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Davis named 'Professional of the Year'

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January 19, 2012

Matt DavisMatt DavisGeorgia College’s Matt Davis has been named “Professional of the Year” for 2011 by the Georgia Association of Museums and Galleries (GAMG).

The award recognizes a Georgia museum or gallery employee who demonstrates leadership on the local, state and national level.

“I’m humbled and appreciative to my colleagues and the organization for giving me this prestigious honor,” said Davis, curator of the Old Governor’s Mansion at Georgia College. “I love what I do. Museums and galleries are the touchstones of history and culture within our communities and need sharing with our community.”

Davis will receive his award during GAMG’s annual conference at noon Friday, Jan. 20 in the Students Activities Center Magnolia Ballroom.

GAMG is a statewide organization dedicated to establishing a responsive network, providing a resource base and promoting professionalism so Georgia’s museum community is strong, effective and proactive.

During his career, Davis has served as assistant curator and curator of the Old Governor’s Mansion and director of the Hay House of The Georgia Trust in Macon.

Davis returned to Georgia College January 2012.

He also is a member of the American Historical Society, Georgia Historical Society, Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation and other historic societies and fraternities.

“The entire mansion staff is very proud to have Matt back as a permanent employee,” said Jim Turner, mansion director. “This award reflects his commitment to professional excellence and management of every aspect of any museum that is fortunate enough to have him on staff.”

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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