
CEO
Planters Telephone Cooperative
Newington, GA
Mr. David Paddison
President
Sterling Seacrest Partners, Inc.
Savannah, GA
Mrs. Sharon Ponder
VP of Finance
Bennett International Group
McDonough, GA
Mrs. Dana Potts
EVP/CFO
Persons Banking Company
Glennville, GA
Mr. Michael Sanders
Senior Vice President
UBS Financial Services
Atlanta, GA
Mr. Alton Standifer
Assistant to the President
University of Georgia
Athens, GA
Mr. James Van Epps
President/CEO
Van Epps LLC
Roswell, GA
   

Board Agendas and Minutes

Audited Financial Statements

IRS Form 990

Last updated: 6/24/2022