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CB&T Bank promotes two

CB&T Bank of Middle Georgia, a Synovus Bank, announced the promotions of Jan Douglass and Christie Drexler to senior vice presidents of CB&T. Drexler is responsible for the commercial banking segment of CB&T. She began her career with Synovus Financial Corporation in 2001 with Sumter Bank & Trust as vice president and manager of business development. In 2006, Drexler accepted a position within Synovus as regional sales manager. She then came to work at CB&T in 2007 as commercial lead and vice president. Drexler holds an associate’s of science degree in business administration from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, a bachelor’s of science in finance from Berry College, and a master’s of business administration from Georgia College & State University. Douglass will assume the role of community regional executive. She is charged with managing the retail, marketing and cash management segments of CB&T. With more than 20 years of experience, Douglass brings expert knowledge in a wide variety of banking segments. Douglass rejoined the CB&T team in 2006. She holds a bachelor’s of business administration in management from Georgia College & State University.

Beckham named vice president

CB&T Bank of Middle Georgia, a Synovus Bank, recently announced the promotion of Keith Beckham to group vice president of CB&T. Beckham will assume added responsibility of managing several commercial and business bankers, problem loan resolution and a segmented commercial loan portfolio within CB&T. Beckham joined CB&T in February 2009 as a commercial banker. He is involved in the Perry Rotary Club and the Perry Area Chamber of Commerce. Beckham attended Auburn University where he received his bachelor’s and master’s degree in agricultural economics.

Foulkes speaks at Ga. Southern

Georgia Southern University’s 2009 Distinguished Alumnus Award recipient, Dr. Guy D. Foulkes addressed the Department of Biology on the subject of “The Evolution and Adaptation of the Human Hand.” Foulkes, a member of the class of 1984, is past president of the Georgia Hand Society and Bibb County Medical Society and is currently on the board of directors for the Georgia Orthopaedic Society. Foulkes is chief of hand surgery at The Medical Center of Central Georgia, is an assistant clinical professor of surgery at Mercer University School of Medicine and is a partner at OrthoGeorgia in Macon.

Koohang wins computer educator award

Dr. Alex Koohang, dean of the School of Information Technology at Macon State College, has received the 2009 Computer Educator of the Year award from the International Association for Computer Information Systems.

The Computer Educator of the Year is the highest award given by the association. Recipients are chosen based on exceptional research and teaching skills, their significant contributions to information systems/technology and information system/technology education and a national or international reputation for outstanding work throughout the IT community.

In addition to teaching, Koohang is the co-author of six books and author or co-author of more than 60 international publications and academic proceedings.

He has made more than 50 national and international presentations, serves as editor-in-chief of the Interdisciplinary Journal of E-Learning and Learning Objects.

He is a former editor of the Interdisciplinary Journal of Knowledge & Management and serves as an editorial reviewer for the Journal of Computer Information Systems, International Journal of Information, Knowledge & Management and many others.

FVSU announces 2009-10 scholars

Fort Valley State University recently announced the 2009-10 Executive Leadership Institute scholars. Melody Carter and Elsie Ridley were selected from a pool of their associates based on experience, education and leadership potential.

According to Board of Regents Assistant Vice Chancellor for Professional Development Tina Woodard, “the leadership competencies these scholars have already acquired will be further enhanced as they participate in the structured and highly interactive leadership development experience that is ELI.”

Carter, vice president of external affairs, and Ridley, director of disbursements for accounting services, will begin ELI’s seven month training today.

Robins Federal makes donation

Robins Federal Credit Union made a corporate donation to the Bibb County Home Builder’s Association as a sponsor of the 2009 Parade of Homes that was held Sept. 11.

Robins Federal Credit Union is a not-for-profit cooperative financial service provider with 17 branches throughout Georgia.

Robins Federal currently provides financial services to more than 131,000 members with assets exceeding $1.2 billion.

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