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April Bragg, '00April Bragg, '00April Bragg knows how to work a crowd.

Since age 4, the Georgia College alumna has used her voice to entertain family, friends and colleagues.

Today, she uses it to voice concerns of Milledgeville’s business community as chief executive officer of Milledgeville-Baldwin County Chamber of Commerce.

“I’ve always enjoyed entertaining, informing and connecting with people,” said Bragg, ’00. “Whether I have a theatre script, piece of music or community presentation in front of me, my goal is to give people a meaningful message to take away.”

Bragg decided to broaden her knowledge about the performing arts by pursing degrees in theatre and marketing at Georgia College.

During her college experience, the “Outstanding Student Scholar” in music served as vice president of theatre fraternity Alpha Psi Omega and president of Max Noah Singers. She also served as a member of the Baptist Collegiate Ministries and feature vocalist with Georgia College Jazz Band and Chorus.

“I had theatre rehearsals at least five times a week,” said the Dublin, Ga., native. “My schedule was like a part-time job. I learned the true meaning of time management, flexibility and improvisation — both on stage and in life.”

Bragg puts these skills to the test everyday as president of the Milledgeville chamber.

She networks with local businesses and aids in the recruitment of new businesses to help strengthen the local job market. She collaborates with citizens to identify and develop solutions to local issues affecting the community.

“We have a brand-new staff that’s engrained in the community and experienced in event planning, marketing and helping businesses to grow,” said Bragg. “We’ve even rebranded our chamber with a new logo to align with our marketing strategies and brand identity of Milledgeville.”

Bragg’s commitment to her alma mater and community is evident through her local involvement.

During 2010 volunteer organization Hands on Milledgeville presented Bragg with the “Volunteer of the Year” award and Milledgeville Scene Magazine listed her among the “Top 20 Under 40.”

Bragg is the founding local program director for Distinguished Young Women of Milledgeville-Baldwin County, which is part of the largest and oldest national scholarship program for high school girls. During the past 10 years, she has been recognized for outstanding leadership with the program at both the national and state level.

The Georgia College graduate also became one of the youngest alumni to serve on the Georgia College Alumni Association. She also served as a trustee on the Georgia College Foundation Board and Women’s Leadership Forum.

For Bragg, leadership comes naturally.

“I always welcomed opportunities to connect with our community and other alumni with open arms,” Bragg said. “I savored every part of my Georgia College experience, which helped me get to where I am today. Georgia College gave me lasting friendships and developed my professional identity. And, the connections to faculty and staff are still a resource I treasure.”

ABOUT GEORGIA COLLEGE: Georgia College, the state’s designated Public Liberal Arts University, combines the educational experience expected at esteemed private liberal arts colleges with the affordability of public higher education. Its four colleges – arts and sciences, business, education and health sciences – provide 6,600 undergraduate and graduate students with an exceptional learning environment that extends beyond the classroom, with hands-on involvement with faculty research, community service, study abroad and myriad internships.

Founded in 1889, Georgia College boasts one of the most beautiful campuses in the nation with Corinthian columns fronting red brick buildings and wide open green spaces. Georgia College also offers graduate education at the historic Jefferson building in downtown Macon, at Robins Air Force Base and online.

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