Elizabeth’s parents are UGA alumni and have been longtime supporters of the university. So while the Richards had been connected to UGA long before their children enrolled, they had not identified how to build their own relationship with the university until they were introduced to the PLC in 2014. The Richards, who are now the chairs of the Parents Leadership Council, have appreciated the opportunity to connect with parents from across the state and the country.
“We, as a family, have chosen a fairly large university,” said Elizabeth. “I believe students and parents alike can have a better experience if you can figure out a way to make the university feel smaller. The Parents Leadership Council is a great way for a parent to do just that.”
The PLC is a group of highly engaged parents who are eager to be involved on campus and make a direct impact on undergraduate student life. One of the council’s priorities is to enhance the Parents Leadership Council Grant Fund. Through an annual financial commitment, the 220 current PLC members fund scholarships, support critical undergraduate needs and assist student organizations for projects and programs which enhance the quality of life for undergraduates. Since its inception 2000, the council has awarded grants totaling over $2 million to support undergraduate student organizations and is the No. 1 supporter of the President’s Venture Fund.
“Through the grants process, the council has introduced us to incredible UGA students who we otherwise would not have met,” said Ken. “It gives you a lot of faith in the next generation seeing how smart and driven these kids are.”