Savannah 2014: Reaching new heights

GEAC members were all smiles at the 2014 Annual Conference, and it wasn't just because of the Savannah-themed Christmas ornaments distributed to all attendees. This year's event, presented by SunTrust and Mauldin & Jenkins, broke records for both participation and sponsorships, with more than 190 advancement professionals representing public and private colleges, universities and technical colleges all across Georgia gathering at the historic Desoto Hilton for three days of insightful speakers, content-rich track sessions and unmatched networking opportunities.

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Georgia Historical Society Senior Historian Dr. Stan Heaton set the tone for the conference with his opening keynote, which focused on Abraham Baldwin's role in framing the U.S. Constitution and establishing Georgia's higher education system. Bethesda Academy President Dr. David Tribble was similarly inspiring as the closing speaker, sharing the fascinating history of his institution, which got its start as an orphanage during the Colonial era.

Another highlight was the presentation of the 2014 GEAC Awards of Excellence, which honor high achievement among Georgia's higher education advancement community. This year's winners were:

Outstanding Newcomer: Carol So, Emory University
Alumni Relations: Meredith Gurley Johnson, University of Georgia
Communications/Marketing: Norma Kennedy, East Georgia State College
Educational Fundraising: Rebecca Roth, LaGrange College
Overall Institutional Excellence in Advancement: Berry College
Lifetime Achievement: David Arnold, Kennesaw State University

This event would not have been possible without the generous support of our sponsors. They make possible our mission of providing affordable professional development opportunities for those working to further the cause of higher education in Georgia, and we are deeply appreciative of their loyalty and friendship.

The GEAC Board of Directors offers special thanks to Wendell Tompkins, who excelled in his role as planning chair, and Frank Pritchett, who once again provided sound leadership for the awards committee. We are also indebted to the many volunteers and presenters who offered their time and expertise to make this conference a success.