Olmstead as Trustees Board Member,
Haines as RAFB Liaison
Tommy Olmstead, chair of the Bibb County
Board of Commissioners, has joined the Macon State College Foundation
as a member of the Board of Trustees. Maj. Gen. Dennis G. Haines,
commander, Warner Robins Air Logistics Center, Robins Air Force
Base, is serving as liaison between the Macon State College
Foundation and the base.
Olmstead was CEO of American Office
Equipment Co. in Macon for 40 years, Olmstead began his political
career in 1976 when he was elected to the County Commission.
In 1986 he was elected to the Georgia Senate, where he served
three terms. Olmstead was elected mayor of Macon in 1991.
In 1995, he was appointed commissioner of the state Department
of Human Resources. Olmstead has been named to Georgia Trend
magazine's annual Top 100 Most Influential People in Georgia
list five times. He received a Georgia Commendation Medal
for his leadership role during relief efforts in the aftermath
of the Flood of 1994.
Haines was commissioned through the
ROTC program in 1968. He holds bachelor's and master's degrees
from the University of Wyoming, Laramie, and is a distinguished
graduate, Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala. He has
held various logistics management positions in supply, aircraft
maintenance and wholesale logistics at base, center and major
command levels. Haines was designated the Air Force's Outstanding
Company Grade Supply Officer in 1972 and was the first to
receive the General Lew Allen Award in 1983. As WRALC commander,
Haines is responsible for worldwide logistics support of the
F-15, C-5, C-141, C-130 and U-2 aircraft, helicopters, air-to-air
missiles, surface motor vehicles and high-tech airborne electronics.
The MSC Foundation Hits Its Stride in
a Successful Year Of Building Private Support for Macon State College
Once Macon State College became a baccalaureate institution in
1997, expanding the MSC Foundation was vital to ensuring the school
would succeed in its new mission.
As a senior college, Macon State would need considerably more private
support to create and maintain strong bachelor's degree programs.
One of Dr. David A. Bell's first moves as MSC president was to focus
the Foundation's efforts on fundraising to substantially increase
the college's endowment. The college added Central Georgia community
leaders in business, government and other sectors to the trustees
board, joining longtime members eager to help Macon State move to
an even higher level of excellence. Sue B. Chipman, who proved her
fundraising skills as executive director of Girl Scouts of Middle
Georgia Inc., joined the college as director of Development &
Four years later, the Foundation's assets have grown an astounding
1,100 percent - from $350,000 in 1997 to $4.2 million today. An
Annual Campaign to raise private resources is firmly established,
growing from $28,469 and 201 gifts in 1999 to $162,299 and 353 gifts
in 2001. The Annual Campaign includes gifts from Macon State faculty
and staff, about 70 percent of whom made contributions this year,
one of the highest rates of giving in the University System of Georgia.
The Foundation has also established a strategic plan outlining
fundraising goals and other objectives for the next four years.
The Foundation's goals include launching an aggressive, comprehensive
capital campaign, pending the outcome of a feasibility study, to
provide Macon State College with the means to recruit talented students,
faculty and administrators; establishing more endowed scholarships;
and financially supporting the educational and development activities
of Macon State College.
Chipman said the Foundation really hit its stride during the 2000-2001
"We have in place the volunteers and organizational infrastructure
to take the Foundation to the next level," she said. "The
Foundation is in a position to help ensure Macon State College has
the ability to achieve the highest level of excellence. We appreciate
the public support we get from the Board of Regents, but it's the
private investment that helps us excel. Private support is what
can make the difference between a good college and a college of
The MSC Foundation had an impressive record of achievement for
the 2000-2001 year. Among those accomplishments, the Foundation:
- Established two more endowed scholarships, the Evelyn Toler
Bickford Memorial Scholarship and the John Harris Memorial Scholarship.
- Continued its financial support of two Peyton Anderson Endowed
Chairs in Information Technology.
- Awarded existing scholarships totaling more than $52,000.
- Developed a formal process through which MSC faculty and staff
can request funding for special projects. Special projects the
Foundation supported this year included establishing activities
funds for each academic division; supporting a planned reasearch
project for Dr. Nick Yang, associate professor of chemistry; providing
award money for the Phi Theta Kappa essay contest; and providing
a stipend for the editor of The Matrix, the MSC student newspaper.
- Supported the Young Authors and Artists Conference at Morgan
Elementary School, an MSC-sponsored project.
- Provided additional funding for study abroad scholarships.
- Financially supported the "Cyberculture and the Humanities"
academic conference sponsored by the humanities division.
- Financially supported the MSC-sponsored Math Olympics for area
high school students.
- Sponsored receptions for scholarship recipients and donors and
faculty and staff who retired this year. The Foundation also sponsored
a luncheon for past retirees, and a reception for departing trustees
board member Beverly B. Martin, who was appointed U.S. District
Judge for the Northern District of Georgia. The Foundation also
sponsored a formal reunion of members of the MSC nursing degree
program's Class of 1975.
- Supported the Mayor's Technology Summit held at Macon State
- Sponsored a formal announcement of an Intellectual Capital Partnership
Program between Macon State College and Core Management Resources
Inc. Gov. Roy Barnes and Macon Mayor Jack Ellis participated in
the announcement, which took place in front of Core offices in
- Facilitated a $15,000 grant from the Stanley Smith Horticultural
Trust to support the development of Macon State's botanical garden
- Supported President's Awards given to faculty and staff members
for their exemplary service to the college