Alumni of Distinction

Class of 2018

Pictured from left to right: Sylvia Hutchinson, J. Frank McGill, Alan Campbell, Monica Kaufman Pearson, Jeffrey Shellebarger, Susan C. Waltman, Frank Ros, Dean Suzanne Barbour, and Interim Provost Libby Morris.

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Alan Campbell BFA Art, MFA Art

Alan Campbell is an artist from Athens, Georgia who has created a unique career working with large scientific research programs in some of the most remote locations on the planet. Merging art and science, Mr. Campbell has traveled the globe, creating paintings that depict varied locations like the ice of Antarctica to the biodiversity of Peru’s tropical rainforest. His art also portrays the beauty of states across the U.S. His ongoing work involves the barrier islands of coastal Georgia.

Mr. Campbell’s work has been sponsored and supported by companies like Mobil Oil, the United States Embassy, Patagonia, and the Turner Foundation in addition to partnerships with nonprofit organizations including The Nature Conservancy and the Ossabaw Island Foundation. His work has been featured in and covered by publications across the U.S., New Zealand, and Europe. He has lectured in the U.S., Chile, and New Zealand and was elected a fellow to the Explorers Club in New York. Mr. Campbell’s paintings are found in many corporate and private collections in Georgia, the southeast, throughout the U.S. and abroad.

Mr. Campbell received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with honors in 1973 and a MFA in 1975 at the University of Georgia. He completed additional study at the University of California at Berkeley, Valdosta State University, and the UGA Foreign Studies Program in Cortona, Italy.


Frank McGill BSA Agronomy, MS Agronomy

Frank McGill, known as “Mr. Peanut” by many, is a retired Georgia Extension Service agronomist and peanut specialist, stationed at the UGA Coastal Plain Experiment Station in Tifton, Georgia. While there, he helped develop a multi-discipline “package approach” for peanut production in Georgia increasing the state’s peanut yield by more than 2,000 pounds per acre in less than 20 years. He served as president of the American Peanut Research and Education Society, chairman of the UGA Agronomists, the U.S. Task Force on Peanut Policy, and the U.S. Peanut Improvement Working Group. He was technical advisor to the Georgia Peanut Commission, U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee, National Peanut Council, and National Peanut Growers Group. He traveled to 21 countries as a peanut consultant. After retirement, he worked as a peanut consultant with M&M Mars.

Mr. McGill was a D.W. Brooks Distinguished Professor of Agronomy and named Man of the Year by Progressive Farmer Magazine. He received the Distinguished UGA Faculty Award and the Distinguished Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Award. He was inducted to the Georgia Peanut Hall of Fame and received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Peanut Council. Some of his many accolades include induction into the UGA Agricultural Hall of Fame and receiving the Valor Award from Southern Peanut Farmers.

Mr. McGill received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from UGA in Agronomy.


Allison Moran MED Education

Allison Moran joined her family’s 80-plus-year-old business, RaceTrac Petroleum, Inc., in the Operations Department. She was promoted to Vice President of Human Resources in 1999, and Senior Vice President in 2005, leading the RaceTrac division. She succeeded her father as Chief Executive Officer in 2013 but stepped aside in 2017 remaining a member of the Board of Directors. Under her leadership, RaceTrac was named the inaugural Innovative Retail Leader of the Year and Retail Chain of the Year. Ms. Moran was recognized as a Top Woman in Convenience in 2014 and Shelby Report’s Woman Executive of the Year in 2016. She was selected as Retail Executive of the Year by Convenience Store News and inducted into the Convenience Hall of Fame in 2017.

Ms. Moran serves on the Herschend Enterprises Board of Directors and is a Trustee at Rhodes College. She is a member of Young Presidents’ Organization and Honorary Chairman of the Advisory Council for the Top Women of Convenience Awards Program. She has served on the Board of Trustees for Trinity School, The Westminster Schools, the Foundation Board of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, and National Association of Convenience Stores.

Ms. Moran received a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Denison University in 1990 and a master’s degree in Education from UGA in 1991. She is a Kellogg Scholar at the Kellogg School of Business Management at Northwestern University.


Monica Kaufman Pearson MA Journalism and Mass Communications

Monica Kaufman Pearson is the first woman and first minority to anchor the daily evening news in Atlanta where she worked for 37 years at the leading station, WSB-TV. She has won over 33 Southern Regional and local Emmy Awards. When she retired, she was honored on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives for her years of service, both on and off the air.

Ms. Pearson currently hosts a weekly radio music and talk show, conducts Closeups Interviews for, and is one of three hosts of the Georgia Public Broadcasting show A Seat at the Table. She taught at Atlanta Metropolitan State College and is a much sought after emcee and motivational speaker.

