Georgia Southern alumni acknowledged for excellent achievements

March 27, 2017

The Affiliation introduced its 2017 biennial Alumni Awards at a campus luncheon held this previous Saturday, March 25.

The next alumni have been acknowledged for excellent achievements of their respective fields:

Teresa A. MacCartney, Alumna of the Yr Teresa MacCartney has served as chief monetary officer for the State of Georgia and director of the Governor’s Workplace of Planning and Finances (OPB) since her appointment by Gov. Nathan Deal in 2012. She started her profession within the Governor’s Workplace of Planning and Finances (OPB), later changing into the senior coverage advisor for funds and governmental affairs on the Georgia Pupil Finance Fee. In 2005, MacCartney returned to OPB as director of the Training Division and was promoted to deputy director in 2010. MacCartney serves as secretary of the Board of Administrators of the OneGeorgia Authority, vice chair of the Georgia Increased Training Amenities Authority Board and is on the Board of Administrators of the Georgia Lottery Company and Georgia Increased Training Financial savings Plan. She is a member of the Georgia State Highway and Tollway Authority Board, State Depository Board, Worker Advantages Plan Council, Nationwide Affiliation of State Finances Officers’ Govt Committee and Georgia ABLE Program Company Board. She additionally sits on the Board of Trustees of the Management Georgia Basis. She earned a Bachelor of Science diploma in arithmetic and a Grasp of Public Administration diploma from Georgia Southern.

Mike R. Davis, Alumnus of the Yr in Skilled Achievement Mike Davis serves as govt director and CEO of the U.S. {Golfing} Affiliation (USGA) – the seventh within the group’s 121-year historical past. Davis is the senior workers member of the USGA, answerable for managing all side of the Affiliation’s day-to-day operations, together with core capabilities, important packages and human and monetary assets. Working carefully with the USGA president and Govt Committee, Davis offers total strategic steerage, serves as spokesperson with inside stakeholders and exterior constituencies, and represents the USGA’s pursuits inside the golf neighborhood, programs and golf equipment, state and regional golf associations, the media, and nationwide and worldwide golf associations. He’s additionally a board member of the Worldwide Golf Federation, the World Golf Basis, Official World Golf Rankings, the World Golf Corridor of Fame, and the Captains Membership. Davis graduated from Georgia Southern College in 1988 with a bachelor’s diploma in enterprise administration, and was a member of the College’s golf crew and Sigma Chi Fraternity.

Main Normal Leslie C. Smith, School of Enterprise Administration Alumni Award Maj. Gen. Leslie C. Smith serves because the Deputy Inspector Normal, Workplace of the Secretary of the Military. Smith’s earlier project was the Commanding Normal of america Military Maneuver Assist Middle of Excellence and Fort Leonard Wooden. Smith acquired his fee from Georgia Southern College in 1983 as a area artillery officer. In 1985, he graduated from the College with a bachelor’s diploma in accounting as a distinguished navy graduate and entered the Military as a chemical officer. His awards and decorations embrace the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Advantage, Bronze Star Medal, Protection Meritorious Service Medal, Military Commendation Medal and Joint Service Achievement Medal. Smith additionally holds a Grasp of Science diploma in administration from Central Michigan College and a Grasp of Arts diploma in nationwide safety technique from the Nationwide Protection College.

Mychael Knight, School of Well being and Human Sciences Alumni Award Since his profitable run on the Bravo hit present “Challenge Runway,” Mychael Knight has been excelling within the trend business. Along with being wanted for his design aesthetic and trend styling for celebrities comparable to Khloe Kardashian, Jagged Edge, 112, Jennifer Hudson, Tarji P. Henson and Toni Braxton, his designs have been displayed in a wide range of print publications together with The Atlantan, Elle, Essence, Marie Claire, Ebony, Black Enterprise YRB and The New York Occasions. His design and inventive route has additionally been sought from companies together with Starbucks, Louis Glick, Nike and Coca-Cola. Knight earned a Bachelor of Science diploma in trend merchandising and attire design in 2001.

Robert (Bob) Mikell, Esq., School of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Alumni Award Bob Mikell is an lawyer with Brown Rountree PC in Statesboro. Mikell serves as second-vice chair of the Statesboro-Bulloch Chamber of Commerce, on the Board of Administrators of the Georgia Southern College Alumni Affiliation, and president of Habitat for Humanity of Bulloch County. He’s a previous chair of the Downtown Statesboro Improvement Authority and previous president of the Bulloch County Bar Affiliation. From its inception, he has led the Statesboro YMCA Steering Committee which has efficiently chartered the Statesboro Department of the YMCA of Coastal Georgia. He’s a member of the South Foremost Revitalization Committee working to enhance the Blue Mile hall between Downtown Statesboro and the campus of Georgia Southern. Mikell was certainly one of three presenters in Durham, North Carolina, within the America’s Greatest Communities competitors, wherein Statesboro superior to the highest eight within the competitors with an opportunity to win $3 million for the Blue Mile. A summa cum laude graduate of Georgia Southern, Bob Mikell accomplished the Bell Honors Program majoring in historical past with a minor in Spanish. He later graduated cum laude from the College of Georgia Faculty of Regulation.

