LaGrange 2016: A story worth telling

Renowned fundraiser and author Jerold Panas (pictured) was the headliner July 21-22 as LaGrange College welcomed higher education professionals from throughout the state for the Georgia Education Advancement Council's 2016 Summer Conference.

Approximately 90 participants representing more than 30 different institutions of higher learning turned out for the event, which also featured a special workshop and lunch presentation by professional storyteller and LaGrange alumna Carol Cain.

Panas captivated conference attendees with personal insights and stories reflecting his more than 40 years as a professional fundraiser. Cane was equally successful in bringing the conference’s “storytelling” theme to life, sharing the basics of storytelling in her workshop and later entertaining lunch guests at the Hills and Dales Estate with an amusing and heartwarming tale from her youth.

In addition to the two keynotes, the conference also featured breakout sessions highlighting best practices in the areas of alumni and community relations, development, communications and marketing, and advancement services.

The GEAC Board of Directors wishes to thank the LaGrange staff and President Dan McAlexander for being such gracious hosts. The scene now shifts to Savannah for the GEAC Annual Conference, scheduled for Nov. 16-18 at the Desoto Hilton. Registration details and other conference information will be posted to the GEAC homepage as it become available.