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November 19, 2012

Georgia College Foundation recognizes distinguished alumni and friends



• Alex Gregory received his master’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in science administration from Georgia College. He currently serves as the chair, CEO and president of Marietta-based YKK Corporation of America. Gregory oversees 13 companies located in North and Central America, the West Indies and Colombia. He served as a member of the foundation Board of Trustees for more than 20 years, serving as chair twice. Gregory is also a longtime supporter and mentor to students participating in the university’s Georgia Education Mentorship Program known as GEM. During 2001, he received the Georgia College Alumni Achievement Award, and during 2002, he was honored as Georgia College’s Executive of the Year, presented by the J. Whitney Bunting College of Business.

• Sherrilyn Kenyon, a science fiction and fantasy writer, says her creative writing professors at Georgia College encouraged her success. While studying in the library, Kenyon often wondered what it would be like to have her writing published like the school’s influential and revered graduate, Flannery O’Connor. Sixty books and 25 million copies later, Kenyon is an international sensation. Best known for her “Dark-Hunter” series, Kenyon’s books have reached the top of best-seller lists in the “New York Times,” “Publishers Weekly” and “USA Today.” In the past three years alone, her work has reached the top of the “Times” list 16 times. She cites Georgia College as an integral part of her life and career. During 2012, she received the Georgia College Alumni Achievement Award.

• Dave Perkins, a renowned guitarist and music producer, has worked with a legion of legendary artists, including Ray Charles, Carole King and Willie Nelson. He received his bachelor of arts degree from Georgia College in 1971, majoring in history. After 25 years on the road and in the studio as a musician, Perkins’ earned a master of divinity degree and a doctorate from Vanderbilt University. Perkins currently serves as Vanderbilt’s associate director of the Religion in the Arts and Contemporary Culture program. He has also released a critically acclaimed blues-rock album, “Pistol City Holiness,” and he has written the score and performed all the music for the 2012 feature film, “Deadline.”

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