Sethna Remains Most Influential

Friday, January 7, 2011

Georgia Trend has again named University of West Georgia President Dr. Beheruz N. Sethna to its annual list of 100 Most Influential Georgians.

A consistent presence on the list, Dr. Sethna joins top business, political and cultural leaders in Georgia.

This is Dr. Sethna’s 17th year as president of UWG and Georgia Trend noted the school’s growth since his arrival.

“Under Sethna’s guidance West Georgia has increased enrollment by 50 percent, acquired national accreditation and university status, grown its endowment to about 700 percent of its 1994 level and launched the state’s first advanced academy for exceptionally gifted high school students,” the magazine wrote.

This is the 13th year of Georgia’s “Power List.” Dr. Sethna was also named to it in 2003, 2006, 2009 and 2010.

Bill Bolling, executive director and founder of the Atlanta Community Food Bank, was also named to the list. Bolling received his M.A. in psychology from West Georgia in 1976.

The magazine said Bolling’s work “has resulted in more than 2,500 nonprofit agencies distributing food. He tirelessly advocates for the issues of affordable housing, homelessness and poverty.”