I am humbled to serve the Bulldog Nation as the 74th president of the UGA Alumni Association. I look forward to meeting the university’s many alumni, students, parents and friends when you visit campus or at events in your hometowns.
I was born in Ft. Benning, Georgia, and moved to Atlanta as a small child. I am that “confused middle child.” My older sister, Linda Marett (BBA ’75), and younger sister, Terri Vann (BBA ’80), are both Bulldogs and also accountants. Being on campus in the 1970s, I have fond memories of places like Poss’ Lakeview, Bubba’s, T.K. Hearty’s and the B&L Warehouse. I also joined Alpha Chi Omega sorority and still participate in sorority activities as an alumna.
I am a CPA, and launched my career with PwC upon graduation. I have spent the past 25 years with Frazier & Deeter in Atlanta. I moved to Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, several years ago and had the pleasure of helping form the Hilton Head Island Chapter of the UGA Alumni Association.
Prior to joining the UGA Alumni Association Board of Directors seven years ago, I was on the Terry College of Business Alumni Board for eight years, serving as president in 2005.
During my two-year term as president, the board will focus on increasing the percentage of alumni who contribute to UGA since “alumni participation rate” factors into college rankings. We will achieve this goal through encouraging alumni participation in regional and chapter events, by collaborating with UGA’s 17 schools and colleges, and enhancing our signature events, including Bulldog 100, 40 Under 40, Alumni Awards Luncheon, UGA Days, Dawg Trot 5K for Scholarships and Founders Week.
Another focus for our board will be on supporting UGA’s fabulous students - our future alumni. We plan to identify ways to better incorporate students in alumni activities, including mentoring, experiential learning opportunities, networking offerings, scholarships, and ultimately, jobs and internships. We will continue to support and work closely with our Student Alumni Council, led by Lyddy O'Brien from the Class of 2016.
Each of you can count on the UGA Alumni Association Board of Directors to support the best interests and traditions of Georgia’s flagship university and its more than 288,000 living graduates. Our dedicated staff in Athens and Atlanta, led by Executive Director of Alumni Relations Meredith Gurley Johnson (BSFCS ’00), stands ready to serve you. I encourage you to get involved, give generously and come see us on campus soon!
Your Lady Dawg,
Ruth Bartlett (BBA ’76)