Local Business Owner Shows Importance of Giving Back to UWG

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

L. Mark Camp, president and CEO of Advantage Office Solutions, one of the fastest growing office products dealers in Georgia, has contributed to the Richards College of Business Visionary Endowment and the School of Nursing at the University of West Georgia. Camp, a member of the Richards College of Business Advisory Board, has been providing office furniture for all types of commercial settings for 29 years.

“We’re very fortunate to be considered business partners with the University of West Georgia,” said Camp. “When you’re a business partner, you don’t want to just take, you want to give back as well. There are a lot of great things that have happened at this school, and I can be a part of it with these contributions.”

Camp, a local businessman, talks about the importance of contributing to the community by supporting the university even if you are not alumni.

“If we want to hire quality employees and sustain business in the future, we need students who have been trained and we need nurses who know what they’re doing,” he said. “It’s good for the University of West Georgia and all the businesses in the West Georgia region. I think as business people, we need to support these efforts.”

UWG’s new School of Nursing building is equipped with furniture provided by Camp and Advantage Office Solutions, and he also contributed to the School of Nursing through the naming of a student lounge in the new building.

“Mark is a wonderful partner in providing quality learning spaces in the new School of Nursing building,” said Dr. Kathryn M. Grams, dean of the School of Nursing. “This work will allow us to educate more students and continue to provide high quality education that will be increasingly innovative.”

Camp’s goal is to find different ways that students can use spaces to learn and then create environments to meet those needs.

“It’s just furniture, but it can make a big difference,” said Camp. “To me, things should look good but if they’re not functional, then it’s just a waste. I think being able to work in your space and getting the most out of it helps students tremendously.”

Camp has worked with and been business partners with UWG for quite some time and dedicates a lot to the university. “I am so pleased and appreciative that Mark has stepped forward to make this very generous donation,” said Dr. Faye S. McIntyre, dean of the Richards College of Business and Sewell Chair of Private Enterprise. “It will have a positive impact on the lives of our students and of our faculty and staff. Mark is a true partner with the Richards College of Business.”

The Visionary Endowment is the most recent in Camp’s long list of contributions to UWG that include donations to the Richards College of Business, School of Nursing and College of Arts and Humanities. He has also participated in giving to UWG’s A-Day campaign since 1993 and is a corporate sponsor for the athletics program.

For more opportunities to contribute, please visit www.westga.edu/development.

Photo: From left to right - Dean Kathryn M. Grams, L. Mark Camp and Dean Faye S. McIntyre