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ABAC's Chason to retire as public relations chief

TIFTON -- Mike Chason announced Monday that he plans to retire on May 27 after 32 years of service as director of public relations at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.

"Every day at ABAC has been an adventure," Chason said. "I'm looking forward to many more adventures in the future."

Chason said he and his wife, Kris, plan to continue to live in Tifton, and he will run Chason Enterprises, a public relations consulting company, specializing in media placement.

The company also has a sports broadcasting branch, where Chason serves as the play-by-play voice of Tift County High School basketball and football teams on radio and television and as the play-by-play voice for Valdosta State University basketball team.

"Working at ABAC has allowed me to see how a college education really does change a person's life," Chason said. "Watching these freshmen develop from shy 18-year-olds to productive citizens in their communities in our great state and nation is an absolutely fabulous thing to see."

Chason was recently honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Georgia Education Advancement Council, a statewide organization composed of professionals in advancement, public relations, and alumni relations.

Chason served as president of GEAC in 1991 and received the GEAC award for Communications in 1994.

A native of Lakeland and a former sports editor of the Valdosta Daily Times, Chason received the prestigious E. Lanier Carson Award in 2002, which is presented to ABAC's top administrator.