5/1/2010 - College President honored for 20 years of service
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College President Honored:
The Judson College Board of Trustees took time in their spring meeting on May 6 to offer congratulations to President David Potts on his 20th anniversary.
Potts began service as college president on July 1, 1990.
"What would Judson College be without David Potts?" asked trustee chair Charles Dunkin of Vestavia.
Dunkin noted that almost every building on campus had been rebuilt under Potts' leadership, and that there was virtually no endowment in 1990. Though Judson's investments have taken a hit in the current recession, endowment now is approximately $14 million.
Current president of the Alabama Baptist Convention, Dr. Jimmy Jackson of Whitesburg Baptist Church in Huntsville, attended the board meeting and presented a certificate of recognition on behalf of Alabama Baptists.
"I've learned that 84 percent of our Alabama Baptist churches have 200 members or less," Jackson said. "Our work goes forward not on the size of the church, but on the size of its leadership. Judson College is the smallest of our three Alabama Baptist colleges, but it has been fortunate to have the quality leadership and the high character of David Potts."
Jackson noted that Baptist missions have been affected by the current recession, and that he'd observed Potts' concern for the school and for the students in his past 18 months he's served as convention president.
The Rev. David Byrd, Judson trustee and pastor of the Northside Baptist church in Jasper, chaired a recognition committee appointed by the trustees. He was joined by Roy Barnett of Marion, Jackie Crowell of Enterprise, Dr. Judi Favor of Birmingham, Dr. Robin Hall of Cullman and Daphne Robinson of Daphne.
The committee presented Potts a crystal vase hand-etched with a likeness of the college's Jewett Hall, and a check for a summer vacation.
"We know that David is a homebody, so we're counting on (Mrs.) Beth Potts to be sure the family takes a vacation this summer!" Byrd joked at the presentation.
In his response, Potts said that no leader is any better than the people who work with him.
"I'm grateful for those who teach in our classrooms and those who serve in other ways. It's been my privilege to serve along with them," he said.
Potts, a Birmingham native, earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from Samford University and his Ph.D. from the University of Alabama. He served as Executive Vice President for Administration at Judson from 1987 until his election as president.
Photo Caption: Pictured Left to Right: Dr. David Potts with Dr. Jimmy Jackson
*Article courtesy of the Judson College Public Relations Department.