FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Contact: Robert Preston, Jr.,
SGC’s 83rd Commencement Set for May 3
South Georgia State College has announced its 83rd Commencement
Exercises, which will take place on Thursday, May 3, at 9 a.m. As a part of
graduation, West College Park Drive will be closed from 7 a.m. until noon.
The ceremony will take place on the lawn in front of Peterson Hall.
J. Potts Jr., who was appointed in March 2006 by then-Gov. Sonny Perdue to
represent the Eleventh Congressional district on the University System of
Georgia Board of Regents, will serve as the speaker for the commencement
exercises. Potts retired in June 2004 as the vice president and general
manager of Temple-Inland Corporation, based in Rome, following a 35-year
career in the international pulp and paper industry. He began his career as
an engineer at the Union Camp Corporation’s Savannah pulp and paper mill in
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. Potts also is
active with the Floyd County March of Dimes, Mercy Senior Care in Rome, the
Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce; and, the mentoring program Communities in
Potts earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering with highest
honors from the Georgia Institute of Technology and completed the University
of Virginia’s Executive Program. In 2008, he was named to Georgia Tech’s
Academy of Distinguished Engineering Alumni and, in 2009 he received the
Dean Griffin Community Service Award from Georgia Tech’s Alumni Association.
Potts and his wife, Glenda, are the parents of three adult children.
The public is invited to attend. Visitors are encouraged to enter the
college from the Peterson Avenue entrance. SGC Public Safety will assist
with parking. For a map to view campus, visit
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