Board of Regents

Overseeing the University System of Georgia

Members of the Board

W. Allen Gudenrath

W. Allen Gudenrath

W. Allen Gudenrath is a senior vice president with Morgan Stanley’s Wealth Management Division where his son joins him in their practice. Gudenrath joined this firm 32 years ago when it was the original Robinson Humphrey Company. During this time, he was a participant in Smith Barney’s Chairman Counsel and served on the Chicago Option Exchange Advisor Counsel.

Allen’s educational background includes a BBA from the University of Georgia, an AA degree from Reinhardt College and a College Preparatory degree from Notre Dame High School. Current and past outside business interest have included the Georgia Department of Economic Development – appointed Board of Director in 2012. Steering Committee Member on Governor Deal’s Georgia Competitive Initiative, Founding Board Member of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation, Georgia Forestry Foundation – trustee, Leadership Georgia – co-recipient of the Frederick B. Kerr service award, J.W. Fanning Fellowship Designee and Reinhardt College Alumni Board of Governors. Allen is active in various local charitable organizations and an active member in the Macon Civic Club and Gridiron Secret Society.

He and his wife, Lynda, reside in Macon, have three children and four fabulous grandchildren. They are members of Vineville Methodist Church.

Correspondence Address
Morgan Stanley Wealth Management
5444 Riverside Dr., 2nd fl
Macon , GA 31210

District:  Eighth
Term:  1/1/18 – 1/1/25
Tel.:  478-471-2271

Erin Hames

Erin Hames

Erin Hames is the Headmaster at Heritage Preparatory School, a classical Christian school in Atlanta, GA. She previously served as the President of ReformEd, a law and consulting firm focused on improving educational opportunities and outcomes for children and students. Prior to launching ReformEd, Erin served as Governor Nathan Deal’s Deputy Chief of Staff and, prior to that, as Governor Sonny Perdue’s Policy Director and Chief of Staff at the Georgia Department of Education. Erin started her career as a public school classroom teacher where she was named as her school’s First Year Teacher of the Year. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia College of Education and a law degree from Georgia State University College of Law. She also earned a Women’s Certificate from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Erin is a member of the State Bar of Georgia. She received the 2016 Professional Achievement Award from the University of Georgia’s College of Education, was a member of the 2013 40 Under 40 Class by the University of Georgia’s Alumni Association and was selected as a 2010 Henry Toll Fellow by the Council of State Governments. She and her husband, Ben, natives of Clarksville, Georgia, live in Atlanta with their two young children, Isaac and Rachel.

Correspondence Address
1700 Piedmont Avenue N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30324

District:  At Large
Term:  1/1/18 – 1/1/23
Tel.:  404-236-9135

Samuel D. Holmes

Samuel D. Holmes

Holmes is vice chairman of the world’s largest commercial real estate services firm, CBRE, Inc. His focus is representing businesses with strategic planning and transaction services. He has successfully negotiated over 90 million square feet of sales and leases with an aggregate value of more than $15 billion.

Holmes is a native of Monticello and attended boarding high school at Baylor School. He is a graduate of the University of Georgia (‘87 BBA in Finance). He is on the board of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, Atlanta Speech School and Baylor School. He is the former chairman of both the University of Georgia Foundation and the University of Georgia Real Estate Foundation.

Holmes was appointed by Governor Kemp to the Georgians First Commission, a task force created to make Georgia the most attractive state for small business.

Holmes and his wife Lara (‘88 UGA BBA and ‘90 Georgia State MBA) have three children, two who have graduated from the University of Georgia. His family is very involved at Northside United Methodist Church in Atlanta.

Correspondence Address
3550 Lenox Road, NE
Suite 2300
Atlanta, GA 30326

District:  At-Large
Term:  7/16/19 - 1/1/26
Tel.:  404-504-7900

Bárbara Rivera Holmes

Bárbara Rivera Holmes

Bárbara Rivera Holmes is president and CEO of the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce, a business advocacy organization established in 1909 and whose focus is to create the conditions for economic growth and opportunity.

