Alumni of Distinction

Class of 2017

Dean Suzanne Barbour, Mrs. Carole DuVall (wife of Tal DuVall), Elizabeth Gatewood, Flora Tydings, Maureen Clayton, Mary Frances Early, Ken Giles, Gaye Smith, GEAB Chair Sylvia Hutchinson

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Maureen A. Clayton M.A. Mass Communication
Maureen A. Clayton is president of Insight Strategic Communications, a full service internal communications agency. She has more than 25 years of experience developing and implementing business communications for publicly and privately-held companies.

Mrs. Clayton founded Nest Egg Communications in 2014. The company is an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) agency that assists other ESOP companies. Nest Egg Communications created a new category in communications: value-priced, ready-to-use toolkits that drive performance, strengthen ownership mindset, and connect team members to business strategy.

Mrs. Clayton has won awards from PRSA, IABC, and other organizations. She was a member of the Executive Committee of the UGA Alumni Association Board of Directors and student mentor. She is now a member of the UGA Libraries Board of Visitors.

She is a member of the Ownership Culture Committee of the ESOP Association, former president of the G&T Communicators and the Electric Women’s Roundtable, and former member of the Electric Power Research Institute Corporate Communications Advisory Board. She also supports the Drake House, North Fulton Homestretch, YMCA Camp High Harbour, and Andalusia Farm, Flannery O’Connor’s home in Milledgeville, Ga.


Talmadge C. DuVall “Tal” M.S. Extension Education & D.M.A. Public Administration
Talmadge “Tal” C. DuVall began his career with the UGA Cooperative Extension Service as a County Agent after serving in the Army for two years. He retired in 1988 as the Director of the Cooperative Extension Service and Associate Dean for the College of Agriculture at UGA. After retirement, he was president of the Georgia Agribusiness Council and then County Commissioner for the Athens-Clarke County government.

Dr. DuVall led efforts to establish the Jekyll Island 4-H Center and to renovate the Rock Eagle 4-H Center. He was responsible for the publication of the Georgia County Guide. The book is an invaluable resource for elected officials, policymakers, researchers, and extension agents as it is filled with detailed information and helpful statistics. He supervised the Integrated Pest Management Program of Georgia, which became the national model for reducing agricultural pesticide costs while providing a database for agricultural research.

Dr. DuVall served on boards for organizations like the Athens Boys Club and the Salvation Army. He was Chairman of the Northeast Georgia United Way and the Athens-Clarke County Economic Development Authority and a member of many other civic organizations. He joined the U.S. Agricultural Education Delegation to China in 1980 andwon Georgia Adult Educator of the Year.


Mary Frances Early M.M. Ed. Music Education & Ed.S Education
Mary Frances Early transferred to UGA to participate in the Civil Rights Movement and aid integration after learning of Charlayne Hunter and Hamilton Holmes’s integration experience at UGA. She became the first African-American to graduate from the university in 1962. UGA’s Graduate and Professional Scholars renamed their spring lecture the Mary Frances Early Lecture Series after her address.

Ms. Early worked in public schools for 37 years. She also travelled across the state to develop all-state standards for music education as the first black president of Georgia Music Educators. She was on the editorial board of the Music Educator’s National Journal and consulted with the textbook company Macmillan to increase diversity in music textbooks. She helped with diversity, grant recognition, and funding for the National Endowment for the Arts. Ms. Early continued teaching after retirement in 1994 at Morehouse College, then Spelman College, and Clark Atlanta University where she was head of the music department until 2005.

She was awarded the STAR Teacher Award, Benjamin E. Mays Black Music Heritage Award, the UGA Outstanding Alumna Award, and UGA’s Foot Soldier for Equal Justice Award.


Elizabeth Gatewood M.B.A Finance & Ph.D. Public Administration
Elizabeth Gatewood is a professor at Wake Forest University. She formerly held positions in the Center for Enterprise Research and Education, the Kauffman Campus Initiative, and the Wake Forest University National Science Foundation Partners for Innovation Program.

Dr. Gatewood was the Jack M. Gill Chair of Entrepreneurship and Director of the Johnson Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation at Indiana University. She directed the Gulf Coast Small Business Development Center Network, providing consulting and training to entrepreneurs and Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises in addition to leading trade missions to South America and Asia. Dr. Gatewood also founded and directed the Center for Business and Economic Studies at UGA.

Dr. Gatewood has been Principal Investigator on grants from federal agencies such as the NSF and Department of Defense. She co-founded the Diana Project, which examines women’s entrepreneurship and won the International Award for Entrepreneurship and Small Business Research, the foremost global award for entrepreneurship research.

Among multiple awards and honors throughout her career, Dr. Gatewood received the 2013 Max S. Wortman, Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award in Entrepreneurship by the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship.


D. Kenimer Giles M.S. Agricultural Engineering
D. Ken Giles is currently Professor and Vice Chair of the University of California, Davis Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering. He earned a doctorate in Agricultural Engineering, with a minor in Mechanical Engineering from Clemson University.

