The University of West Georgia Foundation announced today the addition of seven new members to its board of trustees.
Joining the board are Bruce Bobick, Dick Ingle '67, Tonya Jackson, Amanda Lucey '06, Honey Shackelford '76, Zach Steed '89 and Jason Thogmartin '06 '07. The returning board chair for the UWG Foundation is Luis Planas, a retired executive of the Coca-Cola company.
Foundation Trustees are elected to four-year terms and serve on various committees, including board development, finance and investment, resource development, audit and others.
Bobick is a retired UWG professor of painting and drawing and former chair of the art department. A native of Pennsylvania, he received his M.F.A. from the University of Notre Dame. Prior to coming to West Georgia, he taught in the Pennsylvania public schools and at Western Illinois University.
Bobick said he looks forward to helping the Foundation financially aid students who choose to Go West.
“Higher education has to be affordable, especially to those who would be the first in their family to obtain a university degree,” Bobick shared. “I choose to invest in the future of UWG because I love the university and what it stands for in providing a quality education at a price much lower than that of private institutions. I firmly believe if we want to make positive changes in our society, education is the way to do it.”
Ingle is also a retired UWG professor and principal research scientist. An active member of First Christian Church, he serves as missions chair and is part of the FCC finance team. Ingle is also a member of the Carroll County Board of Equalization, past chair of Carrollton Development Authority Appeals Board, and boasts an extensive active service in Kiwanis. He also serves as a member of the Development Council affiliated with UWG’s former College of Science and Mathematics, now known as the College of Arts, Culture and Scientific Inquiry.
In 2018, Ingle and his wife established the Dr. and Mrs. Richard Ingle Experiential Learning Fund to provide hands-on opportunities for students majoring in science and mathematics. Ingle said he’s driven to invest in UWG’s future success because of the university’s investment in him years ago.
“As a 17-year-old, just graduating from Carrollton High School, I found myself at the last minute wanting to be nowhere else than right here in Carrollton,” he recalled. “My three years of classroom and experiential learning at UWG gave me the background I would take with me for my entire career of university teaching and research, and external research for the USAF and NASA.”
Jackson is a 15-year veteran of RA-LIN and Associates Inc., a local construction management firm, where she works as a business development manager. She serves on the board of directors for Douglas County Chamber of Commerce, Douglas County Education Foundation and Douglas County Schools Partners in Education; WellStar-Douglas Hospital Authority Board; committees of the Georgia Economic Developers Association and the Georgia Chamber of Commerce; and the Society of Marketing Professionals.
Jackson said she looks forward to bringing her personal and professional insights to inspire greater philanthropy and focus on grantmaking to ensure a positive impact for all at UWG.
“I’m grateful to be able to participate in making a positive change in our small corner of the world now – and for future generations to come,” she shared. “I believe the best is yet to come. I know I can help broaden the opportunities for UWG students and staff to make a brighter future for us all in these unprecedented times.”
Lucey, a 2006 UWG alumna, is CEO and owner of The Partnership, Atlanta’s oldest privately held marketing and public relations agency. She serves as vice chair of the Green Chamber of the South, is a member of Junior League and Entrepreneurs Organization, and sits on the CEO roundtable of the Cobb County Chamber of Commerce.
Lucey believes her position as a business owner, entrepreneur, and professional strategic marketer and communications expert gives her a unique perspective on the board. She also said she looks forward to giving back to her alma mater. Last year, she founded a scholarship fund for first-generation college students, such as herself.
“I believe in the Winston Churchill saying – you make a living by what you get but a life by what you give,” she shared. “I want to give back and help other students and the community of UWG thrive.”
Shackelford, a homemaker and community volunteer, has spent most of her adult life serving others. Once a member of Delta Delta Delta Sorority at then-West Georgia College, she served as president of the alumni chapter in Atlanta where she participated in CareAffair, the fundraiser supporting childhood cancer research and treatment, for 10 years. More recently, she has supported Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta as a member and president of its Woman’s Auxiliary. She currently serves on the Advisory Board of the auxiliary and volunteers with Meals on Wheels.
Shackelford said she enjoys talking to people about UWG and hopes serving on the UWG Foundation will allow her to do so on a broader scale.
“UWG gave me the educational foundation and confidence to pursue all the various activities in which I have participated all these many years,” she shared. “My husband and I started an annual scholarship in 2016 for a high achieving student in the Spanish department. However, the university has done so much for me that I want to give something back.”
Steed is senior director of business development at Conduent Inc.; partner at Sea Horse Group LLC D/B/A Captain D’s Seafood Kitchen; and partner at Red Hot Stuff LLC D/B/A Moe’s Southwest Grill. A semi-professional bluegrass musician, he serves as a member of the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) and is a charter member of Conduent’s Sales Advisory Council.
Steed, a UWG alumnus, said he looks forward to supporting students and advocating for the interests of the university. He hopes to use his skillset to build and grow relationships in order to increase financial support for UWG.
“There’s no more important work than supporting education that enriches the lives of individuals and immeasurably benefits our society and well-being as a nation,” he commented.
UWG alumnus Thogmartin ’06 ’07, executive vice president of internal audit and credit risk review for multinational banking organization Santander, splits his time between Massachusetts and Georgia. In Boston, he serves as a governor and financial services chair of the Greater Boston Chapter of the Institute of Internal Auditors and is a committee member of the Global Institute of Internal Auditors. In Carrollton, he sits on the UWG Richards College of Business Board of Advisors and is also active with the UWG Alumni Association.
Thogmartin believes UWG is not simply a university but a complete community that provides an opportunity for an undergraduate that cannot be easily obtained at larger institutions.
“I look forward to being an active contributor of knowledge, skill and ability in a critical time financially for our foundation and for our students,” he shared. “If my expertise can bring any value to the foundation in that regard, I am happy to offer it.”
About the Foundation
Established in 1967, the UWG Foundation serves as the philanthropic arm of the University of West Georgia. Its purpose in cultivating, soliciting and stewarding donor funds is to advance strategic priorities for the long-term benefit and enhancement of the university. The Foundation is governed by a board of trustees composed of business and industry leaders, community leaders, and alumni whose primary goals are in service to the university community.
For more information about the UWG Foundation or how to make a gift in support of the university, please visit https://www.giving.westga.edu.