The Albany Area Chamber has eight core divisions that support the membership the community and a growing business environment: small business; economic development; tourism; military affairs; governmental affairs; education and work force development; leadership development; and membership. The Albany Area Chamber manages the Albany Convention & Visitors Bureau, which supports tourism-related economic development.

Holmes was previously vice president of the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission, where she oversaw the development of the agency’s brand, its marketing campaigns and developed its successful business retention and expansion program, which facilitates existing industry job creation and capital investment in Albany-Dougherty County.

Holmes helped organize the Albany-Dougherty Industry Roundtable, a CEO-level forum of the area’s largest employers. The roundtable is a partnership of the Albany Area Chamber and the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission.

Holmes is a former journalist whose work has earned four awards for excellence in journalism from the Georgia Associated Press. She is a graduate of the 2014 class of Leadership Georgia; the 2009-10 class of Leadership Albany; and in 2008 was recognized as one of Southwest Georgia’s “40 Under 40.” She is also graduate of the Georgia Academy for Economic Development.

Holmes is passionate about the Albany community and about effecting positive change, which is reflected in her professional and personal pursuits.

Holmes, who is bilingual, is a native of San Juan, Puerto Rico. She graduated from Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Fla., with degrees in journalism and in Spanish. She continued her studies at Estudio Sampere Internacional, in Madrid and Alicante, Spain.

Holmes serves on the boards of Leadership Georgia, the Georgia Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives, and the Commodore Conyers College and Career Academy.

Holmes and her husband, David, and their daughter, Alejandra, live in Albany and attend St. Teresa’s Catholic Church.

Correspondence Address
Albany Area Chamber of Commerce Albany Convention & Visitors Bureau
225 West Broad Avenue
Albany, GA 31701

District:  Second
Term:  1/1/18 – 1/1/25
Tel.:  229-434-8700

C. Thomas Hopkins, Jr., MD

C. Thomas Hopkins, Jr., MD

Dr. Hopkins is board certified in orthopaedic surgery and orthpaedic sports medicine, engaged in private practice in Griffin as a partner of OrthoGeorgia. He served in the United States Air Force as a fighter squadron flight surgeon and orthopaedic surgeon. He is past president of the Griffin Rotary Club, Georgia Orthopaedic Society, and medical staff of Spalding Regional Hospital. Dr. Hopkins serves on the board of United Bank Corporation, United Bank of Griffin, Augusta University (MCG) Health System, and MAG Mutual Insurance Company. He was appointed to the Board of Regents by Governor Sonny Perdue in 2010 and reappointed by Governor Nathan Deal in 2018. He served as chairman of the board in 2017.

He has served on the boards of the Medical Association of Georgia, Georgia Health Strategies Council, Governor’s Physician Partnership, Southern Crescent Technical College, Salvation Army and First Methodist Church of Griffin.

He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and Arthroscopy Association of North America. Hopkins earned a bachelor’s degree from Valdosta State University, attended the University of Georgia, completed his medical degree and residency at Emory University and is a member of Kappa Alpha Order and the Gridiron Secret Society.

He and his wife, Sara Lucas Hopkins, have two children, Charles Thomas Hopkins III, DMD and Paige Hopkins Parker, DPT.

Correspondence Address
C. Thomas Hopkins, M.D.
717 South 8th St.
Griffin, GA 30224

District:  Third
Term:  1/1/18 – 1/1/24
Tel.:  770-227-4600

James M. Hull

James M. Hull

Jim Hull is the founder and managing principal of Hull Property Group. He has led the acquisition, development and redevelopment of over 70 big-box retail, neighborhood and regional shopping centers including 30 enclosed regional malls, which comprise the Company’s 15 million plus square feet of owned retail portfolio.

Jim is a lifelong resident of Augusta, Georgia. He serves on the boards of the Medical College of Georgia Foundation, Augusta University Health System, State of Georgia’s REACH Scholarship Program, the Georgia Research Alliance, the Community Foundation of the CSRA, America’s Warrior Partnership and is past Chair of the University System of Georgia Foundation. Jim endowed the Hull Scholars Program at Augusta University, Paine College and Vanderbilt University.

