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Deal appoints four to USG Board of Regents

ATLANTAThe governor’s office has announced 17 individuals appointed to boards by Gov. Nathan Deal, with four of them named to the University System of Georgia (USG) Board of Regents.

Lori S. Durden, Board of Regents of the USG, currently serves as the vice president for economic development at Ogeechee Technical College. She serves on the Coastal Workforce Investment Board, the board of trustees for the Foundation for Public Education in Bulloch County and the Statesboro-Bulloch County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. Durden is a member of the Rotary Club of Statesboro, an alumna of Leadership Georgia and was named on Georgia Trend magazine’s 2009 Forty under Forty list of young business professionals. She earned a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in Business Administration from Georgia Southern University. She and her husband, Tim, have three children. They reside in Statesboro.

George Hooks, Board of Regents of the USG, is the outgoing state senator from Georgia’s 14th District. He is a sixth-generation native of Sumter County and owns an insurance and real estate firm in Americus. He served as dean of the Senate and on the Senate Economic Development; Ethics; Rules; Natural Resources; Environment and Appropriations committees. He also served on the OneGeorgia Authority Oversight Committee. Hooks earned a bachelor’s degree from Auburn University and an honorary doctor of law degree from Mercer University. He and his wife, Kay, have two children. They reside in Americus.

Rogers Wade, Board of Regents of the USG, retired as president and chief executive officer of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation in 2009. He is currently chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Policy Foundation and a senior partner of Capitolink Inc. He serves on the boards of the Georgia Research Alliance, the Georgia Trucking Association, the U.S.O. and the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, and is a trustee of the Richard B. Russell Foundation. Wade earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia. He and his wife, Marcia, reside in Sandy Springs.

Scott Smith, Board of Regents of the USG, is president and chief operating officer of Northwest Georgia Bank. He serves as board member and secretary of NW Services Corp., as board member of the Catoosa County Economic Development Authority, and past chairman of the board of Junior Achievement of Chattanooga. He has served as a trustee for the Dalton State College Foundation, and as a board member of the Georgia Banker’s Association and the Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce. Smith earned a bachelor’s degree from Georgia Southern University and a master’s degree from Georgia State University. He and his wife, Melanie, have three children. They reside in Ringgold.

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