by Bonnie Butcher

The work will illustrate alumni who have graduated since 1967, which was when Lillian Williams, a well-respected educator, became UWG’s first black graduate.Don North

“I am passionate about this book and the importance to document the extraordinary accomplishments of African-Americans who have been very successful in their careers,” said Don.

“My intent is to inform the public of the significant impact of these individuals,” Don added. “Did you know that an African-American graduate served in the secret service to protect President Clinton? Another graduate broke the sound barrier as a U.S. Air Force pilot and served as a pilot in the Vietnam War. There are so many stories to be told about this unique group of achievers and how it all began on the West Georgia campus.”

The book will offer detailed, career-oriented summaries of graduates and highlight career achievements of these alumni who overcame societal barriers to become professionals in major industries.

Don’s passion and interest for this institution started young but continues to grow throughout the years.

“It’s been a while since my graduation in 1980, but I often find myself taking a long drive through the campus enjoying the landscape and fond memories of time spent at West Georgia,” explained Don.

Don’s research has led to 67 biographical profiles, and he is actively seeking more. If you would like to submit a short bio for consideration, you may send it to Please include a high-resolution photo of the subject.

Posted on 10/29/2015