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Newsmakers in business, April 26
0426BIZAndrew Leavitt
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Leavitt named vice president of North Georgia College & State U.
North Georgia College & State University has announced Andrew Leavitt will be its new vice president for institutional advancement.

Leavitt, who will begin working at North Georgia on June 1, succeeds Bruce Howerton, who retired in December.

"North Georgia is striving to meet growing student and regional needs, and there are many exciting projects on the horizon that depend upon expanded state and private support for their success," said David Potter, university president in announcing the appointment. "Andy Leavitt brings valuable experience to the advancement function at North Georgia and the important role it plays in communicating the mission of the university and developing resources that support and enhance our work."

As associate vice president for development and alumni relations at the University of West Georgia from 2005 through 2008, Leavitt managed the university's donor programs, community relations activities, and alumni special events programs and recognition activities.

During that time, he served as executive director and treasurer of the institution's foundation and worked with the board of trustees to develop fundraising strategies, administered major real estate holdings for residence hall development, and oversaw the development of two major construction projects: a 9,500-seat stadium and a Greek Village.

Leavitt, a native of Tucson, Ariz., is also a chemistry professor at the University of West Georgia and has taught at the institution since 1994. He holds a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Utah and a bachelor's degree in chemistry from the University of Arizona.

In 2006, he completed the Management Development Program at the Harvard Institutes for Higher Education.

Food Lion Names Dalton as its Store Manager of the Year
Currie Dalton of Jefferson is the recipient of Food Lion's Store Manager Excellence Award winner for 2008.

Dalton, who split 2008 as the manager of the Food Lion located at 2888 Browns Bridge Road and the Food Lion in Dawsonville, was selected from a group of seven other divisional winners.

"I want to thank Food Lion for allowing me to be part of their team and giving me the resources to be a successful manager," Dalton said in accepting the award. "I take this trophy home, not just for myself; I take this trophy home for every associate for what we've done together and what we've done as a team."

Dalton, a store manager with Food Lion for four years, holds a bachelors degree in Social Services from Piedmont College in Demorest. He, his wife, Carmen, and their two children live in Jefferson.

Food Lion's Store Manager Excellence Award selection includes nine areas of focus, including associate development, leadership, strategic decision-making, cross-organizational collaboration and teamwork, executional excellence, extraordinary results, great customer experiences, community involvement and diversity and inclusion.

Divisional winners are chosen from a group of 24 regional winners and more than 100 district winners. Dalton, along with the regional winners, was recognized at Food Lion's annual leadership summit in Greensboro, N.C.

Food Lion LLC is a subsidiary of Brussels-based Delhaize Group and operates some 1,300 supermarkets, either directly or through affiliated entities, under the names of Food Lion, Bloom, Bottom Dollar Food, Harveys and Reid's.

Longstreet earns accreditation
The Longstreet Clinic has been awarded a three-year accreditation in general ultrasound as the result of a recent survey by the American College of Radiology.

The college awards accreditation to facilities for the achievement of high practice standards after a peer-review evaluation of the practice. Evaluations are conducted by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. They assess the qualifications of the personnel and the adequacy of the facility equipment.

The surveyors report their findings to the ACR's Committee on Accreditation, which subsequently provides the practice with a comprehensive report.

The ACR is a national organization serving more than 32,000 diagnostic and interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists and nuclear medicine and medical physicists with programs focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology and the delivery of comprehensive health care services.

Cash completes window course
Donna Cash of Designs by Donna has completed the Somfy expert program in motorization of window treatments to make homes more energy efficient.

Adding motorization to new or retrofitting existing window treatments, blinds and shades can help reduce energy costs.

"Motorization of window treatments and blinds in hard to reach areas like over tubs, sky lights, and second story windows is a huge benefit to a home owner," Cash said.

Designs by Donna, a consulting drapery workroom, is located in Flowery Branch

Defino chosen to wastewater board
Gov. Sonny Perdue has appointed William P. "Bill" Defino of Clarkesville to the State Board of Examiners for Certification of Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant Operators and Laboratory Analysts.

Defino, 45, is an environmental specialist for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Environmental Protection Division. He is a licensed Class I Georgia Water Treatment Plant Operator and Lab Analyst and Class I Georgia Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator and Lab Analyst.

He is a member of the American Water Works Association, Georgia Water and Pollution Control Association, American Water Resources Association and Trout Unlimited. Defino earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Georgia.

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