Georgia State Thanks Leadership Donors at Presidents Society Dinner

Georgia State had a record fundraising year in fiscal year 2012-13, and devoted leadership donors helped set the tone. On Friday, Nov. 1, the university thanked its Presidents Society members with a reception and dinner at the Atlanta History Center.

“We’re grateful to these donors not only for their generous financial support,” said Walter Massey, vice president for development and president of the Georgia State Foundation, “but also for serving as ambassadors to the rest of our community. By showing their support for what we’re doing at Georgia State, they’ve helped build confidence in this institution and inspired others to give.”

Members and friends of the Leaders, Benefactors and Legacy Circles enjoyed dinner in the History Center’s Grand Overlook Ballroom, and also got to view a short “thank you” video spotlighting three students who, as scholarship recipients, have been the direct beneficiaries of donor support. Those students were:

  • Darius Devlin, a senior from Decatur majoring in biology. Partly because of the Cleon C. Arrington Scholarship in the Sciences, he’s getting the rare experience of doing advanced lab research as an undergraduate.
  • Julia Ngai, a junior from Gwinnett County majoring in accounting. As a recipient of the Ann-Marie Campbell Scholarship, she’s met a valuable mentor in Campbell, a Georgia State business alumna and president of Home Depot’s Southern Division.
  • Wilson Witherspoon, a freshman from Decatur and National Merit Scholar. With his tuition and fees paid for by the Presidential Scholarship, he’s looking forward to earning a bachelor’s degree with no student-loan debt and moving on to graduate school.

Presidents Society Dinner-Thank You Video from Georgia State on Vimeo.

“My wife and I both commented we didn’t want the video to end,” said donor and Georgia State alumnus Luke Gregory, who came from Nashville to attend the dinner. “We could’ve sat there for 30 more stories. It was so well done, and the students really represented the diversity of Georgia State, the value of philanthropy and the great success they’ll accomplish.”

All told, nearly $5 million from Georgia State’s record-breaking fundraising year will go to scholarships benefiting one of the most diverse student bodies in the country.