UGA Foundation elects new trustees, including alumna Betsy Cox and the library's Marie Mize

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Athens, Ga. - The University of Georgia Foundation elected five new trustees and accorded five trustees emeritus status during its annual meeting June 14-15 in St. Simons Island, Georgia.

The board voted unanimously to elect Mitchell J. “Mitch” Green, Nancy C. Juneau, Seth L. Knight III, Charles E. “Charlie” Knox and Richard H. “Rick” Pennell Jr. to the board. The new members will join current trustees to make a 39-member board.

Three advisory trustees, Betsy C. Cox, Elisha W. Finney and Delos H. “Dee” Yancey III, were also elected to assist foundation committees in defining and achieving their strategic goals.

“We are honored to welcome these impressive new members to our board,” said Bill Douglas, chairman of the University of Georgia Foundation Board of Trustees. “Their skills and expertise will add tremendous value to an already robust group of committed individuals.”

Elected trustees:

Mitchell J. “Mitch” Green, of Savannah, is the chief executive officer of Investment Performance Services LLC, where he is responsible for the day-to-day management of the firm as well as client relationships and marketing efforts in the Southeast. He earned his bachelor’s degree in finance from UGA in 1984.

Nancy C. Juneau, of Atlanta, and her husband, Les, founded Juneau Construction Co. in 1997 and have since built commercial construction projects for public and private sector clients across the Southeast. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the UGA College of Education in 1982.

Seth L. Knight III, of Columbus, co-founded Knight-Rawls, an executive and employee benefits firm. He was a letterman on the UGA men’s golf team from 1980 to 1982 and earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from UGA in 1982.

Charles E. “Charlie” Knox, of Augusta, is a financial advisor at Raymond James & Associates with over 20 years of experience. He earned a bachelor’s degree in history from UGA in 1987.

Richard H. “Rick” Pennell Jr., of Greenville, South Carolina, is president and chief executive officer of Metromont, a pioneer in the engineering and manufacturing of precast concrete for schools, office buildings and parking decks to industrial plants and stadiums. He earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from UGA in 1981.

Advisory trustees:

Betsy C. Cox, of Jacksonville, Florida, is shareholder with Rogers Towers, P.A. and concentrates in the area of complex commercial, bankruptcy and estate litigation. She earned her law degree from UGA in 1980.

Elisha W. Finney, of San Francisco, retired as the chief financial officer of Varian Medical Systems Inc. in 2017. She earned her bachelor’s degree in risk management and insurance in 1983.

Delos H. “Dee” Yancey III, of Rome, serves as the chairman, chief executive officer and president of State Mutual Insurance Co.

Ex-officio, non-voting trustees:

Ammishaddai Grand-Jean, president of the Student Government Association.

Marie R. Mize, president of the university staff council. She is also the circulation manager for the UGA Law Library. 

Libby Morris, interim provost for the University of Georgia.

Ex-officio, voting trustee:

Andrew P. Owsiak, chair of the executive committee of the university council. He is also an associate professor of international affairs.

The UGA Foundation Board of Trustees also accorded emeritus status during its June meeting to five trustees whose terms draw to a conclusion on June 30: Garry W. Bridgeman, Samuel D. “Sam” Holmes, John S. Neel Jr., Thomas H. “Trey” Paris III and William D. “Bill” Young Jr.

“It’s with our deepest gratitude that we thank our outgoing trustees, all of whom have served with great distinction,” said Douglas. “We are incredibly grateful for their years of commitment and generosity in supporting our priorities.


Writer: Danielle Bezila, 706-542-3226,
Contact: Karin Usry, 706-542-8385,

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The University of Georgia Foundation Board of Trustees
The UGA Foundation, established in 1937, stewards donor funds with a strong record of fiscal and financial management success. With an investment of over $1 billion and assets that total approximately $1.3 billion, the UGA Foundation provides an average of more than $65 million annually to UGA to advance its mission of teaching, research and public service.

The UGA Foundation Board of Trustees oversees the foundation’s work. Trustees lead and promote fundraising activities, accept and steward donor funds, and manage the financial assets of the foundation for the long-term benefit and enhancement of the university. Trustees also offer broad advice, consultation and support to university leadership.