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February 2011 Issue

In Memoriam: Regent Felton Jenkins

In Memoriam: Regent Felton Jenkins

On Saturday, January 1, 2011, Regent and Vice Chairman of the Board of Regents, Felton Jenkins, passed away. Funeral services were held on January 5, 2010 at the First United Methodist Church in Madison, Georgia, where his was a member. He is survived by his wife, Julie, and their three grown children.

Regent Jenkins began his tenure at the Board of Regents after being appointed by Governor Sonny Perdue in January 2006.

“He was just the shining example of what a regent ought to be,” said regents Chairman Willis Potts, who met Jenkins when both were sworn in as regents on the same day in 2006. “I just enjoyed working with him so very much. He was the kind of guy we would all aspire to be like. It’s a tragic loss for the state.” [Athens Banner-Herald, January 4, 2011]

Chancellor Erroll Davis shared a few thoughts on Regent Jenkins, “First, he came without an agenda. He was not ego-driven. He had no desire to be seen as important or influential. His only concern was for the students. His criticisms were never malevolent but always constructive – and always well deserved…He was a man we all could admire. The term “courage of conviction” was obviously coined just for him.

“His mind was fecund with thoughts on how to improve the lot of student within our system. He lamented the lack of need-based aid. And, while a proud graduate of the University of Georgia, in the finest tradition, he was a powerful representative of all of our institutions.

“He was the quintessential Regent – hardworking, always prepared, above petty politics, and dedicated to students.”

Jenkins was a retired partner with the law firm of King & Spalding, where he served as co-chair of the firm’s Litigation Section. He served as chair of the Georgia Justice Project and as president of the Atlanta Chapter of the American Cancer Society and the Morgan County Foundation.

Jenkins also served on the Georgia Agricultural Exposition Authority, the Georgia Appellate Judicial Selection Commission, the Georgia Judicial Process Review Commission and the Georgia Joint Study Commission on Revenue Structure.

Jenkins earned his bachelor’s and law degrees from the University of Georgia, where he was chair of the Law School’s Board of Visitors and secretary of the University of Georgia Foundation. He is a Life Fellow of both the American Bar Foundation and the State Bar of Georgia.

Posted by Sonja Roberts on February 10, 2011
Published in: Board of Regents

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