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Godsey's Tenure Spans Two Generations Of Family
May 12, 2006

Media Contact:
Mark Vanderhoek
(478) 301-4037
(478) 952-5514

WHO:        Members of the Class of 2006 whose parents also graduated during the presidency of retiring Mercer University President and CEO R. Kirby Godsey, including the Rev. Craig Williamson, CLA ’80, and his wife, Catherine Madsen Williamson, CLA ’78, MSE ’80, and their daughter, Andilyn Williamson, CLA ’06.


WHAT:      Photo and interview opportunities with graduating students and their alumni parents.


WHEN:      Saturday, May 13, 30 minutes after the main Macon Commencement (approximately 12:30 to 12:45 p.m.).


WHERE:    Jesse Mercer Plaza across the Mercer Quad from the R. Kirby Godsey Administration Building.


WHY:         President Godsey will be stepping down at the end of June after more than 27 years at the helm of the University. His long tenure has allowed him to participate in the commencements of generations of Mercerians. Numerous multi-generation families will be in attendance to watch their graduates at the main Macon Commencement, and to watch President Godsey preside over it. The Rev. Williamson and his wife, Catherine, participated in Godsey's first spring commencement as graduates in 1980 and will now watch their daughter, Andilyn, graduate in one of Godsey’s last commencements as president before he retires and becomes chancellor in July.


Media interested in covering the event should contact Mark Vanderhoek at (478) 301-4037 or (478) 952-5514.