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Greetings my fellow alumni:

We’ve come to the end of my two-year term as alumni president. It’s hard to believe that this time has come as it feels like it was just yesterday that I took the reins as president. It’s been said that time flies when you are having fun and enjoying what you are doing. I can attest to the truth of this statement as I have truly enjoyed being your alumni president.

The main focus of my presidency has been to keep my fellow alumni active and involved with UGA—as I am a firm believer that interested, engaged and positive alumni improve the university as a whole. This has been a tremendous undertaking, as there are over 275,000 living UGA alumni in all parts of the state, nation and world. During my two years as president, I was privileged to have the opportunity to travel the state and the nation to meet our alumni who are using their UGA degrees in a variety of fields, improving our communities and representing UGA well. I encourage all of our alumni to stay connected to UGA through the network of local and UGA Alumni Association Chapters.

Also, during my presidency we continued in the tradition of the signature programs, specifically Bulldog 100 and 40 under 40. Both programs recognize our alumni who are excelling in their fields. Congratulations to this year’s Bulldog 100 class and the soon to be named 40 under 40.

No farewell would be appropriate without saying thank you—as leaders are only as good as the people who work with them. I would like to thank the dedicated Alumni Board and the awesome Alumni Association staff, led by Executive Director Deborah Dietzler, for their hard work and devoted service to the mission and goals of the Alumni Association. I wish my successor and incoming president, Tim Keadle (BBA ’78), all the best. I know that Tim will do a great job on behalf of UGA.

I would also like to thank the Honorable Julie E. Carnes (AB ’72, JD ’75), chief judge of the United States District Court, Northern District of Georgia, for all of the advice and guidance that she has provided to help me be a successful alumni president. A big thank you to my chambers staff at the Northern District of Georgia, who were patient and supportive as I juggled dual roles of judge and alumni president. Last, but certainly not least, I would like to thank my beautiful wife and best friend, Lillian (EdS ’94), for her love and encouragement in this endeavor.

With the end of my alumni presidency, we will also mark the end of the presidency of Dr. Michael F. Adams. Dr. Adams will step down on June 30, 2013. I would like to thank Dr. Adams for all that he has done for our beloved University of Georgia, and for the support that he has given to me and the Alumni Association. One of my last, most important, tasks as alumni president was to serve on the UGA Presidential Search Committee for the purpose of finding our next president. On Feb. 4, 2013, Jere Morehead was named as the next UGA President. Jere is a UGA alumnus (JD ’80). Jere’s selection is a testament to my continued thoughts—our alumni are doing great things. Jere will be an outstanding UGA president.

On the whole, as I mentioned above, I have truly enjoyed being your alumni president, but more than that, I have been honored to be your alumni president. Words cannot explain how much it has meant to be able to graduate from the University in 1978—then, some 35 years later, be able to lead its alumni nation. Thank you for this opportunity. I remain proud to be a Georgia Bulldog.

Good things are happening at UGA and in my opinion, the future looks great. It’s great to be a Georgia Bulldog!

—Steve Jones (BBA ’78, JD ’87), president         UGA Alumni Association

Lillian Kincey and Steve Jones

Wednesday, June 12

Alumni Career Fair

11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

UGA graduates are invited to network with employers and fellow Bulldogs at the annual Alumni Career Fair at the Gwinnett Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth, Ga.

Friday, June 14

UGA Young Alumni Gathering Young alumni are invited to this annual gathering at SweetWater Brewing Company, 195 Ottley Dr. N.E., Atlanta.

Monday, July 29

UGA Day in Gwinnett County 6 p.m.  Atlanta-area alumni and friends will celebrate UGA at a dinner that will feature new President Jere Morehead (JD ’80), Head Football Coach Mark Richt and Head Basketball Coach Mark Fox. Hosted by Chuck Dowdle, the event will be at the Gwinnett Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth, Ga. Register online at http://www.alumni.uga.edu/ugadays.

Sunday, Aug. 11

Third Annual Freshman Welcome The UGA Student Alumni Association and the Student Government Association will officially welcome the Class of 2017 by inviting new students to Sanford Stadium for a class photo on the field.

Friday, Sept. 6

Kickoff Friday UGA alumni and friends are invited to a special Bulldog Breakfast Club to ring in the new season with Head Football Coach Mark Richt and other special guests.

Thursday, Sept. 19

40 Under 40 Luncheon Forty

UGA alumni under age 40 will be recognized for their accomplishments at a luncheon in their honor. For more on the event go to http://www.alumni.uga.edu/40u40.

For information on events in your area as well as alumni news, go to http://www.alumni.uga.edu.

About 700 runners and walkers turned out in mid-March for the sixth annual Dawg Trot 5K, sponsored by the UGA Alumni Association.