Welcome to Columbus!

The 2014 GEAC Summer Conference is upon us. Our Columbus State University hosts have put together a tremendous lineup of sessions and speakers that are sure to challenge and inspire advancement personnel converging on CSU from more than 25 different public and private colleges, universities and technical colleges across Georgia.

Getting Here: 

Visit www.columbusstate.edu/maps/ for directions to Columbus State University, campus maps and parking information.

Hotel Information: 

The conference hotel is the Columbus Marriott, located at 800 Front Avenue Road. Check-in begins at 3 p.m.

Opening Reception:

The GEAC opening reception will take place at 6 p.m. in the lobby of the Corn Center for the Visual Arts on CSU's RiverPark Campus.

Dinner on Your Own:

After the reception, you are free to explore Columbus and join your colleagues for dinner


Friday's schedule begins at 8 a.m. with a casual breakfast in the Cunningham Center.

Breakfast will be followed by track sessions in Advancement Services, Alumni Relations, Communications, Development and, new this year, Athletics. The conference closes with an inspiring lunch keynote.

Please contact Spence Sealy at 706-507-8955 if you have any questions.

If you missed out on this event, we hope you will join us Nov. 19-21 for the GEAC Annual Conference, to be held at the DeSoto Hilton in Savannah.


Sun Trust, Mauldin & Jenkins to serve as presenting sponsors for 2014 GEAC Annual Conference

The Georgia Education Advancement Council is pleased to announce that longtime affinity partners SunTrust and Mauldin & Jenkins have agreed to serve as presenting sponsors for the 2014 Annual Conference. Each company will provide $3,000 to help underwrite the event – the largest sponsorships in the history of the organization.

“We are honored to be a presenting sponsor for this year’s GEAC conference with our friends at SunTrust,” said Aleisa Howell, a partner with Mauldin & Jenkins. “Our relationship with GEAC grows closer each year with every new friend we make at the conference.”

Sponsorships are an important source of revenue for GEAC, helping the organization achieve its mission of providing affordable professional development opportunities for higher education personnel working in the areas of advancement, alumni relations, communications and marketing, and related fields at Georgia’s public and private colleges, universities and technical colleges.

The additional support provided by Sun Trust and Mauldin & Jenkins comes at a critical time for GEAC. Years of steady growth led to the decision to move this year’s Annual Conference to a new venue, the Desoto Hilton in Savannah. Increased participation has also led the GEAC Board of Directors to enter into a contract agreement with an outside firm to improve administrative functions and service to members.

2014 Awards Dinner Sponsor

Sun Trust and Mauldin & Jenkins head a group of 12 affinity partners that have already committed to this year’s event. Among them is Liberty Mutual, the $2,500 GEAC Awards Dinner host.

“The Annual Conference is successful each year due to the generosity of our wonderful sponsors and affinity partners,” said Frank Hook, GEAC sponsorship chair. “Without them, we would not be able to provide many of the programs, events, and other services associated with running a successful conference.”

Click here for more information on available sponsorships. Questions should be directed to Frank Hook at fhook@georgiasouthern.edu.

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