Summer 2014: 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.