2017 Annual Conference - Brasstown Valley resort


The fall semester has begun and November (and hopefully cooler weather) is just around the corner. We look forward to meeting everyone in the mountains November 15-17.

The theme of this year's conference is "Taking Your Skills to New Heights," which seems appropriate as institutions have to implement new strategies many times with limited resources.  Plus, we can all learn from each other across our great state as we come to together in the Northeast Georgia mountains.

We are excited to share with you that registration for the conference is now open! Please  click here to complete your registration form.  

"Early Bird" registration ($275) ends Oct. 13., and the last day to register is Oct. 31.

Don't forget your hotel reservations (see the section below)!

Watch for more details on track sessions and speakers via email and the GEAC Website. Sessions and topics offered this year include:

  • "Supercharge your Day of Giving"
  • "Handling Unique Gifts"
  • "Leveraging Your School's Communication to Tell Your Story"
  • "Trends in Foundation Giving"
  • "Low Budget Big Impact: Using Video in Story Telling"
  • "General Compliance with Cooperative Organizations"

Should you have questions about the conference, please reach out to the 2017 Annual GEAC Conference Chair, Spence Sealy.


The GEAC Awards are intended to honor higher education professionals in Georgia who have distinguished themselves in their respective fields. To nominate a deserving colleague or institution, please review the criteria, complete the form as appropriate, and submit by Friday, October 6. Supporting documentation may be emailed to GEAC Awards Chair Jennifer Beard at jbeard@berry.edu. There is no cost associated with the nomination process.


The GEAC Annual Conference Scholarship Program was established in early 2015 and was named for Sponsorship Chair Frank Hook at the annual conference later that year. It provides two professionals new to GEAC the opportunity to attend the annual GEAC Conference on scholarship (registration and room cost only). For full criteria and to apply, view the Frank Hook Scholarship Application here. The application has been extended to September 29.


Make your reservations at Brasstown Valley Resort by calling (800) 201-3205 or reserve online at www.brasstownvalley.com and use the Group Code: GEA1113 to receive the GEAC discount - $145.

The last day to book your room at the discounted rate is Oct. 16.


No GEAC conference would be possible without the support of our sponsors. Frank Hook has, once again, been very hard at work to provide an incredibly impressive list of sponsors, many of whom have supported GEAC for several years. The GEAC Board of Directors offers special thanks to the following:

Mauldin and Jenkins and SunTrust, presenting sponsors
Nationwide Insurance, opening reception sponsor
• Synovus, awards dinner sponsor
Wilson-Bennett Technology and the REACH Georgia Foundation , keynote sponsors

Again, we look forward to seeing you in November. If you have questions or would like assist with planning, please contact Conference Chair Spence Sealy at sealy_spence@columbusstate.edu.

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