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Alumni Association has new president, board members

Brian Dill
Brian Dill

Brian Dill begins two-year term as president

The University of Georgia Alumni Association Board of Directors has elected a new president, Brian Dill, and approved seven new board members. Their terms began July 1.

Dill has served on the UGA Alumni Association Board of Directors since 2007 and will serve as president for two years. He succeeds Bonney Shuman, whose term concluded June 30.

Dill is the vice president of external affairs for Tanner Health System and the executive director of the Tanner Foundation in Carrollton. He has spent 17 years in corporate and industrial business development and recruitment as an economic development executive in several Georgia communities as well as the COO for the Georgia Department of Community Affairs. Prior to that, he served as a federal and state lobbyist for the Georgia Farm Bureau.

“Brian has been an especially valued member of our board for a number of years,” said Meredith Gurley Johnson, executive director of alumni relations. “He has been a strong servant leader among this group of passionate alumni, helping to guide our strategic direction and offering to lend a hand whenever he can. A truly loyal Bulldog—with the passion to match!”

Dill is a native of Irwin County, Georgia. He graduated from the University of Georgia in 1994 with a bachelor’s degree in political science and was a member of the Redcoat Band. This year, he earned a Master of Business Administration from the Terry College of Business. Dill’s wife, Carmen, is a 1995 UGA graduate and a teacher at Carrollton High School. The couple resides in Carrollton with their son, Mason.

The alumni who are joining Dill on the board on July 1 include:

  • Anne Beckwith, community volunteer in Atlanta
  • Travis Bryant, president/CEO of Coastal Plywood Company in Tallahassee, Florida
  • J. Callaway, founder and CEO of Onward Reserve in Atlanta
  • Cathy Fish, associate veterinarian at Georgia Veterinary Associates in Flowery Branch, Georgia
  • Kevin A. Gooch, partner-finance group at DLA Piper LLP (US) in Atlanta
  • Camille Kesler, executive director of Rebuilding Together Atlanta and owner of Smallcakes Cupcakery in North Druid Hills
  • Mark Mohoney, co-founder of Jackrabbit Technologies in Cornelius, North Carolina

The UGA Alumni Association Board of Directors works with Alumni Association and campus staff to promote, support and advance the programs and services that are offered by the UGA Alumni Association to the university community, especially the more than 324,000 living alumni around the world.

“These new board members represent a variety of alumni experiences at the University of Georgia,” said Johnson. “Their advice and perspectives are invaluable for my team as we work to engage alumni in meaningful ways.”

To view the full list of UGA Alumni Association Board of Directors, visit