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01.03.2014

Richard Riley (BBA ‘84) serves as U.S. Consul General

During his 21-year career as a foreign service officer, Richard Riley (BBA ’84) has traveled the world - from Afghanistan and Iraq to China and Russia. In 2012, the UGA graduate settled down along the beautiful coast of Halifax, Canada, to serve a 3-year term as consul general at the U.S. Consulate General in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. In his role as consul general, Riley promotes economic and political cooperation between the United States and the Atlantic Canadian.

Riley graduated from UGA in 1984 with a business degree and then went on to earn his MBA from Harvard University. He then served at the National Security Agency at Ft. Meade, Md., before joining Boston Consulting Group as a strategy consultant in San Francisco for four years.

Early in his career as a diplomat, Riley spent time in London, China, Moscow, Iraq and Kingston, Jamaica. He helped established and lead two new U.S. embassies after the fall of the former Soviet Union in Estonia and Kazakhstan.

He then served as deputy director of the Office of Egypt & Levan Affairs at the U.S. Department of State from 2009 to 2010. From 2011 to 2012, he was the leader of the Provincial Reconstruction Team in Nangarhar, Afghanistan, and led a team of 32 officers and staff members in the implementation of laws and economic development strategies for the Afghan government.

Riley has earned a number of U.S. Department awards, including multiple Superior Honor awards, Meritorious Honor awards and the Matilda Sinclair Award for Hard Language study (he has studied Mandarin Chinese, Arabic, Russian, Pashto and French).

I was pleased to hear that 2014 40 Under 40 honoree Pat Wilson (AB '96) and UGA Alumni Association board member Brian Dill (AB '94) were lucky enough to meet the consul general and his wife (fellow Bulldog Cheryl Lynn Wong [BBA '83]) while attending a SEUS-Canada gathering last year. Isn't it a small world?

Congratulations, Richard, on an impressive career and best wishes as you continue your term as consul general in 2014.

To read more about Richard Riley, click here.

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04.15.2014

2014 UGA Day Tour

For the past three years, UGA Days has toured more than 26 cities, bringing administrators and coaches to cities across the southeast for evening gatherings with local alumni, friends and fans. This year's tour stops include Greenville, SC; Gainesville, GA; Dalton, GA; Orlando, FL; Savannah, GA; Albany, GA; Houston, TX; Tifton, GA; Augusta, GA; Columbus, GA; Macon, GA; and Gwinnett County, GA.

Each stop on the tour will feature one administrator and two athletic coaches. The program includes updates on UGA's upcoming sports seasons, latest research initiatives and admissions information about the Class of 2018. 

Tomorrow, the 2014 tour will kick off in Greenville! Put on your red and black and practice your Dawg bark, in the next few weeks, UGA will be coming to a city near you. It’s not too late to join the tradition! Click here for more information about each stop on the tour.

The UGA Day program is a collaboration between the UGA Alumni Association and UGA Athletic Association.

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04.14.2014

Thinc. at UGA Entrepreneurial Week

Successful entrepreneurs, including UGA graduates, will share their success stories and lessons learned as part of Thinc. Entrepreneurial Week, now through April 17. The Thinc. initiative is designed to help students, faculty and staff see the world of opportunities both local and global, and to start something in response.

That something might be a new for-profit company or a not-for-profit social venture. It might change something in your own neighborhood or community, or it might change the world.

In addition to the “Starting Points” entrepreneur panel, this year’s Thinc. Entrepreneurial Week will feature a “give back” hackathon; a talk on breakthrough innovation by David Butler, Coca-Cola vice president of innovation and entrepreneurship; a collaborative innovation competition; an extreme networking session, events related to social entrepreneurship, and a local arts and culture business summit.  

Please visit thinc.uga.edu for a full calendar of events, profiles of UGA students, faculty, staff and alumni entrepreneurs and all the information you need to get the most out of Thinc.

Terry Hastings
Director of Research Communications
Office of the Vice President for Research

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04.10.2014

2014 Alumni Awards Luncheon

It’s Honors Week at UGA, a time to celebrate outstanding students, faculty, staff and alumni who have given so much to the university. Tomorrow, the UGA Alumni Association will host the 2014 Alumni Awards Luncheon. The event will take place this Friday, April 11, at noon at the Classic Center in downtown Athens.

At the luncheon, the Alumni Merit Award, the UGA Alumni Association's oldest honor, will be presented to Charlayne Hunter-Gault (ABJ '63), known for her award-winning journalism and work as a foreign correspondent and M. Douglas Ivester (BBA '69), who spent over 20 years working with Coca-Cola.

Vice President of Development and Alumni Relations Tom Landrum (AB '72, MA '87) and Anne Sweaney, professor emerita in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences, will be honored with the Faculty Service Award. The Alumni Family of the Year award will go to Francis "Abit" Massey (BBA '49) and his family, known for their commitment to the community, poultry industry and UGA.

Click here for more information about the honorees and the event.

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