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Board Member Spotlight: Dot Black

Aug 20, 2013 by Dr. Chris Wood

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Dorothy "Dot" Black (left), pictured with MWA Board Member Bert Bivins and the Authority's LaToria Porter, represents citizens of District 1 on the MWA Board. She also provides leadership as chair of the Finance and Pension Committees.

From more than 30 years of service as a public educator, to tenure on the Macon Water Authority (MWA) Board that has spanned over three decades, Dorothy Black has spent the equivalent of two lifetimes serving Macon-Bibb County citizens.

Ms. Black’s career as a teacher began in 1955 in Jasper County, and included employment for the school systems of Jones and Bibb County as well. She taught science, dance and drama, with her interest in the performing arts reflected in her involvement in years past with the Macon Theater. She also managed the after-school program for River’s Edge Behavioral Health Center. Ms. Black retired as a school counselor and as the Career Coordinator for Bibb County Schools in 1986, capping off 31 years of service in public education. Since that time, she has been involved in the Georgia Retired Teachers Association.

A decade after her “first” retirement, she began her career in public service when elected to the Macon Water Authority in 1997, to represent the citizens in District 1. Currently, she chairs the Finance and Pension Committees of the Authority, while also serving on the Personnel and Engineering Committees, the latter as Vice Chair.

Ms. Black is a native of Macon, but also lived in Monticello while she was young following the death of her mother. She has called Macon home for the last 40 years, since moving back to Bibb County in 1973.

Ms. Black holds an undergraduate degree from Paine College in Augusta and a Master’s degree from Fort Valley State University. She also has completed additional studies at the University of Georgia, Indiana University, and the Butler School of Library Services. While in school, she was a member of Zeta Phi Beta sorority.

Involved in a number of ministries through her church, Ms. Black is a member of St. Paul AME in Macon, where she was selected as Missionary Queen for the Sixth Episcopal District. She was also selected as Senior Cherry Blossom Queen for 2010.

Ms. Black is the mother of two children, with five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Media contact:
Chris Wood, Ph.D.
770-757-1681 (phone)
jcwood@uga.edu (email)

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