He is a long-standing member of the United Way’s Alexis de Tocqueville Society and has been honored with the United Way’s Founders Award. Jim received the President’s Award from Augusta University, the Liberty Bell Award from the Augusta Bar Association and the Philanthropist of the Year Award from the Society of Fundraising Professionals. He is a Rotary Club Paul Harris Fellow, past president of the Augusta Assembly, and has been inducted in Junior Achievement’s Business Hall of Fame and Beta Gamma Sigma’s Honor Society. Jim is a recipient of an honorary doctor of humane letters degree from Augusta University.

Correspondence Address
Hull Property Group, LLC
P.O. Box 204227
Augusta, GA 30917

District:  At-Large
Term:  1/8/16 - 1/1/23
Tel.:  706-863-2222

Cade Joiner

Cade Joiner (Vice Chair)

One year after earning a BBA in Marketing from the University of Georgia in 2001, Cade Joiner founded Shred-X Secure Document Destruction. Shred-X is one of the largest independent shredding companies in the Southeast and was named as one of the 100 fastest growing businesses in Georgia.

Joiner is the Chairman of the National Federation of Independent Business of Georgia, an organization with 8,000 member businesses across the state. He serves as a board member for the UGA Entrepreneurship Program, Georgia Chamber of Commerce, and Georgia Workforce Development Board, and he also advises the boards of several start-ups. The University of Georgia recently named him as one of its forty most distinguished graduates under the age of forty.

In 2018, Joiner served on the Finance Committee for Governor Brian Kemp and was also on the Executive Committee of the Kemp Inaugural. In early 2019, he was named the Co-Chairman of the Georgians First Commission. He regularly appears in the media discussing business issues and has been featured on Fox News, CNN, and in the Wall Street Journal.

Joiner and his wife, Katie, and sons live in Brookhaven. In his free time, he enjoys traveling and watching college football and basketball. Joiner will serve as an at-large member of the Board of Regents.

Correspondence Address
3522 Ashford Dunwoody Road
Brookhaven, GA 30319-2002

District:  At-Large
Term:  1/3/2020 - 1/1/2027
Tel.:   404-585-0792

C. Everett Kennedy, III

C. Everett Kennedy, III

Everett Kennedy is Chief Executive Officer and Broker of Berkshire Hathaway Kennedy Realty in Statesboro where, for thirty-seven years, he has specialized in residential and commercial sales and development.

Everett, a lifetime resident of Bulloch County, is a 1987 graduate of Georgia Southern University with a BBA in Finance. He is passionate about Georgia Southern athletics and committed to the education of the regional workforce.

He is a past and current President of the Statesboro Board of Realtors where he was named Realtor of the Year three times in his career. He served two terms on the Board of Governors for the Georgia Association of Realtors, and he is active in the community. Kennedy serves on the board of directors of the Statesboro Bulloch Chamber of Commerce, is a Rotary Paul Harris

Fellow and Charter Member of the Rotary Club of Downtown Statesboro, and serves on the Bulloch First Bank Advisory Board and Bulloch Academy Board of Directors. Kennedy is also active in the Sigma Chi Alumni Chapter. He was named to the “40 Under 40” class in 2005 by The Business Report & Journal. Everett and his wife, Staci, have three children: Greyson, Harrison, and Alexandra. They are active members of the Statesboro First United Methodist Church. Kennedy will represent the 12th Congressional District on the Board of Regents.

Correspondence Address
Berkshire Hathaway Kennedy Realty
1000 Bermuda Run Road
Statesboro, GA 30458

District:  Twelfth
Term:  1/3/2020 - 1/1/2027
Tel.:  912-764-1122

Rachel B. Little

Rachel B. Little

Rachel Little has worked in the legal profession in Atlanta for over 22 years. She currently serves as a Senior Paralegal in the Animal Health division of the global pharmaceutical company Boehringer Ingelheim specializing in U.S. and International Corporate Governance, Mergers and Acquisitions and Strategic Real Estate and Development.

