UNG Foundation receives national award

The UNG Foundation received the John W. Nason Award for Board Service in February from the Association of Governing Board of Universities and Colleges for demonstrating innovation and exemplary leadership. The UNG Foundation was chosen unanimously because of “strong leadership in the face of significant challenges.”

The UNG Foundation’s Board of Trustees was one of only six boards selected for the award from nearly 50 applicants across the country. The selections were made by a panel of university presidents and board members led by former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen.

“The University of North Georgia’s board has shown that dedication to mission need not be incompatible with necessary transformation and structural reorganization,” Richard D. Legon, AGB president, said. “The board’s thoughtful but forward-thinking action as they merged a military school with a community college is a model for other institutions facing challenging times.”

The UNG Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising private philanthropic support to support the university’s mission and students. UNG President Bonita C. Jacobs praised the board for being the first among recently consolidated Georgia universities to merge the foundations of the two former institutions.

“This group of dedicated volunteers has demonstrated great leadership by uniting to support the university and its students,” Jacobs said. “With their support and commitment, we have increased annual fundraising for student scholarships by more than 500 percent since fiscal year 2012 and increased the value of the endowment to nearly $50 million.”