After graduating in 1993, Susan worked for 14 years in the Atlanta area. She spent time on the front lines of pharmacy customer service and also behind-the-scenes in the corporate world, managing teams in a division of Publix. She moved to Jacksonville Beach 11 years ago.
Susan first got involved with UGA as alumni council president for the College of Pharmacy, and as a liaison for Publix with UGA students. She became a board member of a fund drive in the early 2000s to build a new-state-of-the-art pharmacy building to replace the aging 1960s-era facility in which she’d taken classes.
The campaign put her in contact with board members, alumni, and donors. Through these relationships, Susan learned about UGA’s planned giving program. “This provided an entirely new way for me to give back,” as she put it.
Susan made a commitment to support her beloved alma mater by pledging to establish a new endowment. She envisioned it as another way to create a legacy benefiting students.
“I have personally assigned part of my estate from my profit plan and 401(k) to the University of Georgia Foundation,” she said. “It’s a deferred gift through the Office of Gift & Estate Planning, and it makes me a member of UGA’s Heritage Society. Through my deferred gift, an endowed professorship will be created to benefit the College of Pharmacy. I had not thought much before about the future, but through this commitment I’ll be leaving a legacy long after I’m gone. It will be helping the college and profession that I hold so dear.”