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UGA new faculty get a tour of the state

After a two-year hiatus, the University of Georgia New Faculty Tour returned this year with 26 new employees spending four days traveling across Georgia and learning about the state’s economic, geographic, social and cultural diversity. The tour passed through 13 cities… Full story

McDuffie County expands leadership pipeline with UGA support

Census data on Thomson-McDuffie County caught Elizabeth Brown’s attention. Fifty-nine percent of households in the community were run by single parents. “As a social worker, I know the importance of ensuring those children and parents have support to ensure positive… Full story

CCSD students build leadership, problem solving skills at UGA summer program

A UGA summer program is equipping Clarke County high school students to lead and look for innovative solutions to challenges they encounter. During InnovateU, around 20 Athens-Clarke County high school students were grouped into teams to develop new solutions for… Full story

Seven more Georgia organizations selected for UGA leadership initiative

Now in its third year, a University of Georgia leadership initiative will add seven more organizations from around the state that are strengthening their communities through new leadership development programming. Started in 2020 by the J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership… Full story

Charting a Brighter Future

Innovative UGA program gives rural communities the tools to prosper and thrive Walking around downtown Baxley, Georgia, Keri Orvin shares some of the community’s ideas for the mostly vacant storefronts: An outdoor café in a breezy alleyway, a welcome center… Full story

UGA names Thomson-McDuffie County the state’s first Connected Resilient Community

Thomson-McDuffie County, Ga., is the inaugural recipient of UGA’s Connected Resilient Community (CRC) designation, which recognizes Georgia communities that partner with university experts to increase economic development potential. McDuffie County has been a UGA Archway Partnership community since 2017 and, in… Full story

UGA leadership initiative helps communities expand leadership pipeline

            Applications due Friday, April 29 Since 2017, Appling LEADS has built a network of community leaders throughout the southeast Georgia county. After four years however, it felt like the program needed to take the next step, said Keri Crosby… Full story

UGA virtual community leadership development conference to explore emerging trends

The University of Georgia 2022 Community Leadership Conference will focus on developing leaders with the skills to respond to changes affecting the state. The virtual conference will take place on March 1 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Hosted by… Full story

UGA gets federal grant to help communities advance economic development

A grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will allow UGA Public Service and Outreach units to equip rural Georgia communities with the tools, resources and knowledge to chart a strategy for economic recovery and long-term resiliency. UGA Public Service… Full story

UGA program equips southeast Georgia women for leadership roles

A women’s leadership program developed by the University of Georgia is increasing civic engagement and leadership opportunities for women in southeast Georgia. Since 2015, nearly 80 women from in and around Statesboro have graduated from the Lynda Brannen Williamson Women’s… Full story

UGA program provides leadership, entrepreneurship training for CCSD students

Clarke Central High School student Kayleigh Sims wants to be a veterinarian and open her own practice. A University of Georgia program is helping her learn the leadership, entrepreneurship and problem-solving skills she will need to be a success. Sims,… Full story

UGA leadership development effort expanding across Georgia

A University of Georgia leadership initiative will partner with seven new organizations over the next year to develop leaders equipped to address critical issues in communities across Georgia. The J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development, a unit of UGA Public… Full story

UGA poised to assist nonprofits apply for COVID-19 relief funding

Nonprofit organizations in Georgia that have been hurt financially by the pandemic can reach out to the UGA J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development for assistance in applying for federal aid. The Economic Aid Act, a part of the overall… Full story

Georgia Blue Key recognizes UGA graduate student for commitment to public service

UGA graduate student Nipuna Ambanpola has engaged in public service since he was a child in Sri Lanka. In 2017, he created an online nonprofit organization to link volunteers around the world to projects in their local communities. Here in… Full story

UGA commits new leadership development program to support underserved populations across Georgia

A new University of Georgia leadership initiative is partnering with eight organizations across the state to build stronger communities by developing leaders within underserved populations. The J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development, a unit of UGA Public Service and Outreach,… Full story

Christina Allen-Wise wins PSO Employee Spotlight Award for work with Fanning Institute

Christina Allen-Wise, a program operations coordinator with the J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development, was surprised with the Public Service and Outreach Employee Spotlight Award on February 5 during the Community Leadership Conference luncheon. Allen-Wise, who helps coordinate the CLC… Full story

Walton County high school honored at Fanning Institute leadership conference

Walnut Grove High School in Loganville, Georgia, was honored by UGA with the 2020 Innovations in Community Leadership Award for its success in implementing a leadership curriculum that has led to higher graduation rates and greater student engagement. The award… Full story

Fanning Institute to host fifth annual leadership conference at UGA this week

A native of southeast Georgia, Lynda Brannen Williamson spent her life working to improve the Statesboro community as a civic leader, a legacy that continued after her passing with the creation of the Lynda Brannen Williamson Foundation in 2014, and… Full story