Betsy Crossley (BS ’77, MS ’80) elected mayor of Nashville suburb
Spotlight on the Jane and Harry Willson Center for Humanities & Arts
Alumnus leads Columbus, Ohio, arts council
Grady College creates Carolyn Caudell Tieger Chair in Public Affairs Communications
Alumna Katarina Burin wins $25,000 ICA award
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Bulldog serves as world-renowned authority on French novelist
UGA students receive Udall, Truman and Goldwater scholarships
UGA mourns cherished members of the Bulldog family
Ben Stowers (AB ’08) leads foundation to protect Georgia’s natural resources
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Sixth UGA School of Law grad selected to clerk for U.S. Supreme Court
UGA app designed by students launches today
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Happy (Belated) St. Patrick’s Day!
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Travis Williams: A True Believer in Justice
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As a child, Travis Williams (JD ’08) watched as his neighbors ran into trouble with the law and he was occasionally the target of what he believed was abuse by authorities. From that early age, Williams knew he was destined to be a criminal defense lawyer.
Today, the Georgia School of Law graduate is being featured in Gideon’s Army, a 2013 Sundance Film Festival documentary that follows three young public defenders in the Deep South. The film is named for the landmark case Gideon v. Wainwright, which ensured effective defense to all charged with a crime 50 years ago.
Williams’s journey hasn’t been easy. After high school, he attended Florida A&M University and earned a bachelor's degree in business administration. During college, he was homeless for a period of time and living in his car. But he managed to graduate and eventually earned his law degree from UGA.
Since joining Hall County’s public defender's office nearly four years ago, Williams has thrown himself into work. He lives in an apartment next door to the office. He arrives at work at 7 a.m. each day and leaves late at night. He's donned an orange jumpsuit during closing arguments to emphasize a point and has even parachuted from a plane to get firsthand experience of reasonable doubt.
Williams is admired by his peers and is seen as an individual who has the potential to influence criminal defense policy in the near future. He stands as a model of perseverance and the pursuit of justice in our country. The New York Times ran a feature on Gideon’s Army earlier this year. I encourage you to read it and watch the documentary preview online. It looks like an incredible piece of work that highlights this young man’s hard work and dedication.
The UGA Alumni Association is proud to have Williams among our alumni. His dedication to defending those without a voice is admirable.
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!