Dr. Renée Fontenot becomes ‘Marketing Educator of the Year’
Dr. Renée Fontenot has been awarded the 2012 Gordon Long Award for the Marketing Educator of the Year from the Georgia Association of Marketing Educators (GAME).
The award acknowledges a member who has contributed to the advancement of marketing education in the state of Georgia.
“I was a bit stupefied when the recognition was announced at our annual meeting,” said Fontenot, associate professor of marketing at Georgia College. “That response was quickly followed by overwhelming appreciation. I have spent considerable effort growing GAME’s recognition across the state with faculty, chairs and deans. It’s an honor that effort has been valued.”
Dr. Fontenot is the third Georgia College marketing professor to become a recipient of the award. Dr. Jim Wenthe received the award during 2001, and Dr. J. Gordon Long earned it during 1994.
GAME includes marketing educators from Southeastern colleges and universities who exchange ideas and practices in marketing education.
Fontenot serves as chair and program coordinator for the association.
“Dr. Fontenot has not only been recognized for her innovative teaching practices but her meritorious service to marketing education in Georgia,” said Dr. Richard E. Mathisen, secretary-treasurer of GAME and professor of marketing at Kennesaw State University. “From organizing our last two annual meetings to managing GAME’s website to provide members information, the exchanges managed by Dr. Fontenot have led to the adoption of innovations by many other members.”
Fontenot earned her bachelor’s degree in management from University of Montana in Missoula, Mont. She earned her master’s degree in management from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash., and doctorate in marketing from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, N.M.
She teaches undergraduate and graduate marketing courses in the J. Whitney Bunting College of Business at Georgia College.
Through her courses students have received opportunities to help develop marketing and business plans for more than 150 businesses and organizations of the Middle Georgia area.
“Dr. Fontenot is an exceptionally dedicated teacher who is involved in the community and brings real-world interactions to the classroom for her students,” said Joe Schwartz, chair of Georgia College’s Department of Marketing. “She teaches her students to present to real clients. The projects students complete in her capstone course become a significant part of their work portfolios to employers.”