Statesboro native Joe McGlamery believes in Statesboro and its people. He recognizes the difference Georgia Southern University has made for his community, so this year he will serve as the 34th chairman of “A Day For Southern.”
“I grew up on a farm near Statesboro, and I remember when most of the towns around here were similar,” McGlamery said. “Today I see the huge difference Georgia Southern has made in Statesboro. The University is an economic development engine that continues to help us grow and thrive.”
This year’s “A Day For Southern” is planned for Sept. 11. On that day, more than 200 volunteers will call on members of the Statesboro-Bulloch County business and professional community for support of both academic and athletic programs.
“We are enormously grateful to Joe McGlamery for taking the lead in ‘A Day For Southern’ this year,” said Wendell Tompkins, the university’s director of annual giving. “We couldn’t accomplish what we do without the support of our alumni and friends.
“‘Together We’re Better: Campus and Community’ has become the permanent theme of ‘A Day For Southern.’”
“Over the years, ‘A Day For Southern’ has grown to become a finely tuned, highly organized operation,” McGlamery said. “I am pleased to be a part of it, but the day’s success depends on volunteers, who are the life blood of the effort.”
McGlamery is regional vice president of Morris Newspaper Corporation, serving as president of the Statesboro Herald and publisher of Statesboro Magazine. He has held leadership roles in local and regional Kiwanis, the United Way of Southeast Georgia, the Bulloch County Chapter of the American Red Cross, the Georgia Press Association, First United Methodist Church, the Georgia Southern University Foundation, and the Ogeechee Technical College Foundation.
He currently serves on the boards of the Georgia Press Educational Foundation and the Georgia Southern University Foundation, and he is founding chairman of the board of trustees of the Bulloch County Foundation for Public Education.
In 1989, McGlamery, along with Patsy Bobo, organized the Deen Day Smith Service to Mankind Awards, a program that has recognized and honored more than 700 residents of Bulloch County for their service to others.
To learn more about “A Day For Southern,” contact Georgia Southern’s Office of Annual Giving at (912) 681-5680.