Morgan Law, who has been the president and CEO of the Robins Regional Chamber of Commerce since January 2012, has resigned to continue his education.
Law, 42, submitted his resignation July 1 to chamber board Chairwoman Sonya Jenkins, and his departure was formally announced during the board’s regular meeting Thursday. His last day in the office is July 25.
“I’m going to pursue a graduate degree,” he said. “It’s something I’ve always wanted to do.”
In September, Law will attend a one-year program at University of Glasgow in Scotland to earn a business degree. He is receiving a partial scholarship from the school.
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“I will be doing it full time,” he said. “It will be my job.”
Chamber board Chairwoman Sonya Jenkins said Law has a “such a great opportunity” to travel and pursue his dreams.
“I am sad to see him go, because he has contributed so much to the chamber,” Jenkins said. “One of the first of many tasks that he took on was to kind of give some definitive structure to some of the programming in our operations. Our members, our board, our volunteers and our staff have all definitely benefited from a lot of the changes.”
The chamber will immediately set up a search committee to find Law’s replacement.
“We don’t have any preconceived ideas about where our next CEO will come from,” Jenkins said. “We will select the best candidate from the best pool, with the best credentials and expectations and responsibilities that they are going to need for this particular chamber.”
The executive committee is “weighing all the options” about who will serve as CEO until a permanent replacement is found, she said.
Houston County Commission Chairman Tommy Stalnaker said Law will be missed.
“I think Morgan was one of the more personable people I’ve ever known,” Stalnaker said. “He didn’t meet a stranger. ... He was an organized person, and he liked to keep people informed and did a good job of that. He cared a lot for the community.”
Stalnaker said Law was “very instrumental” in helping bring the Little League Southeastern Region Headquarters to Warner Robins. The city beat out 18 other communities for the project.
“(Law) did a lot of the paperwork and helped bring individuals together behind the scenes to make that happen,” Stalnaker said.
“Regardless of what he took on, he gave it his level best,” he said.
Law said he is looking forward to a fly-fishing trip and traveling up the East Coast before he leaves for Scotland.
He has lived in Middle Georgia since 1997 when he became the president of the chamber in Forsyth. Since then, the chamber and development authority in Monroe County have merged. After nearly four years in Forsyth, he became executive director for the Houston County Development Authority, where he worked more than a decade.
It has been “a privilege” to work with the members, volunteers and staff at the chamber, he said.
“Middle Georgia is every bit as much home as Athens, where I grew up,” he said.
To contact writer Linda S. Morris, call 744-4223.