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Georgia Southern University Foundation, Inc.

The Georgia Southern University Foundation raises, invests and distributes private dollars needed to fund the programs, projects, scholarships, equipment and buildings that help Georgia Southern University earn and maintain a reputation for excellence.

Tuition, fees and state allocations cover the “basics,” but are not sufficient to provide for the many “extras” that add quality and value to a university education and allow research and regional service to flourish.

The Foundation also provides support to divisions within the University to fund special needs. These include many instructional projects, cultural outreach initiatives, admissions programs, international student activities, the Georgia Southern University Southern Pride Marching Band, and more. The Foundation supports the fundraising needs of the Georgia Southern University Museum, The Garden of the Coastal Plain, the Georgia Southern University Center for Wildlife Education and the Lamar Q Ball Jr. Raptor Center, the Performing Arts Center, and other facilities and programs which serve the campus and community.

The Georgia Southern University Foundation, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization established in 1962 to raise and manage private dollars to meet the needs of Georgia Southern University that are not funded through state allocations.

The Georgia Southern University Foundation, Inc., is qualified by the Internal Revenue Service as a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) corporation.

Vision and Mission


The Georgia Southern University Foundation Inc. exists to raise private funding to meet certain educational and institutional needs at Georgia Southern University not addressed by state allocations.


The mission of The Georgia Southern University Foundation, Inc. is to assist Georgia Southern University in fulfilling its multifaceted mission and in its efforts to achieve educational excellence. The Foundation primarily accomplishes this mission by providing leadership in obtaining the resources needed to achieve the University’s goals and through responsible stewardship of the assets entrusted to the Foundation for the benefit and enhancement of the University.

Board Members

Mr. Stephen Milner – Chair
Mr. Trip C. Addison – President
Dr. John Hodges – Secretary
Mrs. Sharon Ponder – Treasurer

Dr. Don Aaron, Jr.
Orthopedic Surgeon
Optim Orthopedics
Statesboro, GA
Mr. Trip C. Addison
VP, University Advancement
President, University Foundation
Georgia Southern University
Statesboro, GA
Mr. Ames Barnett
Barnett Southern Corporation
Washington, GA
Mrs. Ellen Bolch
THA Group
Savannah, GA
Mr. David H. Brooker
President and CEO
Citizens Bank of Washington County
Sandersville, GA
Mr. Bryan Burke
BBWH Insurors
Statesboro, GA
Mr. Brandon Butler
Partner/Chief Culture & Innovation Officer
Norcross, GA
Dr. Harry Carter
The Citadel
Charleston, SC
Dr. Kelley Chester
Principal & Co-Founder
Thought Bridge LLC
Milton, GA
Mr. Bill Crider
Crider Companies
Stillmore, GA
Mr. David Edwards
EVP/Director of Strategic Projects
United Bank Corporation
Atlanta, GA
Mr. Preston Etheridge
Senior Vice President
Regions Bank
Fayetteville, GA
Mr. Richard T. Evans, Jr.
Vice President
Evans General Contractors
Alpharetta, GA
Mr. Christian Flathman
Director of Communications
Eve Air Mobility
Savannah, GA
Mrs. Kim Hartsock
Office Managing Partner
Warren Averett
Suwanee, GA
Mr. John Ray Hendley
Hendley Properties
Statesboro, GA
Mr. Cedric Henry
COO & Co-Founder
Millennium Corporation
Arlington, VA
Dr. John Hodges
Retired MD
Statesboro, GA
Mr. Eric Johnson
Executive Vice President
Hussey Gay Bell
Savannah, GA
Mr. Ronny Just
Governmental Relations Manager
Georgia Power Company
Atlanta, GA
Dr. Kyle Marrero
University President
Georgia Southern University
Statesboro, GA
Mr. Stephen Milner
Planters Telephone Cooperative
Newington, GA
Mrs. Deborah Nelson
Nelson Boyd, PLLC
Sequim, WA & St. Simons Island, GA
Mr. David Paddison
Sterling Seacrest Partners, Inc.
Savannah, GA
Mrs. Sharon Ponder
VP of Finance
Bennett International Group
McDonough, GA
Mrs. Dana Potts
LifeSteps Bank & Trust
Register, GA
Mrs. Dennette Thornton
Director, Group Sales & Stadium Tours
AMB Sports & Entertainment, LLC
Atlanta, GA
Mr. Kash Trivedi
Capital City Public Affairs
Atlanta, GA
Mr. James Van Epps
Van Epps LLC
Roswell, GA

Board Agendas and Minutes

Audited Financial Statements

To view current Audited Financial Statements and archived audited financial statements, please visit Georgia Southern University Foundation Accounting page

IRS Form 990

To view current IRS Form 990 and available archived IRS Form 990s, please visit Georgia Southern University Foundation Accounting page

Last updated: 4/26/2024