Updates: GEAC Annual Conference

Savannah, Ga., Nov. 16-18

Make plans now to join us for the Georgia Education Advancement Council's 2016 Annual Conference, to be held Nov. 16-18 at the Desoto Hilton in Savannah.

Keynote speaker

This year's conference will feature keynote remarks by Tim Earley, CEO of Make-A-Wish Georgia. 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.

Earley joined Make-A-Wish Georgia in December 2015 after serving as vice president of community engagement for the American Cancer Society’s South Atlantic Division. In that role, he was directly responsible for $56 million in fundraising revenue annually and a staff of more than 235. Prior to entering the nonprofit sector, he spent 10 years with a global management consulting firm, leading a team responsible for helping organizations to understand customer experience. He is no stranger to higher education in Georgia, holding a BBA from the University of Georgia and a Master of Science degree in marketing from Georgia State University.

Registration and Hotel Info

Annual Conference registration will begin soon. The fee will be $275 per attendee. Hotel reservations can be made today by calling 877-280-0751 or visiting the Desoto Hilton's website at www.desotohilton.com. Be sure to the use the group code GEA.

Conference Program

Watch for more details on sessions and speakers in the near future. If you have questions about the event, please contact Annual Conference Planning Chair Stephen Snyder at stephen.snyder@gsw.edu.

Special thanks to presenting sponsors Mauldin & Jenkins and SunTrust.

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)

In addition to the individual honors, there’s also an Overall Institutional Excellence Award meant to recognize colleges and universities that are demonstrating outstanding achievement and commitment to the field of higher education advancement.

To nominate an individual or institution, simply click this link.

The deadline for consideration is Sept. 30.

If you have questions about the program or additional nomination information to submit, please email GEAC Awards Chair Jennifer Beard at jbeard@berry.edu.   

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