Chris Rustin, Dr.P.H., Jiann-Ping Hsu School of Public Well being Alumni Award Chris Rustin is a professor of public well being at Georgia Southern who beforehand served because the director of the Environmental Well being Part for the Georgia Division of Public Well being. He was answerable for supervision and statewide oversight of meals security, land use public swimming pool, spa and leisure water park security, tattoo security, vacationer and lodging security, chemical hazards, indoor tanning security, wholesome houses/lead poisoning prevention, entomology and surveillance, and environmental well being emergency preparedness packages. Rustin managed and oversaw a workers of 430 Environmental Well being professionals on the state, district and county Well being Division degree. Along with a Bachelor of Science diploma in biology, he holds a grasp’s diploma in security and environmental compliance, and a Doctorate of Public Well being with an emphasis in neighborhood well being.

Daybreak H. Cartee, Ph.D., School of Training Alumni Award After serving 9 years as president of Ogeechee Technical School, Daybreak Cartee grew to become director of the College of Georgia Middle for Persevering with Training and Resort in 2016. She oversees a 300,000 square-foot facility that features assembly rooms, auditoriums, places of work, two eating places, banquet providers and a 200-room resort. The Middle hosts greater than 1,700 occasions every year, drawing about 95,000 members. She manages a workers of 400 and an annual funds of $23 million. She was named Enterprise Chief of the Yr by the Statesboro-Bulloch Chamber of Commerce in 2011 and a Deen Day Smith Service to Mankind winner in 2010. She is a earlier School of Training Alumna of the Yr. Cartee earned her doctorate in academic administration, an training specialist diploma, a grasp’s diploma in training and bachelor’s diploma in enterprise administration, all from Georgia Southern.

Russell R. McMurry, PE, Allen E. Paulson School of Engineering and Data Know-how Alumni Award Russell McMurry serves as commissioner of the Georgia Division of Transportation, a $3.6 billion, 4,000-employee state company answerable for planning, designing, establishing, sustaining and working Georgia’s state-owned transportation system. Georgia has the tenth largest transportation system within the nation. He started his profession with the Division in 1990 as an engineering trainee and has served in a wide range of roles that embrace development undertaking supervisor, district engineer, director of engineering and chief engineer. He graduated cum laude from Georgia Southern and is a registered skilled engineer within the state of Georgia.

Dr. Louvenia A. Rainge, School of Science and Arithmetic Alumni Award Louvenia A. Rainge has crafted a profitable profession within the dental career, together with being named an Honorable Fellow of the Georgia Dental Affiliation and a Fellow of the Pierre Fauchard Academy and the American School of Dentists. She has earned the Japanese District Dental Society President’s Award; the Georgia Dental Affiliation Committee Award, Council on Dental Well being; the Augusta Dental Society President’s Award; and the Dental School of Georgia Distinguished Alumna Award. After incomes her bachelor’s diploma in biology from Georgia Southern in 1983, Rainge accomplished the Harvard College Pre-dentistry Well being Professions Program and graduated from the Dental School of Georgia.

Eugene (Nick) Wiley, Division of Biology Alumni Award Nick Wiley is govt director of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Fee. He rose by means of the ranks from a wildlife useful resource biologist to his present place and serves as president of the Affiliation of Fish and Wildlife Businesses and govt director of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Fee. A licensed wildlife biologist, his work has been revealed in journals together with Journal of Wildlife Administration and Conservation Biology. Wiley is chair of the School of Science and Arithmetic Advisory Board, a Nationwide Conservation Management Institute Fellow, a member of the Boone and Crockett Membership, and a member of the North American Wetlands Conservation Council. He additionally beforehand served on the State and Federal Joint Process Pressure on Endangered Species Act Implementation. He earned a Bachelor of Science diploma in biology from Georgia Southern in 1983 and a Grasp of Science diploma in wildlife administration from Auburn College in 1986.

Wiley and Vary, each COSM graduates, are additionally from Brantley County, Georgia, and graduated from the identical highschool there. Rainge was valedictorian and Wiley was salutatorian of their highschool graduating class and each selected to attend Georgia Southern.

“Honoring our excellent alumni is actually a privilege,” stated Wendell Tompkins Jr. (‘87), senior director of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving. “They’ve distinguished themselves as one of the best and brightest of their fields, and so they symbolize Georgia Southern in a fashion that makes the entire Eagle Nation proud to say them as our personal.”

Georgia Southern College, a public Carnegie Doctoral/Analysis College based in 1906, gives greater than 125 diploma packages serving 20,673 college students. Via eight schools, the College gives bachelor’s, grasp’s and doctoral diploma packages constructed on greater than a century of educational achievement. Georgia Southern is acknowledged for its student-centered and hands-on strategy to training. Go to

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