The Georgia Southern University Alumni Association “40 Under 40” Class of 2023 was recognized at a ceremony on Sept. 29 at the Statesboro Convention & Visitors Bureau. The annual honor recognizes young alumni who have made significant strides in business, leadership, community, educational or philanthropic endeavors.
“Tonight, we gather to shine a spotlight on the remarkable achievements of our outstanding young alumni,” said Ava Edwards (‘19), executive director of the Alumni Association. “We are so thankful to be gathered here together to celebrate Georgia Southern University, and to recognize the exemplary alumni it has produced. In their success, excellence, character and unwavering values, we find a reflection of the very best within us.
“Thank you to these remarkable professionals, innovative entrepreneurs, generous philanthropists and agents of change,” Edwards continued. “Their dedication to both their communities and this institution is a testament of their commitment to making the world a better place.”
The “40 Under 40” honorees were chosen by a selection committee that reviewed each individual’s professional expertise, achievements, dedication to charitable and community initiatives and their commitment to Georgia Southern.
Alumna Dennette Thornton (‘01), who serves as the director of ticket hospitality and travel programs for the Atlanta Falcons, Atlanta United FC and Mercedes-Benz Stadium and as the president of the Georgia Southern Alumni Association Board of Directors, also addressed the crowd.
“Each year, we recognize the best and brightest among us, and we are continually impressed with the excellence of each class,” Thornton said. “Our honorees tonight represent an incredible spectrum of excellence. We’re talking about major league sports professionals who’ve graced the biggest arenas, dedicated educators shaping the minds of tomorrow, wise judges administering justice, brilliant doctors and visionary CEOs leading industries into the future. Thank you for representing our alma mater with distinction.”
Curtis Williams (‘09), chairman of HHE Holdings and president-elect of the Alumni Association, shared the stage with Thornton.
“Georgia Southern alumni are not just successful; they’re trailblazers, occupying the highest positions in state government, steering the helm of influential industries and businesses, driving innovation in education and healthcare and so much more,” Williams told the crowd. “Tonight, we celebrate not just their achievements, but the spirit of Georgia Southern that thrives in every one of them.”
For the full list of “40 Under 40” Class of 2023 honorees and to learn more about the program, visit GeorgiaSouthern.edu/40Under40. The group will also be featured in the fall 2023 edition of Georgia Southern Magazine.