Sethna Honored with Thomas S. Upchurch Workforce Education Award

Thursday, January 24, 2013

UWG President Beheruz N. Sethna received the Thomas S. Upchurch Workforce Education Award at the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce's annual banquet. This marks only the second time the Carroll Chamber Workforce Education Committee has given the award.

“He is most deserving of this award,” said Donna Armstrong Lackey, vice president for business development and community relations for Carroll Tomorrow and UWG 2013 A Day Campaign Chairperson. “President Sethna has had an immeasurable impact not only on our young people but also on creating a viable workforce that we can promote. Whenever we need his input – such as on the AirTran Call Center development or other industrial projects – all we have to do is call.”

The Thomas S. Upchurch Workforce Education Award is dedicated to one of Carroll County’s and Georgia’s most revered educators. Dr. Upchurch served as the Carroll County School Superintendent from 1981 to 1994. He then joined the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education as President, serving from 1994 – 2002, and currently serves as President Emeritus.

Nominees for the Thomas S. Upchurch Workforce Education Award were solicited by the Carroll Chamber Workforce Education Committee in November. According to the Carroll Chamber’s website: the nominee must demonstrate generous commitment to improving workforce competitiveness in Carroll County; furthering the pursuit of educational excellence in their business and/or personal activities; and, encouraging and/or supporting other organizations to undertake workforce education improvement efforts.

President Sethna is also professor of business administration and has taught undergraduate students since coming to UWG in 1994. Under his leadership, the school evolved from a college to a doctoral granting university with the highest level of accreditation granted by SACS. He also established the Advanced Academy of Georgia, an early entrance to college program for high ability high school-aged students, as well as the state’s first and only Honors College. Just recently, he was recognized by the University System of Georgia as the Chancellor’s Customer Service President and Institution of the Year.

“I accepted this award in all humility – all the accomplishments of the past 19 years are shared ones thanks to faculty, staff, administrators, students, alumni, and community leaders and supporters,” said Dr. Beheruz N. Sethna, president of UWG. “I also thank my parents, now deceased, for their giving me the vision and support for higher education in spite of serious fiscal constraints, and Madhavi and my children, Anita and Shaun for their wonderful support and help.”