Finalists named in UGA search for vice president for development and alumni relations

March 24, 2014

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Athens, Ga. - Two finalists have been named for the position of vice president for development and alumni relations at the University of Georgia.

As part of their final interviews, each of the candidates will visit the Athens campus to meet with members of the UGA community and make a public presentation from 9:30-10:30 a.m. in the Reception Hall of the Tate Student Center.

The finalists, their titles and the dates of their campus presentations are:

• Kelly Kerner, who has been senior vice president for development and alumni relations and secretary of the college at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, March 27; and

• Kenneth E. Sigmon Jr., who has been vice president of development for the Oklahoma State University Foundation, March 31.

The candidates' résumés are online at

A committee chaired by J. Griffin Doyle, vice president for government relations, conducted a national search to identify the finalists. The executive search firm Witt/Keiffer assisted the 19-member committee of faculty, staff, administrators, students and alumni. Kathy Pharr, chief of staff to the president, provided internal support for the committee.

"The committee was very pleased with the number of extraordinary applicants who were interested in this position," Doyle said. "We eagerly await the upcoming campus visits, when our two finalists will share their respective visions with the broader UGA community."

The next vice president for development and alumni relations at UGA will succeed Tom Landrum, who is retiring June 30 after nearly 40 years of service to the University of Georgia.


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