I bring you great tidings of joy from the Classic City and from the gorgeous campus of the University of Georgia. It is my distinct honor to serve as the 73rd president of the UGA Alumni Association. I look forward to meeting each of you when you visit campus or at events in your areas.
Originally from the middle Georgia community of Barnesville, I committed to the “G” at age 3 while doing the twist in the Tri-Delt house on Milledge Avenue, my sister’s sorority. The summer of 1974 I enrolled at UGA and was a member of the 1974 freshman football team. (At that time freshmen were not allowed to play on the regular team.) Thirty-five years since that fateful date night of dancing to the mighty Tams in downtown Athens, I am still married to my UGA college sweetheart, the former Kathryn “Kitty” Kincaid Thomas (BBA ’78). We resided in metro Atlanta for 34 years and recently moved home to Athens so I can fulfill my duties as president. My wonderful supporting family of Kitty, our daughter, Georgia Keadle Hardison (BBA ’04, MAcc ’05), and our son, Walker Lee Keadle (BBA ’08), is ready to serve UGA and its alumni with energy and enthusiasm.
During my eight years on the Alumni Association Board of Directors, I have had the pleasure of serving with Federal District Court Judge and Immediate Past President Steve Jones (BBA ’78, JD ’87). Steve’s leadership has meant so much to me, and I want to thank him for the fine example he set. Steve is a class act, and I have a challenge in maintaining his standard of excellence. Also, my sincere appreciation goes out to my colleagues in Atlanta at Porter Keadle Moore LLC. They so graciously cover for me in my many absences while serving UGA.
During my two-year term as president, I will emphasize the Alumni Association’s chapter structure. Chapter events bring UGA and Athens to your communities. Please become involved with your local chapter and capitalize on the numerous opportunities to network and socialize with fellow Bulldogs and to support your alma mater.
Thank you to the more than 350 alumni chapter leaders from Rabun Gap to the marshes of Glynn and across the globe, whose hard work is priceless and greatly appreciated at events such as UGA Days, Freshman Send Offs, Bulldogs After Business Hours and Women of UGA gatherings, among others. These volunteers do an incredible job coordinating activities for more than 110 alumni chapters.
Let me recognize the 2013 40 Under 40 Class, which will be honored on Sept. 19 at the Georgia Aquarium. These young graduates have achieved great success in their life endeavors, and I congratulate each of them on this great honor. They are truly an impressive group. To view the complete list of honorees or to register for the 40 Under 40 Awards Luncheon, please visit http://www.alumni.uga.edu/40u40.
Each of you can count on the UGA Alumni Association Board of Directors and me to support the best interests and traditions of Georgia’s flagship university and its graduates. I encourage you to return to campus soon. A visit to the Classic City will surely renew your soul.
Always a Dawg,
Tim Keadle (BBA ’78), president UGA Alumni Association
Game Watching Parties
Association chapters across the country will hold parties each week to cheer the Bulldogs on to victory. Find one in your area at http://www.alumni.uga.edu/calendar.
Thursday, Sept. 19
40 Under 40 Awards Luncheon Join the Alumni Association as it recognizes 40 of UGA’s most accomplished young alumni during a luncheon at the Georgia Aquarium. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. with lunch at noon. Go to http://www.alumni.uga.edu/40u40 for more information.
Friday, Sept. 20, and Saturday, Sept. 21
UGA Parents and Families Weekend Parents and Families Weekend brings families to campus to visit their students and participate in events including tours, an Arts at UGA reception, a traditional tailgate party and the opportunity to attend the UGA football game against North Texas.
Friday, Oct. 11
Alumni Night at the Bookstore Graduates are invited to the UGA Bookstore from 5-7 p.m. to shop for items at 20 percent off. The event includes alumni authors book signings and photos with Uga IX.
Saturday, Oct. 26
Bulldog Pumpkin Pickin’ Alumni and friends are invited to join the Macon Chapter of the Alumni Association at Elliot Farms in Lizella, Ga., for an afternoon of pumpkin picking, hayrides and tasty treats.
Monday, Nov. 4, to Sunday, Nov. 10
McGladrey Classic The UGA Alumni Association and the Golden Isles Chapter will again host “The Dawg House” hospitality tent at the annual tournament at the Sea Island Golf Club on St. Simons Island, Ga. For more information on the tournament, go to http://www.mcgladreyclassic.com.