GEAC Annual Conference - Registration open!

Savannah, Ga., Nov. 16-18

You might not know it from the sweltering temperatures, but summer's end is fast approaching. The 2016 GEAC Annual Conference is now just two months away. We look forward to welcoming all of our old friends -- and many new ones -- to the beautiful port city of Savannah, Nov. 16-18.

The theme of this year's conference, "Bridging Ideas Into Action," serves as a fitting platform to highlight the unique ideas, initiatives and services that define excellence at our various institutions. The conference schedule still being finalized, but here is a sneak peek at some of the track sessions we have in store:

  • Moving to Meaningful Metrics
  • From Start to Finish: Big Thinking for a Small Institution
  • I Need This Yesterday! How to Satisfy Everyone's Immediate Hunger for Publicity...
  • Prospect Discovery Calling: The Art and Skill of Outreach
  • Student Philanthropy: Year Two!
  • The Bridge to Corporate Funding 

Additional details will be available in the near future. We're also pleased to feature Make-A-Wish Georgia CEO Tim Earley (pictured) as our keynote speaker. Prepare yourself to be challenged and inspired as he discusses the work of an organization responsible for granting more than 6,000 wishes since its 1995 founding. With every wish granted, the life of a child is changed for the better.

Register online by Oct. 14 to take advantage of the early-bird rate of $275. Afterward, the rate will increase to $300. Registration will close Oct. 31.

Reserve your room in the conference hotel today by calling 877-280-0751 or visiting the Desoto Hilton's website at Be sure to the use the group code GEA. The deadline for reserving a room at the GEAC rate is Oct. 17, so don't delay!

If you have questions about the event, please contact Annual Conference Planning Chair Stephen Snyder at

Special thanks to presenting sponsors Mauldin & Jenkins and SunTrust for their generous support.

2016 GEAC Awards

A highlight of our Annual Conference is presentation of the GEAC Awards. If you have a colleague who is doing great work in the field of higher education advancement, this is the perfect opportunity to recognize their achievements before a statewide audience of their peers. The nomination process is simple and free. Winners will be honored during the 2016 GEAC Annual Conference.

Individual awards are available in the following areas. The only prerequisite (unless otherwise noted) is that nominees have a minimum of five years of service in the field:

  • Advancement Services
  • Alumni Relations
  • Communications and Marketing
  • Educational Fundraising/Development
  • Outstanding Newcomer (for those who have served less than five years in the field)
  • Overall Institutional Excellence

To nominate an individual or institution, simply click this link. The deadline is Sept. 30. If you have questions about the program or additional nomination information to submit, please email GEAC Awards Chair Jennifer Beard at

Frank Hook Conference Scholarship

In 2015, the GEAC Board of Directors established the Frank Hook Annual Conference Scholarship Program. Each year, this scholarship will be awarded to two members of Georgia's higher education advancement community, allowing them to attend the GEAC Annual Conference free of charge.

The award is named for Frank Hook, affectionately known as the "Mayor of GEAC" by his many friends in the organization. His monumental support of GEAC is in a category of its own. He works year-round cultivating relationships and securing sponsors for the Annual Conference. You will always see him in the halls with a wide smile, giving a firm handshake (or a giant hug) to all in attendance.

Applications for this year's scholarships are due Sept. 30. contact Annual Conference Planning Chair Stephen Snyder at


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