Ms. Pearson has been inducted into the National Association of Black Journalists Hall of Fame, the Georgia Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame, and the Atlanta Press Club Hall of Fame. She was the first African-American and second woman to serve as Chairperson of the United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta. She is on the Executive Leadership Council of the American Heart Association and board member emeritus of Meals on Wheels Atlanta. She serves on the Board of Jurors for the Peabody Awards at UGA and is a UGA Grady Fellow. Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. gave her the Presidential Vanguard Award, and the Atlanta Dream of the WNBA presented her with the Pat Summitt Inspiring Woman Award.

Ms. Pearson graduated with a master’s degree from UGA’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication in 2014.


Frank Ros BSED Business Education, MED Business Education

Frank Ros was Vice President, Hispanic Strategies at The Coca-Cola Company where he managed the Latin Affairs department. This role included developing and implementing strategy to have the company recognized as a leading corporate citizen within the Latino community. Mr. Ros transformed Coca-Cola Presents Art of Harmony, an urban community relations program, into a nationally recognized and award-winning program for which he received the company’s Chairman’s Exemplary Award. He served on The Coca-Cola Company Multicultural Leadership Council and was chosen as one of Hispanic Business’s 2011 “100 Influentials in the U.S.”

Mr. Ros has served on multiple boards, including terms as Chairman of the first Georgia Commission on Hispanic Affairs and the Board of Regents Hispanic Task Force. He was appointed to the State’s Governor’s Education Reform Study Commission tasked with establishing a better system of public education in Georgia. He presently serves on the Board of Directors of the WellStar Health System, the Advisory Board of the UGA J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development, and the Kennesaw State University President’s Community Advisory Board.

Mr. Ros earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees at UGA where he was selected Academic All-SEC and team captain of the University’s 1980 National Football Championship team.


Jeff Shellebarger BS Geology, MS Geology

Jeffrey Shellebarger joined Chevron in 1980 as an exploration geologist in New Orleans, Louisiana. He assumed the role of President, Chevron North America Exploration and Production Co. in August 2013. He is responsible for Chevron’s oil and gas exploration and production operations in the U.S. and Canada. He previously served as the Managing Director of Chevron’s IndoAsia business unit; Executive Director of Chevron Pacific Indonesia; General Manager of Asset Development for Chevron’s Southern Africa strategic business unit; and General Manager of Asset Development for Chevron North America’s San Joaquin Valley strategic business unit.

During Mr. Shellebarger’s 37-year career with Chevron, he has held leadership and technical positions that span the upstream value chain: business development, exploration, technology, asset development, and production operations, both in onshore and offshore basins across North America, Sub-Saharan Africa, and in Southeast Asia.

Mr. Shellebarger is Chairman of the American Petroleum Institute’s Upstream Committee. He is Past-Chairman of the Greater Houston Partnership and serves on the boards of the United Way of Greater Houston and the Houston Museum of Natural Science, and on the Kinder Institute Advisory Board.

Mr. Shellebarger He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Geology from UGA.


Garnett S. Stokes MS Psychology, PhD Industrial and Organizational Psychology

Garnett S. Stokes became the 23rd president of the University of New Mexico in 2018. She previously served as interim chancellor, provost and executive vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Missouri; provost and executive vice president for academic affairs and interim president at Florida State University; and as faculty, department chair, and dean of UGA’s Franklin College of Arts and Sciences. At the University of Missouri, she built a leadership team dedicated to student success and directed the establishment of the Office of Civil Rights and Title IX. As interim president at FSU, she created a task force to address sexual and domestic violence and led the Diversity and Inclusion Council committee on Recruitment and Retention.

President Stokes’ research has focused specifically on the use of biographical information in job selection and promotion decisions. She has helped businesses, government agencies, and Fortune 500 companies to develop hiring procedures. She is a fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, the American Psychological Association, and the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology.

A first-generation college graduate, President Stokes earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Carson-Newman College, and master’s and doctoral degrees from UGA in Industrial and Organizational Psychology.


Susan C. Waltman AB Sociology, MSW Social Work

Susan C. Waltman is the executive vice president for legal, regulatory and professional affairs for the Greater New York Hospital Association (GNYHA), which represents the interests of 150 hospitals and health care systems across the New York region. Ms. Waltman oversees the legal, regulatory and professional affairs matters involving GNYHA and its affiliated companies, as well as GNYHA’s emergency preparedness and response activities. Prior to joining GNYHA in 1987, she was general counsel for the Medical College of Pennsylvania as well as an associate in the Philadelphia office of Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP.

Ms. Waltman serves on the boards of the UGA Foundation and the UGA Research Foundation and acts as a volunteer ambassador for UGA in the New York area, sharing her insights about UGA’s commitment to excellence with fellow alumni. She has served on the advisory boards of the University’s Honors Program and College of Public Health, where she has helped support internships, scholarships and public health outreach. Additionally, Ms. Waltman hosts interns from UGA at GNYHA each summer, allowing them to gain real-life experience in public health.

Ms. Waltman graduated from UGA with a bachelor of arts degree in 1973 and a master’s degree in social work in 1975. She earned a law degree from Columbia University Law School in 1977.

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