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UNG Foundation honored for leadership
Work in merging two schools cited
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The Foundation’s board was one of six boards selected from nearly 50 applicants across the country.

The Foundation combined two foundations during the consolidation and merger of North Georgia College & State University and Gainesville State College. Work on that merger occurred in 2012 and the new foundation took effect July 1, 2013.

The UNG Foundation was chosen unanimously because of “strong leadership in the face of significant challenges.”

“The board’s thoughtful but forward-thinking action as (it) merged a military school with a community college is a model for other institutions facing challenging times,” Richard D. Legon, AGB president, said.

The UNG foundation raises private money to support the university.

UNG President Bonita C. Jacobs praised the board for being the first among consolidated Georgia universities to merge foundations of the two former institutions.

“This group of dedicated volunteers has demonstrated great leadership by uniting to support the university and its students,” Jacobs said. “With their support and commitment, we have increased annual fundraising for student scholarships by more than 500 percent since fiscal year 2012 and increased the value of the endowment to nearly $50 million.”

“The leadership and determination evidenced by the members of the former Gainesville State College and the North Georgia College and State University foundations cannot be understated,” Mary Helen McGruder, chairman of the UNG Foundation board, said.

“They set an example for the rest of the state to follow as they came together to work for a common good — our students. I am honored to serve as chairman and to have our efforts recognized on such a prestigious national platform.”

Boards selected for the award will be honored during a visit to their institutions by AGB’s leadership during their spring board meetings.

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