President Dorothy Leland presents 2010-2011 alumni awards
Georgia College President Dorothy Leland presented the 2010-2011 alumni awards Friday, April 22.
Outstanding Service Award
State Sen. Johnny Grant '04
State Sen. Johnny Grant received the Outstanding Service Award in recognition of the outstanding support that he has provided Georgia College in the legislature, including his most recent advocacy for funding the renovation of Ennis Hall.
Grant, a native of Milledgeville, has represented this area in the state senate since 2004. He chairs the Public Safety Committee, is vice chair of the Higher Education Committee, and is a member of the Appropriations, Health and Human Services and the State Institutions and Property committees. He was named Legislator of the year by the Georgia Chapter of Mental Health America.
Active in his family jewelry store for more than 30 years, Grant has been an active community volunteer. A graduate of Leadership Georgia, he is a past President of the Milledgeville-Baldwin County Chamber of Commerce, Past Chair of the Mary Vinson Memorial Library and past Foundation Board member both for Georgia College and the Georgia Military College. Grant is a member of the Board of Directors of the Exchange Bank and attends the Saint Stephen’s Episcopal Church where he was past Scoutmaster and earned the Boy Scouts of America Silver Beaver Award for service to youth. A graduate of Georgia Tech, Grant also earned a master’s degree in Public Administration from Georgia College. He and his wife, Carol, have three grown children: Rebecca, Michael and Daniel.
Alumnae Heritage Award
Dr. Lucretia Coleman ’69, ’71
Coleman was among the first African-Americans to attend Georgia College. She earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in education. She went on to teach for the Richmond County Board of Education and Fort Valley State University before earning her doctor of education degree at University of Tennessee.
She returned to her alma mater and served as a faculty member in the J. Whitney Bunting College of Business in 1977. While serving on the faculty at Georgia College, she earned the 1997 Distinguished Professor Award. She currently has the title of Professor Emeritus at Georgia College.
Currently, she serves as the director of the Management Resources Center in Milledgeville, offering consulting, training and mediation services. Additionally, she is a contractor with the EEOC, through which she provides mediation services in a number of states. Her work in the field of management and mediation has earned her numerous awards and accolades, including the Greater Macon Women Business Owners’ 2008 Business Woman of the Year award and the Better Business Bureau of Central Georgia Mediator of the Year award for 2007.
Alumni Achievement Award
Bobby Pope ’70
Pope earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Health, Physical Education and Recreation in 1970 and has been involved in middle Georgia athletics for more than four decades. He worked 20 years as a sports reporter and sports anchor at WMAZ-TV. In 1970, he originated Mercer Basketball Radio broadcasts, becoming Mercer University’s “Voice of the Bears." In 1980, Pope became a member of the Mercer staff, and in 1989, he became the Athletics Director, a position he held for 21 years. He was inducted into the Macon Sports Hall of Fame in 2006.
Pope has served as a member of the Macon Touchdown Club, the Mayor’s Recreation Master Plan Committee and Georgia Sports Hall of Fame Authority, serving as chair for six years.
Since his retirement, Pope continues his involvement in sports, working on projects for the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame and the Atlantic Sun Conference and sitting on the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame Foundation board. He writes a weekly sports column for the Macon Telegraph.
Outstanding Recent Alumni Award
Lenzy Kyle Hood ’06, ‘08
In 2006 he completed his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice with a minor in history. He continued at Georgia College to earn his master’s degree in public administration in 2008.
He currently serves as county manager of Upson County, where his contributions are praised as innovative and have helped in the growth and expansion of the local economy. After graduating, he served as the assistant to the chairman of the Wilkinson County Board of Commissioners. While attending Georgia College, Hood was a cheerleader and founding member of Delta Sigma Phi fraternity. He also worked as the student coordinator for orientation programs.
Ethel Rae Mozo-Stewart Alumni Community Service Award
Johnny Hurt ’77, ’81
Hurt earned Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting and a Master of Business Administration at Georgia College. Realizing the potential of owning his own McDonald’s franchise, Hurt went on to learn the business by earning a degree in “Hamburgerology” from McDonald’s Hamburger University.
Today, Hurt owns and operates 19 McDonald’s restaurants in metro Atlanta and serves as chief executive officer of Hurt & Hurt Restaurants in Conyers. Hurt has served as president of The Wheels of Dreams Youth Foundation, an organization he helped found in 2001. The organization operates in partnership with Atlanta Public Schools to motivate students through mentors, employment opportunities and programs designed to teach entrepreneurial skills and prepare students for successful futures.
Hurt also volunteers as a board member of the Greater Atlanta Inner City Foundation, a branch of a nationwide afterschool programs to build students’ self reliance and self confidence and to build camaraderie among inner-city youth through athletic and academic competitions.
Honorary Alumni Award
Cheek moved to Milledgeville after serving in the Air Corps during World War II and studying at Mercer University and the University of Kentucky. He began work at Georgia State College for Women (now Georgia College) as its first ful-time Director of Public Relations.
Cheek was charged with bolstering the public’s view of the college after its post-war drop in enrollment. Later, he managed the school’s publicity as it became racially integrated and transitioned to a co-educational institution. Cheek’s passion was in the classroom, teaching psychology courses. He accepted a teaching position at the University of West Georgia in Carrollton, but returned to Georgia College as a full-time faculty member. He served Georgia College 30 years before retiring during the 1980s.
Alumni Service Award
Betty Pettigrew Smith ’75, ’76, ‘78
Smith earned an associate degree in Business Administration in 1975 and went on to obtain both a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and a Master of Business Administration from Georgia College. She attributes her successful career in business and accounting to her degrees and has been a longtime supporter of her alma mater as an expression of her gratitude.
Smith continues to give much of her time and energy to Georgia College. She serves as an accounting faculty member in the J. Whitney Bunting College of Business. She also serves on the Georgia College Foundation audit committee and Georgia College Alumni finance committee.
During the past five years Smith has served as the Peabody School representative to the Georgia College alumni board. She was instrumental in the endowment of the Peabody Scholarship and helps plan two Peabody reunions each year.
Smith continues to represent her fellow Peabody alumni and alumni board members while serving on the Peabody garden rededication committee.