Rachel is a graduate of the prestigious Leadership Gwinnett program and currently serves on the Citizens Advisory Board for Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful. She was appointed by Governor Nathan Deal to the Board of Directors of the Georgia Department of Driver Services and the Immigration Enforcement Review Board where she served as its Vice Chair.

An Atlanta native, Little attended Parkview High School in Gwinnett County and earned a B.A. in Political Science from Georgia State University. Rachel and her husband Bill live in Loganville with their two dogs Cooper and Riley.

Correspondence Address
3945 Beaver Road
Loganville, GA 30052

District:  Fourth
Term:  11/22/19 - 1/1/26
Tel.:  404-771-2243

Lowery Houston May

Lowery Houston May

Lowery Houston May grew up in rural Georgia in the small town of Nashville and received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia.

Lowery is a 2014 graduate of Leadership Georgia and received the organization’s Cora Lee Fanning Award that year. She served as a program chair for Leadership Georgia in 2015, and she continues in an active role with the organization. Lowery serves on the Georgia Student Finance Commission, which helps students access higher education by providing financial aid options and programs to make college more affordable. She also serves on the Rome-Floyd County Land Bank Authority, which works to acquire, manage, maintain, and facilitate the redevelopment of underutilized, vacant, blighted, and tax-delinquent properties.

Lowery is an active member of the Young Life Rome-Floyd County committee and a long-time board member of Open Door Children’s Home, a local group foster home in Rome. She serves on the Linda Brannen Williamson Foundation Rome Advisory Committee, a leadership development program for women founded in Statesboro in 2015.

Lowery previously worked in the insurance and staffing industries, and she currently assists with a family land management enterprise. She lives in Rome with her husband, Charlie, and their two children, Cappie and Charlie III. Their family attends Seven Hills Fellowship church. May will represent the 14th Congressional District on the Board of Regents.

Correspondence Address
3 Central Plaza, Number 333
Rome, GA 30161

District:  Fourteenth
Term:  1/3/2020 - 1/1/2027
Tel.:  706-622-0260

Jose R. Perez

Jose R. Perez

Jose R. Perez represents Georgia’s 7th Congressional District. He lives in the City of Peachtree Corners in Gwinnett County and has been a resident for 35 years.

Mr. Perez is a familiar face to Education. He served on the Board of Education representing the 7th Congressional District from 2004 to 2011, and represented Georgia on the board of the National Association of State Boards of Education. Currently Mr. Perez is a Commissioner in the State Charter School Commission.

Mr. Perez is the Retired President of Target Market Trends, Inc. (TMT), a business consulting firm he founded in 2002. TMT helps clients develop strategies to target their markets and increase revenue. Mr. Perez also spent 25 years and retired from BellSouth working in various management capacities as well as an International Consultant with Gartner, Inc.

Mr. Perez is an American born in Cuba. His parents sent him to live with his grandparents in Key West, Florida at the age of 12 to escape Castro’s regime. He lived in Florida, South Carolina, Texas, and New Jersey, before settling in Peachtree Corners, GA in 1983. He is married to Yolanda; and they are parents to Anabel, David, and Daniel. All are products of the Gwinnett County Public Schools and UGA. Yolanda also retired from AT&T, where they met. Ana, a past executive director with Turner, is married to Jason, mother to Jack, and lives in Manhattan. David, COO of the Carroll Organization, married to Brooke, is father to Dylan, Vivian, Gwyneth and Evelyn lives in Sandy Springs. Daniel is a Product Development Merchant with Home Depot lives in Sandy Springs, and has earned his MBA from the Terry College, UGA.

Mr. Perez has an M.A. in Economics from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida, and strongly believes that preparation and determination are the keys to success.


