|On April 11, 2014 at the Coosa Country Club, Rome GA, we will celebrate
our mission with an evening of celebration. Guests will dine on a
gourmet dinner, and enjoy live entertainment. The evening will include
honoring Willis Potts,
our Heritage Award honoree. Awards will also be presented to GHC Honors students who will showcase their
projects and we will celebrate 40 years of our nursing program as well
as our first Alumni Wall of Fame honorees. |
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Willis J. Potts - 2014 GHC Heritage Award Honoree
is hard to do justice to the richness, the nuance of Willis Potts'
lifetime of community involvement. No matter where he is living or
working, his long career has always involved service to others. Since he
was a young man, Potts has embraced the notion of volunteerism as a
challenge, taking it all in.
He began his
career as an engineer at the Union Camp Corporation's Savannah pulp and
paper mill in 1969. Over the course of his career, Potts served as
chairman of the Paper Industry Management Association and chairman of
the Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry, both
international in scope.
After a successful career and a longtime commitment to leadership,
education, and service, in 2006 Potts was appointed to represent the
Eleventh Congressional District on the University System of Georgia
Board of Regents by Gov. Sonny Perdue. He served as chair of the board
from July 2010 to June 2011.
Always dedicated to serving others, Potts has long been actively
engaged with a number of charitable and civic organizations, including
the United Way, Boys and Girls Clubs and the March of Dimes. He has
also given over 20 gallons of blood to the American Red Cross.
In 2008, he was honored with Rome's Heart of the Community Award. Potts
continues to service his community through his involvement with the
mentoring program "Community in Schools" and Mercy Senior Care. Potts
is past chairman of the Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce and past
chairman of the Rome-Floyd County Development Authority. He currently
sits on the Board of Directors for Wells Real Estate Funds in Norcross,
GA and J&J Industries in Dalton, GA.
Potts earned a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering with highest
honors from Georgia Institute of Technology and completed the University
of Virginia's Executive Program. In 2008, he was named Georgia Tech's
Academy of distinguished Engineering Alumni, and in 2009, he received
the Dean Griffin Community Service Award from Georgia Tech's Alumni
Potts and his wife, Glenda, are the parents of three adult children.