Friday, November 21, 2008
Dr. Tracy Stallings, former director of college relations, honorary lifetime member of the University of West Georgia Foundation, Inc. Board of Trustees and campus administrator for 35 years, died on Nov. 18 following a brief illness.
Dr. Beheruz N. Sethna, UWG president, noted, “Dr. Stallings was an alumnus of what was then West Georgia College, served the institution for decades in many capacities as a remarkable administrator, served Georgia as a State Representative, served the City as Mayor of Carrollton, and served our community as a leader in many, many ways. He was truly an icon and will be sorely missed.”
Stallings was associated with West Georgia since his undergraduate days in the early '50s. Below is a summary of his relationship with the institution:
• Graduated from West Georgia College in 1952 when it was a two-year institution and again in 1969 with a M.Ed. in Guidance and Counseling
• Served as Director of Public Relations from 1959-69
• Served as Dean of Student Affairs from 1969-73
• Served as Acting Director of Continuing Education from 1973-74
• Assistant Professor of Education from 1973-80
• Director of College Relations and acting assistant to vice president and dean of faculties from 1973-74
• Director of College Relations from 1975 until his retirement in 1995
Stallings was recognized by the UWG National Alumni Association with the Outstanding Alumni Award in 1981 and the Achievement Award in 1991-92. The institution awarded him its highest honor, the Founders Award, in 2001. He first served the University of West Georgia Foundation, Inc. as a member of the Board of Trustees in 1993 and became an Honorary Lifetime member of that Board in 1999.
The next issue of Perspective, the UWG alumni magazine, will contain an extensive feature on Stallings and his lifetime of service to UWG, the city of Carrollton and the state of Georgia.