  • Commissioner - Georgia Literacy Commission (GLC)
  • Board Member of REACH Georgia: Chair of Finance Committee
  • Commissioner - State Charter School Commission (SCSC of Georgia)
  • Charter Member Georgia Gwinnett College Board of Trustees (GGC)
  • Adjunct professor of economics at GGC (10 Years)
  • Charter Member of The Marti Historical Society - Treasurer
  • Member Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) Foundation Board
  • Past Member GA Board of Ed.7th District – (7 years) Represented GA on National Board of Directors NASBE
  • Past Gwinnett County Planning Commissioner (6 years)
  • Past Member of Board of Directors for the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce (2 terms)
  • Past Member of GCPS Superintendent’s Council of Community Advisors
  • Past Member of the Bureau of Census Advisory Committee (6 years)
  • Past Member of Georgia Chamber
  • Past Member of SCORE, SBA volunteer advisory arm

Correspondence Address
Target Market Trends
4321 Doerun Court
Peachtree Corners, GA 30092

District:  Seventh
Term:  7/16/19 - 1/1/26
Tel.:  770-447-6019

Neil L. Pruitt, Jr.

Neil L. Pruitt, Jr.

Neil L. Pruitt, Jr. is chairman and CEO of PruittHealth, Inc., an integrated health care company offering independent and assisted living, skilled nursing services, rehabilitation services, home health and hospice care as well as pharmacy services, community-based services, medical supplies and care management. Pruitt served as chair of the Board of Governors of the American Health Care Association and chair of the Georgia Health Care Association.

As shown by his February 2013, Congressional appointment to the Commission for Long Term Care – a 15-member panel charged with developing plans for a comprehensive, coordinated and high-quality system ensuring long-term care for older adults and people with disabilities, Pruitt has become a recognized leader in the health care profession. Pruitt served as chair of the Board of Trustees of the University System of Georgia Foundation, Inc. and currently serves as a Board Member for the Georgia Regents Health System.

He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from the University of the South in Tennessee and was awarded a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Health Administration from Georgia State University. He is an active member of the Peachtree Presbyterian Church in Atlanta.

He and his wife, Mebane, have three children.

Correspondence Address
1626 Jergens Court
Norcross, GA 30093

District:  Eleventh
Term:  2/10/17 - 1/1/24
Tel.:  770-806-6893

Sarah-Elizabeth Langford Reed

Sarah-Elizabeth Langford Reed

Sarah-Elizabeth Langford Reed is President of Five Points Development, which builds market rate and affordable housing. She specializes in affordable housing and commercial construction projects, including business strategy and operations for companies doing government and commercial construction and facilities work.

A former First Lady of the city of Atlanta, Langford Reed is passionate about community and service. She has worked on initiatives that include partnering with Google Fiber to provide low income families with technology and high-speed internet services. She also helped open a technology center and computer lab with the WNBA in partnership with the YWCA and supported the grand opening of technology incubator Tech Square Labs and the Vine City At-Promise Youth Center.

Langford Reed is an Atlanta native and Pace Academy graduate. She was an NCAA Academic-All American gymnast at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich., she received a B.A. in French. She went on to receive her J.D. from Howard University School of Law. While in law school, Langford Reed worked for U.S. Congressman John Lewis and later worked for the D.C. Office of the General Counsel.

She has devoted much of her time to bringing greater awareness to the importance of early childhood education. She serves on the boards of the Atlanta Children’s Museum, the Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students (GEEARS), the Motherless Daughters Foundation and the nonprofit BIH.

Correspondence Address
2795 Peachtree Road
Unit #1401
Atlanta, GA 30305

District:  Fifth
Term:  2/10/17 – 1/1/24
Tel.:  404-962-3255

Harold Reynolds

Harold Reynolds

Harold Reynolds is the Chief Executive Officer of privately held BankSouth Holding Company headquartered in Greene County, Georgia. The company owns and operates BankSouth, BankSouth Mortgage headquartered in Atlanta, Coldwell Banker Lake Oconee Realty, and other subsidiaries. He is a graduate of Georgia Tech where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Industrial Systems Engineering and has been inducted into the Council of Outstanding Young Engineering Alumni.

