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Wilheit Named Vice Chair of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia

Atlanta — November 13, 2012

The Board of Regents, the 18-member governing body for the University System of Georgia, today elected Regent Philip A. Wilheit Sr., to a one-year term as the Board’s Vice Chair.

“I look forward to working with chair-elect NeSmith as we guide the Board in achieving its goals and creating a more educated Georgia,” says Wilheit.

Wilheit is the president of Wilheit Packaging and Marketing Images. He received a B.A. in English from the University of the South-“Sewanee” in 1966.

Wilheit has most recently served on the Georgia Department of Economic Development Commission and the Commission for a New Georgia. He was 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, also serving as its chair for one year.

Wilheit also chaired Gov. Nathan Deal’s campaign for governor and served as treasurer for his campaigns for 28 years. He also served on former Gov. Sonny Perdue’s Economic Development Commission and water task force.

During 2012, Wilheit served as the Board’s chair of the finance and business operations committee and chair of its Shared Services Center.

He and his wife, Mary Hart, have two adult children and three grandchildren.

Regent Doreen Poitevint chaired the committee that developed nominations for board officers for the coming year. Committee members were Regents Neil Pruitt and Larry Walker.

The board also elected Regent Dink NeSmith for a one-year term as chair.

The University System of Georgia is comprised of 35 public colleges and universities, Skidaway Institute of Oceanography and the Georgia Public Library Service; enrolling almost 315,000 students.

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