While state funding provides financial support for the university, charitable giving funds many scholarships and improvements to our academic programs. The UWG Foundation was created in 1967 for the express purpose of raising, administering, investing and transferring private gifts for the University of West Georgia. The foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. It receives all gifts into the university and distributes them as per the donor’s instructions. It also determines the distribution of annual funds dollars.

The mission of the University of West Georgia Foundation, Inc. is to support the University of West Georgia in its mission to provide excellent higher education to its constituencies. It does so by attracting and involving leaders from among the University’s alumni and friends in this endeavor. The Foundation’s primary efforts are directed toward attracting, receiving, investing, managing and expending gifts and other resources designated for the educational programs, research projects and community service efforts of the University as identified in the strategic planning process.

A gift to the UWG Foundation provides much-needed scholarships for our students, helps us to recruit and retain well-qualified faculty and staff, expands student research and travel opportunities, provides cutting-edge technology, and improves our campus life and facilities. Thank you for making a difference in the lives of today’s and tomorrow’s students.

Foundation Board of Trustees

Dear Alumni and Friends,

Private gifts from alumni, friends, parents, corporations, and foundations provide the resources necessary to offer an outstanding and transformative educational experience for our students, and enhance the overall excellence of the University of West Georgia.

The University of West Georgia Foundation, Inc. was founded in 1967 to connect the University with donors who want to make a difference by providing tax-deductible private philanthropic support for scholarships, academic initiatives, student activities, research, campus buildings, or other strategic priorities.

Our Foundation is governed by an elected board of trustees whose members are highly experienced and represent a diverse group of alumni and leaders in the communities we serve. Each volunteer board member is guided by a mission to promote private philanthropic support, to advocate for the University, and to responsibly steward donor gifts, the University’s endowment, and other Foundation assets.

Please consider making a gift today and join me in our shared mission to transform the lives of our students every day.

Go West! Go Wolves!

Luis A Planas ‘72
Chair, UWG Foundation
Board of Trustees


Executive Committee

  • Chair
    Mr. Luis A. Planas, Sr. ‘72
    Retired, The Coca-Cola Company
  • Vice Chair
    Ms. Ann Newman ‘01
    Vice President, Wells Fargo - West Georgia Region
  • Secretary
    Mrs. Edith "Edie" F. Haney '89​
    Carroll County Probate Judge
  • ​Investment Committee Chair / Treasurer
    ​​Mr. David R. Edwards​
    Georgia State President, Bank of the Ozarks
  • Past Chair
    Mr. K. Alexander "Alex" Roush
    President/Owner, Alex Roush Architect
  • Board Development Committee Chair
    Mr. Tim Martin '08
    CEO, Carroll EMC
  • Audit Committee Chair
    Mr. Gary Kinard '91
    CFO, Southeastrans, Inc.
  • Resource Development Committee Chair
    Mr. William Esslinger ‘93
    President, Esslinger Tech Law


  • Dr. James Richard "Richie" Bland, III
    Director, Tanner Health Systems Oncology Services
  • Bruce Bobick
    Retired, Professor & Chairman of the UWG Art Department
  • Mr. William "Bill" Candler
    President, Candler Development, Inc.
  • Mr. Josh Chapman
    Ra-Lin & Associates
  • Mr. Robert "Bob" W. Coggin
    President, Alpine Marketing Consultants
  • Mr. Edward "Eddy" P. Crumbley '71
    President, UWG Athletic Foundation
  • Mr. David B. Dennis '79
  • Mrs. Melissa "Missy" P. Dugan '87
    President & CEO, Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta
  • Matthew "Matt" T. Echols '94
    Senior Vice President, Coca-Cola North America
  • Mr. Loy Howard
    President/CEO, Tanner Medical Center
  • Dr. Richard M. Ingle '67
    Retired, Georgia Technology Research Institution
  • Ms. Tonya Jackson
    Business Development Manager, RA-LIN and Associates
  • Ms. Vicki Kaiser
    Executive Director of Oncology, Piedmont Newnan
  • Mr. Gerald Kemp '87
    Senior Vice President, Fidelity Bank, Newnan Branch
  • Mrs. Amanda T. Lucey '06
    CEO, The Partnership of Atlanta, Inc.
  • Dr. Bruce W. Lyon
    Retired, University of West Georgia
  • Mr. Dennis McEntire
    General Manager, Newnan Utilities
  • Mr. Aaron McWhorter '69 '91
    Owner, North Georgia Turf, Inc.
  • Ms. Christa Pitts '97
    Owner/Co-CEO, The Lumistella Company
  • Mr. L. Richard Plunkett
    President, Plunkett & Associates
  • Mrs. Shaunya Chavis Rucker '88
    Broadcast and Cable Director, Fulton Government TV
  • Mrs. Honey H. Shackelford '76
    Homemaker and Community Volunteer
  • Dr. Ralph L. Simpson '86 '96
    Clayton County (GA) Schools
  • Mr. Jerome Snipes '87
    Owner, Physical Security, LLC
  • Mr. Zachary R. Steed '89
    Client Executive, Conduent
  • Dr. Jason Thogmartin '06 '07
    Executive Vice President, Santander US

Ex Officio Members

  • Dr. Brendan Kelly
    President, University of West Georgia
  • Dr. Meredith N. Brunen
    Vice President for University Advancement & CEO of UWG Foundations, University of West Georgia
  • Mr. John Haven
    Vice President for Business and Financial Services, University of West Georgia
  • Mrs. Melanie Hildebrandt '03 '08
    Chair, UWG Alumni Association Board of Directors
  • Mrs. Rebecca Smith '96
    Chair, UWG Athletic Foundation Board of Directors

Life Members

  • Mr. A. Paul Cadenhead ’44
    Retired Attorney, Fellows, Johnson & LaBriola
  • Mr. James "Jim" Gill*
    Retired, CB&T
  • Mr. Phillip Kauffman
    President, Kauphi Properties
  • Mr. Robert “Bob” J. Stone
    President, Systems & Methods

Emeriti Life Members

  • Mr. Gerald McCarley '59
    Retired, Deloitte & Touche
  • Mr. J. Thomas Vance
    Partner, Tisinger Vance, P.C.

Honorary Member

  • Dr. Beheruz N. Sethna
    Professor of Marketing
    President Emeritus, University of West Georgia