Awards and Scholarships

2018 Regents’ Hall of Fame Alumni and Friends Award Recipients

Mrs. Chantal and Mr. Tommy Bagwell, nominated by Kennesaw State University

Tommy and Chantal Bagwell’s contributions to Kennesaw State University continue to make a lasting impact. Mr. Bagwell currently serves as a trustee of the Kennesaw State University Foundation. The Tommy Bagwell Education Building was named in honor of their generous support to the Bagwell College of Education. The Bagwells’ significant contribution established the Bagwell Center for the Study of Markets and Economic Opportunity in the Coles College of Business.

Mrs. Ann and Mr. Thomas G. Cousins., nominated by University of Georgia

Tom and Ann Cousins are among the University of Georgia’s most loyal supporters, having generously invested in numerous programs, including four named endowments. Mr. Cousins’ contributions as the chair of the University of Georgia Foundation culminated in his recognition as an Emeritus Trustee. He is a founding member of the Presidents Club giving society.

Mr. William A. Crider, Jr., nominated by South Georgia State College

William Crider is an engaged alumnus and financial contributor to South Georgia State College. He and a fellow alumnus endowed scholarships to support students from Coffee County in Science, Engineering, Math and Technology (STEM) fields. He also made a leadership gift to renovate the baseball stadium, W.A. Crider Sr. Field, which was named for his father. William was awarded the South Georgia State College Foundation Alumnus of the Year Award in 2012.

Mrs. Carolyn Jernigan Glenn, nominated by Albany State University

Carolyn Jernigan Glenn has made a significant impact at Albany State University as the single largest individual donor in the university’s history. Carolyn led a Golden Anniversary campaign for her 1967 class, culminating in significant gifts for need-based scholarships. Ms. Glenn has also been a member of the Georgia Perimeter College Board of Trustees for more than 16 years.

2018 Felton Jenkins, Jr. Hall of Fame Faculty Award Recipients


Dr. Bagie George, Georgia Gwinnett College

Dr. Bagie George provides evidence-based and engaging opportunities for biology and anatomy students, including authentic experiential assignments and field trips. She serves the academic community through teaching and learning conferences and contributing to journals. Her passion shines as she mentors students. A student recently described her relationship with Dr. George as “life-saving.”

Dr. Betta Vice, Georgia College & State University

Dr. Betta Vice believes firmly in learning by doing. She uses role-playing games and peer-learning to assist secondary education students. She gives back by training teachers in the Bibb County School System and through a fund she established to support the purchase of textbooks for students who cannot afford them.

Dr. Jeffrey R. Young, Georgia State University

Dr. Jeffrey Young helps students develop critical-thinking skills through a learning experience in which history students use primary sources, develop story maps and produce capstone assignments. The process represents a radical shift in a discipline that traditionally relies heavily on lectures. Dr. Young enhanced the process with a digital textbook.


Dr. Audrey Haynes, University of Georgia

Dr. Audrey Haynes guides political science and government students through an evidence-based, experiential online course based on assignments, games and badges. She creates a learning community in which students learn together through shared, real-world assignments. Dr. Haynes personally connects with students, despite the online delivery of her courses.


Dr. Rebecca E. Burnett, Georgia Institute of Technology

Dr. Rebecca Burnett masterfully uses the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning to impact her own teaching and to introduce curricular changes in her department, which has garnered national recognition. She has contributed to national and international conversations on teaching and learning, including program development, mentorship, learning spaces, and digital pedagogy.

Dr. Jody Leigh Langdon, Georgia Southern University

Dr. Jody Langdon’s portfolio uniquely integrates Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) principles from both the scholar and leadership points of view. Her work is well-grounded in the learning sciences, and reaches both disciplinary and interdisciplinary audiences. Dr. Langdon exemplifies SoTL’s value in raising the quality of the entire student experience.

About the Felton Jenkins, Jr. Hall of Fame Faculty Award

Felton Jenkins

When Felton Jenkins passed away on January 1, 2011, he left a legacy of service to Georgia that will resonate for decades. A native of Madison, Georgia, he earned both his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Georgia and began a distinguished legal career with King & Spalding, which he helped mold into an international legal powerhouse.

Jenkins was appointed to the Board of Regents in 2006 and quickly earned a reputation for being extremely well-prepared for meetings, for an insightful mind and for asking tough but fair questions about the issues that came before the Board. Ever the graceful gentleman, he was widely known for treating people with respect.

Regent Jenkins was driven by a desire that every student in Georgia would have access to top-quality higher education. His focus was always on what was best for the students, and he understood keenly the connection between the success of the System’s students and the success of the state of Georgia. Education, he knew, was the key to all of life’s opportunities and possibilities.

In honor of his dedication to the mission of the University System of Georgia and his life of exemplary service to others, the trustees of the University System of Georgia Foundation have renamed the annual faculty award “The Felton Jenkins, Jr. Hall of Fame Faculty Award.”

Emily Followill and Alan Jenkins accept a gift to honor the memory of their father, Felton Jenkins, Jr., from Regent Dink NeSmith

Emily Followill, Alan Jenkins, Regent Dink NeSmith

2018 Elridge McMillan Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient

Mrs. Billye and Mr. Henry “Hank” Aaron

Henry “Hank” Aaron and his wife Billye Aaron are pillars in the Atlanta business and philanthropic communities having dedicated their lives to offering opportunities for young people.

Mr. Aaron solidified his place in American history with his record-breaking baseball career. After surpassing Babe Ruth to become baseball’s home run king in 1974, he was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982. Mrs. Aaron’s commitment to higher education opportunities for African Americans is evident through her service on the board of trustees for her alma mater, Texas College, and Morehouse College. Mrs. Aaron served the United Negro College Fund as vice president of the Southern region. She is a director emeritus of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.

Upon retiring, the Aarons founded the Hank Aaron Chasing the Dream Foundation in 1995, a philanthropic trust that provides funds to young people with limited financial resources. More than 20 years later, the Aarons’ foundation has awarded hundreds of scholarships to underprivileged youth across the U.S., enabling them assistance necessary to fulfill their dreams.

In honor of his outstanding service to the state of Georgia and his continued commitments to higher education, public service and leadership in this state and around the world, the 2018 recipient of The Elridge McMillan Lifetime Achievement Award is Billye and Henry “Hank” Aaron.

Elridge McMillan, the longest-serving member of the Board of Regents, was the inaugural recipient of the University System of Georgia Foundation Board of Trustees’ Lifetime Achievement Award. In recognition for Regent Emeritus McMillan’s long career serving higher education, the award was officially named The Elridge McMillan Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006. The award is given in recognition of extraordinary service to higher education in Georgia.