ALBANY -- On Friday, five new members began their first terms on ASU's Foundation board. The five include a clergyman, a fomer attorney and members of the business community.
"We are very pleased with the appointment of the new board members. They represent the best in our community and have evidenced their support of Albany State University through their service on the foundation board," said ASU Vice President for Institutional Advancement Clifford Porter Jr.
The new foundation members are:
-- Daniel Simmons, senior pastor of Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Albany. The ASU alumnus also serves on the board of directors at SunTrust Bank and is the recipient of numerous awards, including the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives;
-- James Griffin, a licensed funeral director and owner of Poteat Funeral Home. Griffin is a member of the National Funeral Directors and Morticians Association and Georgia Funeral Service Practitioners Association;
-- Titus Lee Davis Jr., tissue business leader for Procter & Gamble. Davis has been employed with the company more than 20 years;
-- Joycia Ricks, a retired attorney and ASU alumna. She became president of the Albany State University National Alumni Association in June 2012;
-- Graham Edwards, dealer principal at Albany Honda and former market area specialist with the Ford Motor Co. He has more than 20 years of automotive experience, and his family has worked in the automotive industry since the 1920s.
ASU foundation members are elected by board members and serve three-year terms.