During the early 1980s, Reynolds was among the first developers of property near the newly impounded Lake Oconee. He was also General Manager of Greensboro Lumber Company, a local, innovative manufacturer of pine and hardwood timber products. The company operated a steam-powered electrical generating plant that was entirely fueled by waste and byproducts of milling and logging operations. The facility was one of the first in Georgia to export excess generation capacity to the electrical grid.

In 1987 through 1992, Reynolds was a founding partner, the President, and the Chief Operating Officer of Linger Longer Development Company. The company was the owner, developer, and operator of Reynolds Plantation, now known as Reynolds Lake Oconee. Reynolds served on Savannah-based Coastal Bankshares Board of Directors. He was a founder and director of Specialty Surgery Center Partners.

Governor Zell Miller appointed Reynolds to the State Board of Technical and Adult Education, now known as the Technical College System of Georgia. He served for ten years as the chairperson of the capital outlays committee and a two-year term as board chairman during the thirteen years that he was a board member. Reynolds and his wife, Lesley, reside on Lake Oconee. They have a daughter attending the University of Alabama and a son attending Southern Methodist University. The family is a member of Lakeside Church. Reynolds will represent the 10th Congressional District on the Board of Regents.

Correspondence Address
6340 Lake Oconee Pkwy.
Greensboro, GA 30642

District:  Tenth
Term:  1/3/2020 - 1/1/2027
Tel.:  706-454-5212

Sachin Shailendra

Sachin Shailendra (Chair)

As President of SG Contracting, Inc., Sachin has responsibility for the company in its entirety, governing its activities and providing the direction to smoothly and efficiently match people and projects to deliver successful outcomes.

Sachin is known for his integrity, honesty and commitment to client satisfaction. His extensive portfolio of construction experience and his ability to solve problems and effectively communicate plans and processes at all levels, make him a valuable leader to assist owners, subcontractors, architects and designers with new projects and renovation projects alike.

Sachin is a graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology and an alumnus of Woodward Academy, where he has also served as a former President of the Alumni Association and Member of the school’s Advisory Council. He is a current Member of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia. He is a Board Member of both the Georgia REACH Foundation and the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta’s Sports Network. Sachin is also a Member of the Rotary Club of Atlanta and a Member of the Atlanta Police Foundation.

Correspondence Address
SG Contracting, Inc.
1760 Peachtree Street NW, Suite 100
Atlanta, GA 30309

District:  Thirteenth
Term:  1/1/21 - 1/1/2028
Tel.:  404-591-6705

T. Dallas Smith

T. Dallas Smith

T. Dallas Smith is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer at T. Dallas Smith & Company. He leads all new business development initiatives. His role includes overseeing all brokerage affairs related to the company and providing chief liaison services to key clients.

Dallas began his commercial real estate career in 1982 at Atlanta Air Center Realty under the guidance of Thomas W. Tift as leasing and management representative for the portfolio. In 1989, he became the first African-American broker at Cushman & Wakefield of Georgia. His affiliation with the company opened doors for many minority brokers.

In 1995, he pioneered the brokerage division for H.J. Russell & Company, an African-American owned construction and management firm, where he served as Vice President of the Brokerage Division. Dallas led the company initiative of acquiring forty parcels of real estate, a full city block in the intercity of Atlanta resulting in a mixture of office, retail, and multifamily developments now valued at over $20 million. In 2006, with the blessing of the late Herman Russell, Dallas opened T. Dallas Smith & Company, specializing in tenant representation. T. Dallas Smith & Company has led projects across the country with metrics exceeding more than seven million square feet of commercial property leasing and acquisitions and five thousand acres of land purchases. Since its inception, the team has grown exponentially, successfully leading transactions totaling over $15 billion in aggregate value.

Dallas, a Georgia State University alumnus, is the Chair of the Real Estate Committee at his alma mater. He also serves on the boards of the Council for Quality Growth and Atlanta Commercial Board of REALTORS. He has been awarded numerous honors including Atlanta Most Admired CEO in 2017, Atlanta Commercial Board of REALTORS’ Realtor of the Year in 2018, and Empire Board of Realists Broker of the Year in 2018. T. Dallas Smith will serve as an at-large member of the Board of Regents.

