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Steve Smith earned bachelor's and master's degrees from UGA.

TBS executive, UGA alumnus will deliver keynote address at BFSO scholarship luncheon

Steve Smith, vice president of corporate responsibility for Turner Broadcasting System Inc., will deliver the keynote address at the Black Faculty and Staff Organization’s fifth annual Founders Award Scholarship Luncheon, which will be held from noon–1:30 p.m., Sept. 5 at the Georgia Center for Continuing Education Conference Center and Hotel.

Smith, who earned a bachelor’s degree in English education in 1986 and a master’s degree in educational management in 1991,   both from UGA. He currently serves as the liaison between TBS and  elected officials and community leaders.

He said he is honored to speak at the event, which includes a presentation of two $500 scholarships to one undergraduate and one graduate student.

“I look forward to my return to the UGA campus because it was an outstanding experience and education for me on the undergraduate and graduate level,” he said. “I look forward to sharing with faculty, staff, students and guests how incredible the benefits of a UGA education really are.”

Smith makes an ideal choice for the event because of his long tenure as a public servant, said Randy Groomes, director of multicultural programs for the Alumni Association.

In addition to his role at TBS, Smith sits on several boards of directors and advisers in metro Atlanta and has been appointed to special task forces by Georgia
Gov. Sonny Perdue and Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin.

“I’m very excited to have Steve Smith deliver this year’s keynote address because he’s one of our alumni, and he’ll be able to highlight the civic responsibilities of leadership and citizenship that we hope our students strive to achieve,” Groomes said.

Sponsored by BFSO, the annual luncheon raises money for scholarships, which honor two students who show outstanding leadership and scholarship at the university.

Tickets can be purchased by contacting Groomes,  who is also chair of the luncheon planning committee, at (706) 542-8158 or, or co-chair Mark Dawkins at (706) 542-3632 or An invoice will be provided upon request.

Tickets for the luncheon are $30 per seat or $240 per table, with a table seating eight. Proceeds from the luncheon directly benefit the scholarship program. No tickets will be sold at the door.