2015 GEAC Award Winners


The Georgia Education Advancement Council honored the best and brightest in its ranks with the 2015 GEAC Awards. Winners were announced at the GEAC Annual Conference in Brasstown Valley. Recipients included Dr. Tom Jackson, who was presented with GEAC’s Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his many years of distinguished service to his alma mater, the University of Georgia. Also notable are his contributions to GEAC, including the many years he served as treasurer on the volunteer Board of Directors.

“We do what we do because we make a difference,” said Jackson, recently appointed heritage communications executive for the University System of Georgia. "In a profession like this, you make a difference in other people's lives."

Other 2015 winners included:

  • Outstanding Newcomer: Sarah Dunlap, University of North Georgia
  • Advancement Services: Bonnie Martin, Valdosta State University
  • Communications/Marketing: Stephen Snyder, Georgia Southwestern University
  • Institutional Excellence: Georgia Southern University


The banquet also provided the perfect opportunity to honor Frank Hook’s many years of steadfast service as GEAC’s sponsorship chair. Fittingly, the new Annual Conference Scholarship Program – awarded to two individuals in its inaugural year – has been named for the man whose tireless cultivation and stewardship of new and existing sponsors helped to make it possible. In honor of the occasion, Hook – who is lovingly known as “The Mayor” by his many GEAC friends – was presented with a special bobble-head doll bearing his unmistakable likeness.

“My life is better because of the people in this room,” said Hook, perfectly expressing the essence of the organization to which he has devoted so much time and energy. “And I’ve developed friendships that will be with me for a lifetime.”