Making waves in Columbus!

Representatives of 25 public and private colleges, universities and technical colleges gathered in Columbus for the 2014 GEAC Summer Conference, July 24-25.

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More than 80 alumni relations, development and communication/marketing professionals took part in the event, which was hosted by Columbus State University. The conference got off to a rousing start Thursday afternoon with a rafting trip through downtown Columbus and continued that evening with an opening reception in the lobby of the Corn Center for Visual Arts on CSU’s RiverPark Campus.

Friday, the scene shifted to the Cunningham Center on CSU’s main campus for an impressive lineup of sessions and speakers focusing on a variety of advancement-related topics.

In his opening, Synovus Chairman/CEO and University System of Georgia board member Kessel D. Stelling Jr. challenged attendees with the words of Oliver Wendell Holmes, “A mind stretched to a new idea never goes back to its original dimensions."

Other presenters included University of Central Missouri President Chuck Ambrose, who shared his considerable insight into the world of intercollegiate athletics, and Gonser Gerber’s Jason McNeal, who provided a fresh perspective on fundraising in his closing keynote.

GEAC is indebted to all conference presenters for sharing their knowledge and expertise, as well as CSU President Tim Mescon and the CSU staff for hosting a first-class event. We offer special thanks to Spence Sealy, CSU’s associate vice president for development and GEAC board member, for his leadership role in conference planning.

Mark your calendars now for the 2014 GEAC Annual Conference, to be held Nov. 19-21 at the Desoto Hilton in Savannah. Registration information will be posted to this website and distributed via email as soon as it is available.


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

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