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November 19, 2012

Georgia College Foundation recognizes distinguished alumni and friends

MILLEDGEVILLE — Six alumni and friends received recognition for achievements in their profession, field or society.

The Georgia College Foundation hosted its inaugural Academy of Distinguished Alumni and Friends induction ceremony Saturday, Nov. 10 at the InterContinental Buckhead Atlanta Hotel.

The inductees are widely regarded and respected for professional and personal success and are actively involved in field of work or philanthropic endeavors.

The foundation was established in 1960 to receive, manage and administer private gifts in support of the Georgia College mission and priorities.

The following professionals were inducted in to the Georgia College Foundation’s 2012 Academy of Distinguished Alumni and Friends:

• Max Crook worked in the field of finance for 40 years. He recently retired from Morgan Keegan & Co. in Macon as a financial adviser. In the middle Georgia community, Crook has been extensively involved with the Macon Civic Club, Wesleyan College and Museum of Aviation at Robins Air Force Base. Crook chaired the foundation from 1996 to 1997, leading efforts to keep the Old Governor’s Mansion as part of the campus. Crook received the William Bone Golden Key Award in honor of alumna William Thomas Bone in 2010. The award is reserved to honor friends of Georgia College who have rendered outstanding service to both the university and community.

• Mike Garrett spent 40 years with Southern Co. He served as president and CEO of Georgia Power, Southern Co.’s largest subsidiary. Garrett earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Georgia College in 1976. He and his wife, Karen, have devoted themselves to a number of endeavors, including Georgia 4-H. Garrett also has chaired campaigns for the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, Woodruff Arts Center and United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta. During 2004, he received Georgia College’s Executive of the Year Award from the J. Whitney Bunting College of Business. During 2009, “Georgia Trend Magazine” named Garrett its “Most Respected Business Leader.”

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