2014 UGA Alumni Association Awards


Alumni Merit Awards

M. Douglas Ivester

M. Douglas Ivester (BBA ’69) is president of Deer Run Investments LLC. He joined The Coca-Cola Company in 1979 and in 1981 became the youngest vice president in the company’s history. He served as CEO from 1997 to 2000. Twice a year Ivester hosts eight UGA students at Deer Run Plantation in South Georgia for a weekend of leadership training and fellowship. He is a retired managing trustee of the UGA Foundation.








Charlayne Hunter-Gault

Charlayne Hunter-Gault (ABJ ’63) is an award-winning journalist and was one of the first two African-American students, with the late Hamilton Holmes (BS ’63), to enroll at UGA. Formerly a foreign correspondent in South Africa for National Public Radio and the Public Broadcasting Service, Hunter-Gault also served as CNN’s bureau chief in Johannesburg. She maintains ties with the university, which has a lecture series and a building named for her and Holmes.






Faculty Service Awards

Thomas S. Landrum

Thomas S. Landrum (AB ’72, MA ’87), vice president for development and alumni relations, has worked at the university since 1976, serving for 19 years in the office of the president as an assistant to former presidents Michael Adams and Charles Knapp. Prior to his current position he served as senior vice president for external affairs under Adams, overseeing fundraising, public affairs and alumni affairs. He is co-advisor to the UGA Blue Key Chapter. After 41 years of service, Landrum will retire from UGA in June 2014.







Anne L. Sweaney

Anne L. Sweaney, a professor emerita of the College of Family and Consumer Sciences, spent more than 30 years at UGA teaching and doing research on the effect of public policy on housing, housing needs for older adults and the role of technology in housing. Sweaney launched the FACS study abroad program in London. In 1996 she received the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Award for Excellence in College and University Teaching. In 2012, UGA established the Anne L. Sweaney Innovation Fund to continue her commitment to creativity, diversity, leadership and service.






Family of the Year

Francis “Abit” Massey

Francis “Abit” (BBA ’49) and Kayanne Shoffner Massey, of Gainesville, Ga., are known for their commitment to the community, the poultry industry and UGA, where Abit Massey is a trustee for the UGA Research Foundation. In 2008 Massey became president emeritus of the Georgia Poultry Federation after serving as the its executive director for 48 years. He received the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association’s Harold E. Ford Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012. Massey also was president of the UGA Alumni Association from 1991 to 1993. He and Kayanne Massey, who was crowned Miss Georgia in 1959, have two children, Lewis and Camille. Lewis Massey (BBA ’84) was Georgia secretary of state from 1996 to 1998. Lewis and his wife Amy have three children: Chandler, a student at UCLA and Emmy Award-winning actor; Cameryn, a third-year student at UGA; and Christian. Camille is a human rights lawyer in New York City and has one child, Lucia.