Congratulations to newly elected Brentwood, Tenn., Mayor Betsy Crossley (BS ’77, MS ’80)!
Elected as a Brentwood City Commissioner in 2007, Crossley previously served as mayor from 2009 until 2011. She has been a member of the city's Historic Commission, Planning Commission, Tree Board and Library Board. For the past five years, she has served as a member of the Tennessee Municipal League's Board advocating on behalf of municipalities. On the state level, Crossley was appointed to a three-year term on the Tennessee Water and Wastewater Financing Board by the governor in 2011. In 2012, the Speaker of the House appointed her to a two-year term as a member of the Tennessee Local Development Authority. Crossley was the first woman ever appointed to serve in that position.
The alumna moved to Brentwood in 1999. Prior to her public service there, she was a medical researcher and teacher. Her community involvement includes Christ United Methodist Church, the Williamson County Education Foundation Board, Leadership and Youth Leadership Brentwood, Williamson County Chamber of Commerce, Brentwood Rotary Club, and the American Heart Association.
She has been married for more than 30 years to her husband, George. They have two sons who graduated from the University of Tennessee (we’ll let that slide).
We are so impressed with Crossley’s commitment to her community and are impressed by her continued leadership in the Nashville area. Best of luck in this term, Betsy!
The UGA Willson Center for Humanities & Arts is a showcase for faculty innovation and achievement. It facilitates intellectual exchange with the University and the public by the encouragement of interdisciplinary activity, which extends to the sciences and other orders of knowledge.
The Center is named for Jane Willson, the owner of Sunnyland Farms, Inc., the largest mail-order pecan business in the country, and her late husband Harry Willson, who was the chairman and CEO of Sunnyland Farms before his death in 2004.
The Willson Center for Humanities and Arts was founded as the Humanities Center in 1987 and named thereafter the Center for Humanities and Arts (1997) and the Jane and Harry Willson Center for Humanities and Arts (2005).
The Center coordinates a number of wonderful programs, including today’s special event with Ambassador James A. Joseph titled “Leadership as a Way of Being: Reflections on Nelson Mandela, Servant Leadership and Personal Renewal.” Joseph was the U.S. ambassador to South Africa from 1995 to 1999, the only person in that office to present his credentials to President Nelson Mandela. He served in the administrations of four presidents of the United States.
If you aren’t acquainted with the Willson Center, I encourage you to visit its website at www.willson.uga.edu to learn more about upcoming events. Our University is blessed to have such an incredible resource on campus – another reason it’s great to be a Georgia Bulldog!
Early last month, Tom Katzenmeyer (AB ’76) took over as president and CEO of the Greater Columbus (Ohio) Arts Council. The organization distributes funds for the arts, and advocates and markets the Central Ohio arts community. In this role, Katzenmeyer will oversee a staff of 11 and a budget of more than $6 million. His fellow Columbus cultural leaders say he is a strong choice for the position because of his expertise in navigating politics and business.
Just prior to joining the Arts Council, the alumnus served as senior vice president for university communications for The Ohio State University. At Ohio State, Tom oversaw university-wide communications and reputation management.
Before joining Ohio State, he was senior vice president of investor, media, and community relations for Limited Brands, Inc. He was responsible for the company’s relationships with investors and analysts, local media, national business and trade press, and the nonprofit and philanthropic community.
Prior to joining Limited in 1990, Katzenmeyer served as executive assistant for legislative affairs to the Governor of Ohio for four years. His public service career spans nearly 15 years, including time on the staff of Ohio House of Representatives and the Ohio Department of Development.
Congratulations to Tom as he takes on this new role – I have no doubt he will help the Greater Columbus Arts Council continue to thrive!
Thanks to a generous gift from Carolyn Caudell Tieger (ABJ ’69), the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication has created the Carolyn Caudell Tieger Chair in Public Affairs Communications.
The Tieger Professorship and Chair will be the first of its kind within a college of journalism and mass communication. Its purpose is to prepare students to lead and compete effectively in the world of policy, politics and advocacy communication.
The Chair will begin as the Carolyn Caudell Tieger Professorship and will continue with an annual pledge to reach the $250,000 endowment threshold for a professorship. When combined with a commitment from her estate, the Carolyn Caudell Tieger Chair endowment will reach or exceed $1 million.
Tieger said her vision for the chair and its focus grew from her desire to use her experiences to help students get ahead on a professional track she had to forge herself with on the job training.
The Tieger Professorship and eventual Chair will provide leadership for a cohort of approximately 100 students enrolled in dual degrees in the Grady College and the School of Public and International Affairs.
A Washington communications veteran based now in Naples, Fla., Tieger is a public affairs strategists specializing in legislative issues, corporate and industry crises, litigation and reputation management. Her career spans the U.S. Congress, the White House, two international PR firms and her own company. As a partner and managing director of Porter Novelli's Washington office, she welcomed classes of Grady students to the firm on their annual PRSSA trip to the nation’s capital.
Named PR News Public Affairs Executive of the Year in 2006 and Washington PR Woman of the Year by Washington Women in PR in 2005, Tieger is also a member of the inaugural Grady Fellowship and was awarded the college's John Holliman Jr. Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2008. Tieger also has been appointed to serve on the Grady Board of Trust.
"My dream is that Grady and UGA might be a site of the next Presidential debates," Tieger said. "I am humbled and honored that from my parents' sacrifices that allowed me to graduate from Grady and go on to a wonderful career in D.C., I can help students with their ambitions today.
Thank you, Carolyn, for giving back to the University of Georgia in such a tremendous way. Your dedication to your alma mater is commendable and we appreciate your continued support. I look forward to what this Chair and Professorship will hold for Grady and SPIA students in the future.
Information for this post was sourced from UGA Public Affairs.
If you live in the Boston area, you may have stumbled across Katarina Burin (BFA ’99) in The Boston Globe last week – the alumna recently won the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) 2013 James and Audrey Foster Prize.
The James and Audrey Foster Prize helps the ICA nurture and recognize Boston-area artists of exceptional promise. The program allows local artists to exhibit their work in a leading contemporary art museum, and offers a substantial financial award of $25,000 to the winner.
Burin’s work is now on exhibition at the ICA, and includes architectural drawings, models and photographs centered around Petra Andrejova-Molnar, a fictional character Burin created.
According to The Boston Globe, “In creating Andrejova-Molnár, Burin drew on her own childhood, growing up among the severe concrete buildings of communist Slovakia and her own knowledge of the modernist movements that emerged after World War I. Though she began the project in Berlin about five years ago, Burin drew inspiration from her move to Cambridge, particularly her work at Harvard. Burin teaches in the Carpenter Center, the only Le Corbusier building in the United States. She has also studied the work of another legendary modernist, Walter Gropius, who fled Nazi Germany to eventually land at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design.”
In addition to winning this prize, the alumna has accepted an offer to join the faculty at Harvard University as a lecturer in visual and environmental studies. She has been a visiting lecturer there since 2009.
Congratulations to Katarina. If you live in the area, we hope you will stop by and experience her work in person.