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New Hires, Promotions & Retirements

Retirement celebrations held for King and Tracy

July was an eventful month in terms of retirement celebrations, as GSW faculty and staff celebrated the retirements of Vice President for Business and Finance Cody King and GSW Public Safety Chief Mike Tracy.

A drive-by retirement celebration was held July 9, 2020 for Chief Tracy.

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A parade and retirement party were held on July 21, 2020 for Cody King.

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K. Conwell joins RCI

K. Conwell SmithK. Conwell Smith, based in Washington, D.C., was recently named Program Director for Operation Family Caregiver (OFC), the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving’s (RCI) signature military program. Smith has over 25 years of experience in policy. During that time, she worked on sweeping health care legislation from the Balanced Budget Act to the Patients’ Bill of Rights to the Affordable Care Act. Most recently, she was founder of Inside Pitch Government Affairs LLC, a consulting firm committed to the development of sound policy and project management through strategic advocacy. 

Prior to launching Inside Pitch, Smith served over eight years as Vice President of Legislation and Political Affairs for the Federation of American Hospitals (FAH). Smith also served as Senior Health Policy Advisor for the Senate Budget Committee where she was lead advisor to the Chairman on private health insurance, market-based reforms, medical liability reform, medical cost and quality initiatives, and access to health care and the uninsured.

After first leaving Capitol Hill in the late ’90s, she led the American Medical Association’s sustainable growth rate repeal campaign in the Ways and Means Committee during debate of the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement and Modernization Act of 2003. Smith has served as Senior Director, Government Relations for the National Retail Federation; Assistant Director of the American Medical Association’s Division of Congressional Affairs; and a Legislative Specialist with the American Society of Clinical Oncology.

Her extensive Congressional experience includes serving as Senior Legislative Assistant for former Rep. Sue W. Kelly (R-NY); Legislative Assistant for former Rep. William J. Martini (R-NJ); and a Legislative Correspondent for former Rep. Herbert H. Bateman (R-VA). She began her Capitol Hill career as an intern for former Sen. John W. Warner (R-VA).

A.J. Clark named Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach

AJ-BaskThe Georgia Southwestern State Athletics Department has hired A.J. Clark as the assistant men's basketball coach and Head Men's Cross Country coach.

"I am thrilled we have the opportunity to bring in such a talented young coach like AJ," said Aaron Coombs, Head Men's Basketball coach. "AJ checks all the boxes that I was looking for in an assistant." 

The Burlington, N.C., native played collegiately at NCAA Division II Pfeiffer University under current Young Harris College Head Coach Jeremy Currier. As a four year captain, Clark helped lead the Falcons to a regular season Conference Carolinas Championship, NCAA Tournament appearance and a NABC national ranking (#22). As a senior, he was a pivotal part in helping guide the Falcons to become the No. 1 offense in the entire country. The 2016-2017 Falcons led the nation in four statistical categories along with breaking 11 school records and going a perfect 14-0 at home. During his career with the Falcons, he was named 3rd Team All American, 1st Team All-Region, Conference Carolinas Player of the Year, a 3-time All-Conference Carolinas selection and 2017 Pfeiffer Co-Male Athlete of the Year. He is one of three players in school history with at least 1,800 points, 400 assist and 200 made three pointers. 

Read more about A.J. here.

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