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Dr. Kirby Godsey sworn in as Chairman

Nov 2, 2012 by Dr. Chris Wood


The Hon. William J. Self, Judge of the Bibb County Probate Court, administers the oath of office during the November MWA Board Meeting, after appointing Dr. Godsey, with unanimous support from the MWA Board, to follow Frank Amerson as Chairman.

The Macon Water Authority (MWA) welcomed R. Kirby Godsey, Ph.D., as its new Chairman, following his swearing in at the November Meeting. The Hon. William J. Self, Judge of the Bibb County Probate Court, administered the oath of office after appointing Dr. Godsey, with unanimous support from the MWA Board, to follow Frank Amerson as Chairman.

According to the MWA Charter, whenever there is a vacancy among the elected seats on the Board of the Authority, and there are more than 120 days before the next general election, the Judge of the Bibb County Probate Court shall appoint a qualified person to serve until that time. This special election is set for Nov. 5, 2013, when the MWA will have a successor to complete Amerson’s unexpired term, which runs through Dec. 31, 2014. After leading the MWA for 35 years, Amerson passed away on Sept. 14, following complications from surgery at The Medical Center of Central Georgia.

“While we were all saddened by the loss of Mr. Amerson, and no one can ever replace him, we are very fortunate to have such a capable and respected citizen as Dr. Godsey follow him as Chairman of the Macon Water Authority ,” says Tony Rojas, MWA Executive Director. “Chairman Amerson considered Dr. Godsey a good friend, so Frank would be pleased and honored with his selection by Judge Self.”

Dr. Godsey is the former President and CEO of Mercer University, where he continues to serve as Chancellor and University Professor as a result of an appointment by the University’s Board of Trustees in 2006. That same year, to also pay tribute to his 27 years of service as President, the Mercer Trustees named the historic administration building on the Macon campus in his honor.

According to University officials, Mercer experienced its most significant growth in size and prominence under Dr. Godsey’s leadership as President, becoming one of the most comprehensive universities of its kind in the nation. He established seven of the university’s 11 schools and colleges, including the schools of business, engineering, music, and medicine; an academic press; a performing arts center; and an engineering research center. Dr. Godsey also led the merger of Georgia Baptist College of Nursing with Mercer, while establishing valuable educational partnerships with Robins Air Logistics Center in Warner Robins and with Piedmont Healthcare of Atlanta, the latter in the joint creation of the Center for Health and Learning.

In addition to serving currently as Chancellor of Mercer and as Chairman of the MWA, Dr. Godsey is Chairman of the Board for Birch Communications in Atlanta, and at Myers McRae Executive Search and Consulting Firm in Macon. He also is a Director of Renaissance on the River, LLC, and is a Member of the Bibb County Development Authority.

In 2003, the Greater Macon Chamber of Commerce recognized Dr. Godsey as the Macon Citizen of the Year. Coincidently, his predecessor – former Chairman Frank Amerson – received the same award earlier this year at the Chamber’s annual meeting. Dr. Godsey also was honored locally in 2010, for providing leadership and vision in the founding of NewTown Macon.

During his career in academia, Dr. Godsey served as a member of the Executive Council of the College Commission for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), and on the Executive Committee of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities. SACS recognized his outstanding work on accreditation standards by awarding him its highest honor – the Distinguished Leadership Award.

With a Bachelor’s Degree from Samford University, Dr. Godsey earned his Master of Divinity and Doctor of Theology degrees from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. In addition, he holds a Master of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Alabama and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Tulane University. He is a recipient of honorary doctorates from The University of South Carolina, Samford University, Campbell University, and Averett University.

Media contact:
Chris Wood, Ph.D.
770-757-1681 (phone) OR (email)

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