May 9, 2009
09-095

Thressea Boyd
Director of Communications

President's Medallion Presented to University Supporters

VALDOSTA--President Patrick J. Schloss established the President’s Medallion to recognize individuals who have demonstrated remarkable generosity of time and personal resources to Valdosta State University. Today, as part of the 4 p.m. spring commencement ceremony, three Valdosta couples were presented with the President’s Medallion, a silver emblem engraved with the likeness of West Hall.

“The President’s Medallion is the highest honor given through direct authority of the university,” said Schloss. “The couples honored today have distinguished themselves through various philanthropic efforts and, in doing so, have distinguished the university.”

Ed and Mary Crane’s involvement with VSU spans several decades--"including an integral role in the establishment of the Valdosta Symphony where Ed served as a founding board member. As chairperson of South Georgia Pecan and former member and chair of the VSU Foundation Board of Trustees, Ed is an advocate for building partnerships between the university and community. The Crane’s understand the importance of private support for public education and social enrichment.

Jerry and Kay Jennett’s contributions to the university extend beyond monetary gifts--Jerry has served on presidential and other search committees and has twice chaired the VSU Foundation Board of Trustees. Kay serves as a member of the Symphony Guild and her artistic abilities have enhanced numerous events on campus, including the recent Blazin’ Hot Night dinner and auction. The Jennett’s have funded numerous scholarships that help attract the most talented and gifted students within athletics and music.

Harley and Eileen Langdale have demonstrated extraordinary commitment to VSU. Harley and his wife, Eileen, an alumna of Georgia State Womans College, have donated several pieces of artifacts and papers from their private collection to the university that are now exhibited on campus in Pound Hall. In 2001, in recognition of the Langdale’s generosity, the College of Business Administration was named in Harley’s honor. The gift has provided significant growth and allowed the college to bring the most talented students and faculty to the Langdale College of Business Administration.

“Today we celebrate a new tradition that publicly shows our appreciation to these individuals who have demonstrated remarkable generosity of time, skills and personal resources,” Schloss said. “We are deeply indebted and in awe of your generosity and thank you for exhibiting true Blazer spirit.”