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February 2011 Issue

The February Board Meeting Marked the First Meeting for Two New Regents

The first meeting of the year, due to January’s meeting cancellation, for the board of regents was held February 8-9. This also marked the first meeting for the two newest regents, Philip Wilheit and Rutledge Griffin.

Rutledge (Rusty) Griffin Jr.

On December 30, 2010, Governor Sonny Perdue announced via executive order, the appointment of Rutledge Griffin of Valdosta as the board of regents representative from the first congressional district of Georgia.

Rutledge Griffin Jr. is the former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Griffin L.L.C. of Valdosta, GA., a manufacturer of crop protection & specialty chemicals founded in 1935. After the death of his father, Griffin became President and CEO (at age 26) of the family owned business. Griffin Corporation partnered in joint venture with Dupont in 1998 eventually selling its interest in the joint venture to Dupont in 2003.

Griffin serves as a co-chair on the capital campaign for the Boys and Girls Club of Valdosta and has served on the Georgia Ports Authority, Emeritus Trustee of the University of Georgia, and is past chairman of the South Georgia Fellowship of Christian Athletics.

Born and raised in Valdosta, Griffin attended Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton, Georgia, and received a B.S. degree from the University of Georgia with a major in Agriculture and a minor in Business in 1966. He and his wife, Barbara, have three children and eight grandchildren.

Griffin term as a member of the board of regents began January 1, 2011 and ends December 31, 2017.

Philip A. Wilheit, Sr.

After the death of Regent Felton Jenkins, Governor Nathan Deal announced on January 18, 2011 via executive order the appointment of Philip Wilheit as at-large regent fulfilling the remaining term of Jenkins, which ends December 31, 2012.

Wilheit is the president of Wilheit Packaging and Marketing Images.

Regent Wilheit serves on the Georgia Department of Economic Development Commission. He is a member of Georgia. Chamber Transportation Commission and the Georgia Chamber Advisory Committee on School Board Governance.

In addition to his service on the State Board of Education from 1996-1999, Wilheit served for more than 40 years on the board of the Greater Hall County Chamber of Commerce with one year as chairman and more than 20 years on the Georgia Chamber of Commerce with one year as chairman. He also served as treasurer for Congressman Nathan Deal for 28 years and served as the Statewide Chairman of the Deal for Governor campaign.

Regent Wilheit received a B.A. in English from the University of the South-“Sewanee” in 1966. He and his wife Mary Hart have two adult children and three grandchildren.

Posted by Sonja Roberts on February 09, 2011
Published in: Board of Regents

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