GEAC blazes new trails at 2013 Annual Conference

More than 160 advancement professionals from colleges, universities and technical colleges all across Georgia gathered at Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa for the 2013 GEAC Annual Conference.

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Held Nov. 20-22 in the shadow of Georgia’s highest peak, this year’s conference welcomed representatives from more than 40 different public and private institutions for three days of sessions and speakers tailored specifically to meet the needs of higher education professionals working in the areas of alumni relations, advancement services, communications/marketing and development. Highlights included keynote presentations by Lori Croy, director of web communications at the University of Missouri, and retired Brigadier General Jeff Foley.

The annual conference provided the perfect opportunity to recognize excellence within the GEAC community. Recipients of this year’s GEAC Awards included:

Su Ann Bird, South Georgia Technical College, Educational Fundraising

John Cornell, College of Coastal Georgia, Communications and Marketing

Marilyn Somers, Georgia Institute of Technology, Alumni Relations

David Cantrell, Georgia Regents University, Outstanding Newcomer

University of North Georgia, Overall Institutional Excellence

Tom Landrum, University of Georgia, Lifetime Achievement

The GEAC Board of Directors offers special thanks to Wes Zamzow of Georgia Regents University for his work as conference planning chair. We are also indebted to the many volunteers who helped to make the conference a success, as well as the record number of sponsors who provided the financial support necessary to help us meet our goal of providing affordable professional development opportunities for Georgia’s higher education advancement community.

Mark your calendars for the 2014 Annual Conference, to be held Nov. 19-21 at the Desoto Hilton in Savannah. Registration will open soon. Questions may be directed to Wendell Tompkins, conference planning chair, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Emory wows with Summer in the City!

A diverse group of 100 higher education professionals representing more than 30 different public and private colleges, universities and technical colleges gathered at Emory University on July 25-26 for "Summer in the City," the 2013 Georgia Education Advancement Council Summer Conference.

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Participants gained valuable insight from an impressive group of speakers showcasing best practices in the areas of advancement services, alumni relations, communications/marketing and development. They also had the opportunity to jump to their feet and test their improvisational skills during a lively closing keynote by Allison Gilmore (pictured), director of the Goizueta Business School’s Ph.D. program.

GEAC owes a debt of gratitude to Kendra Price and Jan Gleason, who headed planning efforts for the conference with assistance from their colleagues in Emory’s Office of Communications and Marketing.