Dr. Giles’s research focuses on spray applications including pesticide spraying, industrial spray coatings, the reduction of “spray drift,” and environmental contamination. He invented spray nozzles that revolutionized the chemical application process, making it possible to deliver the proper amount of spray on a site-specific basis, while maximizing efficacy and minimizing off-site impacts. Giles and his team were the first research entity to receive Federal Aviation Administration clearance to operate an unmanned, remote-controlled aircraft using a motorcycle-sized, remote-controlled helicopter for spraying in the Napa, Sacramento, and Central Valleys of California.

Dr. Giles authored and co-authored numerous publications. His research has led to more than 20 patents. In addition to other American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers honors and contributions, he was awarded 2015 Cyrus Hall McCormick-Jerome Increase Case Gold Medal, recognizing his “exceptional and meritorious achievement in agriculture, which has resulted in new concepts, products, processes or methods that advanced the development of agriculture.”


Senator Philip Gramm Ph.D. Economics
Senator Philip Gramm is Vice Chairman at Lone Star Global Acquisitions. He was formerly Vice Chairman of UBS Investment Bank, where he provided senior leadership in landmark Initial Public Offerings including Visa, the Bank of China, the China Merchants Bank, and LGPhillips in Korea. He was instrumental in the supplemental equity offering for the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, the privatization of Telstra in Australia, and the sale of 20% of Akbank in Turkey to Citibank.

Senator Gramm spent six years in the U.S. House of Representatives and 18 years in the U.S. Senate. His record includes the Gramm-Latta Budget, which reduced federal spending, rebuilt national defense, and mandated the Reagan tax cut. The Gramm-Rudman Act placed the first binding constraints on federal spending. The Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act allowed banks, securities firms, and insurance companies to affiliate as part of a Financial Services Holding Company. While Chairman of the Banking Committee, his legislation modernized banking, insurance, and securities law.

Senator Gramm is a Visiting Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and taught economics at Texas A&M University for 12 years. He has published articles and books on subjects ranging from monetary theory and policy to private property and the economics of mineral extraction.


Patricia A. Resick M.S. Psychology & Ph.D. Clinical Psychology
Patricia A. Resick is a professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University. She has served on multiple faculties including the University of Missouri – St. Louis where she held an endowed professorship.

Dr. Resick directed the Women’s Health Sciences Division of the National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder at VA Boston Healthcare System. She has received grants to provide services and conduct research on the effects of traumatic events, particularly on women, and to develop and test therapeutic interventions for PTSD. She developed and tested Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), a short term treatment for PTSD and corollary symptoms. She leads a national initiative to disseminate CPT throughout the VA system. She has published numerous books, journal articles, and book chapters; served on the editorial boards of scientific journals; and was an associate editor for the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology.

Dr. Resick served on the boards of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies and the Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy. Her awards include the Robert S. Laufer Memorial Award for Outstanding Scientific Achievement in the Field of PTSD and the Lifetime Achievement Award from Division 56 of the American Psychological Association.


Gaye Smith Master of Public Administration
Gaye Smith was appointed Executive Director of Georgia Family Connection Partnership (GaFCP) after more than 10 years as President/CEO of Parent and Child Development Services Inc. in Chatham and Effingham counties. Under Ms. Smith’s leadership, GaFCP fosters relationships between thousands of community leaders in all 159 counties to dissolve barriers and service gaps obscuring progress and positive outcomes. GaFCP’s approach to collaboration has been recognized by organizations like the Brookings Institute’s Innovation in Community Indicators Award.

Ms. Smith’s career started in social services with the United Way of the Coastal Empire, where she was Vice President of Planning and Allocations. She has been a consultant for the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Making Connections Initiative and served as interim Executive Director for the Chatham-Savannah Youth Futures Authority, which later joined the GaFCP statewide network.

Ms. Smith has held leadership roles in civic organizations including the board of the Rape Crisis Center of Savannah, Governor’s Supermarket Access Task Force, and Board of Georgians for Children. Her awards include the American Society for Public Administration’s Administrator of the Year and Georgia General Assembly’s Legislative Services Award.


Flora W. Tydings Ed.D. Education

Flora W. Tydings was appointed Chancellor by the Tennessee Board of Regents effective February 1, 2017. She arrived as the Board and its institutions continue to transition into a more unified community and technical college system under the state’s Focus on College and University Success (FOCUS) Act of 2016.

Dr. Tydings worked for eight years as a professional educator in the Houston County, Ga., school system followed by 10 years in the private sector. She returned to education as Apprenticeship Director for four Georgia public school systems and as an adjunct instructor at Middle Georgia College. She became Director of Curriculum and Staff Development at Macon Technical Institute. Two years later, she served as Vice President for Academic Affairs at Central Georgia Technical College until appointed as President of Athens Technical College in 2003. In 2015, she moved to Tennessee as President of Chattanooga State Community College.

Dr. Tydings has served on many boards including the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce, Tennessee Colleges Association Executive Board, and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Chancellor’s Roundtable. She has received multiple awards and honors including the Boy Scouts of Northeast Georgia Distinguished Citizen Award, the Jeanette Rankin Foundation Founders’ Award, and the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Recognized Leaders in Education.

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