Correspondence Address
101 Marietta Street NW
Suite 2350
Atlanta, GA 30303

District:  At-Large
Term:  1/3/2020 - 1/1/2027
Tel.:  404-525-8212

Kessel D. Stelling, Jr.

Kessel D. Stelling, Jr.

Kessel D. Stelling, Jr. is Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of Synovus, a financial services company based in Columbus with approximately $55 billion in assets. Regent Stelling’s banking career began in his hometown of Augusta and later included service with two community banks in Cobb County. Following a brief sabbatical from banking, when he served as interim CEO of the Cobb County Chamber of Commerce, Regent Stelling and an investor group acquired a controlling interest in Riverside Bank, growing it into one of metro Atlanta’s largest community banks.

Regent Stelling joined Synovus in March 2006 when the company purchased Riverside and merged it with Bank of North Georgia. He was named President and Chief Operating Officer of Synovus in February 2010, acting Chief Executive Officer in June 2010, and President and Chief Executive Officer in October 2010. He became Chairman of the Board in January 2012 and Executive Chairman following his retirement as CEO in April 2021. Under Regent Stelling’s leadership, Synovus navigated the financial crisis, consolidated 30 bank charters into one, returned to sustained profitability, and led a historic transition from 26 separately-branded divisions to the Synovus brand name.

Regent Stelling was appointed to the Board of Regents in February 2008 to represent Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District and served as Chairman in 2016. He serves on the boards of directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, Georgia Power, Georgia Chamber of Commerce, Georgia Historical Society, and The Bank Policy Institute.

Regent Stelling earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in banking and finance from the University of Georgia and completed the Graduate School of Banking of the South at Louisiana State University. He has also been awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Business Administration from the University of South Carolina.

He and his wife, Carol, have two sons and five grandchildren.

Correspondence Address
Synovus Financial Corp.
1111 Bay Avenue
Columbus, GA 31902

District:  Sixth
Term:  1/9/15 - 1/1/22
Tel.:  706-649-2924

Don L. Waters

Don L. Waters

Appointed by Governor Nathan Deal in 2013, Don L. Waters is the CEO of Waters Capital Partners, LLC, an investment company and family office. From 1993 through 2016, he was the chairman, president and chief executive officer of Brasseler USA, Inc., an international manufacturer of dental and medical surgical instrumentation.

Prior to that he practiced both as a Certified Public Accountant, as a partner with Price Waterhouse & Co., and as an attorney with HunterMaclean. A native of Savannah, Waters currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Chatham County Hospital Authority, the Board of Trustees of the Augusta University Health System, and on the Board of Curators of the Georgia Historical Society. In 2013, Waters was inducted into the Savannah Business Hall of Fame, and in 2017 he was the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award given by the Savannah Branch of the NAACP. In 2018, he was the recipient of the Distinguished Service Scroll from the University of Georgia School of Law, his alma mater.

Waters graduated from Armstrong State College with a BBA in Accounting and the University of Georgia School of Law with a JD.

His family endowed the Waters College of Health Professions at Armstrong State University, now part of Georgia Southern University. He and his wife Cindy have two daughters, four grandsons, and are members of the Isle of Hope United Methodist Church.

Correspondence Address
Waters Capital Partners, LLC
200 E. St. Julian St., Suite 100
Savannah, GA 31401

District:  First
Term:  1/1/18 - 1/1/25
Tel.:  912-480-4500
Fax:  912-480-9600

Philip A. Wilheit, Sr.

Philip A. Wilheit, Sr.

Appointed by Governor Nathan Deal in January 2011, Philip A. Wilheit, Sr., is the president of Wilheit Packaging and Marketing Images. Regent Wilheit serves on the Georgia Department of Economic Development Commission, the Commission for a New Georgia and the Georgia Historical Society.

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.

Correspondence Address
Wilheit Packaging
P.O. Box 111
Gainesville, GA 30503

District:  Ninth
Term:  1/9/15 - 1/1/22
Tel.:  770-532-4421

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