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$1 million gift will expand Civil War era studies at UGA

$1 million gift will expand Civil War era studies at UGA

As the nation prepares to mark the 150th anniversary of the deadliest war in its history, a gift from Amanda and Henry D. “Greg” Gregory Jr. of Atlanta is expanding Civil War era studies at the University of Georgia for faculty and students alike.

The Gregorys have given a $1 million gift to establish the Amanda and Greg Gregory Chair in the Civil War Era in the UGA department of history, part of the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences. An additional $50,000 from the Gregorys will support research in Civil War era studies for graduate students and faculty members, while another $10,000 gift will bring a prominent historian to UGA this fall to conduct special seminars with students and to deliver a public lecture.

“Private support is crucial to advancing the important work of public higher education,” said UGA President Michael F. Adams. “The Gregorys have combined their passion for Civil War studies with a generous and significant financial commitment to advance that work in the history department at UGA, and we are deeply grateful to them.”

Greg retired as president and CEO of the commercial real estate firm Industrial Developments International in 2007, after a long and successful career. He attended UGA’s Grady College of Journalism from 1962-66 and has supported his alma mater in several ways, including serving as a member of the Terry College of Business board of advisers and delivering guest lectures to students there. He currently serves as an advisory trustee to the Arch Foundation for the University of Georgia and is a member of the Franklin College Dean’s Council. Amanda earned her bachelor of science degree in education in 1969 and taught in public and private elementary schools in Atlanta for more than a decade.

In their 40 years of marriage, the Gregorys have had a continuing fascination with American history and how the threads of the past weave into the fabric of today. Greg serves on the advisory board that oversees George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens, and Amanda is passionate about ensuring that future generations of Americans have an accurate understanding of the people and forces that have shaped the nation.

In October, historian Victoria Bynum, author of The Long Shadow of the Civil War: Southern Dissent and Its Legacies (UNC Press, 2010), will be the history department’s Gregory Guest Lecturer.

“We are very grateful to the Gregorys for recognizing and supporting the scholarship of the faculty and students in our history department,” said Garnett Stokes, dean of the Franklin College. “They are wonderful partners in our mission, and their gifts take an already strong department to a new level of national prominence.”