Board of Visitors

The Board of Visitors is a select group of alumni, parents of alumni and friends of the college.

Board members work together to support both specific programs and the College as a whole – and to recruit and inspire others to do the same. They are invaluable ambassadors from the College to the community.

Current Members

150x150-placeholderMichelle Arrington Carolina earned her Masters of Business Administration in Marketing from Georgia State University in 1992. She has been an Executive Pharmaceutical Sales Representative with GlaxoSmithKline in Atlanta, Georgia since 2004. Michelle has been committed to the community as a member of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, the Chautauqua Circle, and as Treasurer for the Board of Directors for the Community Investment Network.
150x150-placeholderWilliam Balzer attended Georgia State University, graduating in August 1998 with a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies. A retired UPS executive, he currently serves on the Georgia State University Foundation Board of Trustees, and is the former Board President of Theatrical Outfit.
150x150-placeholderKay Craigie graduated from Georgia State in 1968 with a B.A. in Philosophy and went on to earn M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Folklore and Folklife Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. There she became interested in amateur radio and became active at the local and national level. In 2010 she was elected president of the American Radio Relay League, Inc., the national association for amateur radio in the United States. Kay currently resides in Blacksburg, Virginia with her husband Carter.
100x150-placeholderTom Gehl earned his M.A. in political science from Georgia State is 1998. He is currently director of Governmental Affairs for the Georgia Municipal Association. His office is responsible for representing the needs of city governments — from Adel to Zebulon — at the Georgia State Capitol. Prior to GMA, Tom worked under two lieutenant governors as the Senior Policy Analyst for the Georgia Senate Research Office. In that role, he served as the lead staff person for the Senate Natural Resources and Environment Committee, the Senate Transportation Committee, and the State and Local Governmental Operations Committee.
Michelle HixonKimberly Hixon earned her Masters of Business Administration in Management from Georgia State in 1998. Kimberly is a director for PriceWaterhouseCoopers, where she leads large scale healthcare technology and transformation projects.

Derek JacksonDerek Jackson graduated from Georgia State in 1997 with a B.A. in Religious Studies from the Department of Philosophy. He is currently co-owner of a family import business, which involves regular trips to manufacturers throughout Asia. He is involved with several non-profit organizations and currently serves on the Alumni Advisory Board for the Department of Religious Studies at Georgia State as well as the Sierra Club Georgia Chapter’s Walraven Council. He lives in Roswell with his wife, Gillian, and their two children, Georgia and Jack.
Carol Rowe JonesCarol Rowe Jones graduated from Spelman College; Atlanta, GA with a B.A. in Gerontology and with further study earned a Certificate in Gerontology from Georgia State University. She is the founder of Senior Information Network, Inc., a non-profit that provides health and service information that will enhance the quality of life issues for seniors throughout metropolitan Atlanta, Georgia. Currently Carol is a Program Specialist for Gwinnett County Senior Services and serves on the Board of the Georgia Gerontology Society (GGS). She is a member of Victory World Church in Norcross, GA.
150x150-placeholderRita Loventhal graduated from Georgia State with a B.A. in German. Currently, Rita is an Associate Financial Representative at Northwestern Mutual Financial. She has been awarded the Northwestern Mutual Community Service Award for her outstanding dedication to volunteerism. The award benefitted Hadassah, The Women’s Zionist Organization of American. Recently, she has become invested in the Georgia State Women’s Philanthropy Initiative.
Neely ButchieHelen deGolian Neely, best known as Butchie, is a talented artist and community volunteer; including serving as a tour guide for the Atlanta Beltline Partnership. Butchie began her education at Boston College in Chestnut Hill, MA, and completed her B.F.A. in Studio Art in 2002 at Georgia State University. Her husband is Alan S. Neely, chairman of the Georgia Trust for Public Land Advisory Board and retired executive with Korn/Ferry International.They are members of the Cathedral of Christ the King in Atlanta.
150x150-placeholderWilliam Pate was recently elected president and CEO of Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau. A former BellSouth executive, he serves the university on the GSU Foundation Board of Trustees, and has his B.A. in Journalism and M.C.O. from Georgia State.
150x150-placeholderThomas Reiman earned a B.A. in English in 1971 from Ga. State and a J.D. from Mercer University in 1974. He held various legal and management positions with the Regional Telephone Company, Ameritech, including President and CEO of Indiana Bell; President, Product Management at Ameritech, and, Sr. VP State and Govt. Affairs at Ameritech. He retired as Sr. VP Public Policy. After retirement he served for eight years as a Business Management Professor at The Lake Forest Graduate School of Business.
150x150-placeholderRandy Wade graduated from Georgia State 1989 with a B.A. in Political Science. He has worked as a Tax Accountant with several large Atlanta based companies and is currently the Director of Property and Transaction Taxes at AGL Resources.
150x150-placeholderRodney Wade graduated from the College of Arts and Sciences with a B.A. in English Literature in 1989. His professional career has involved Banking, Trust and Investments and he is currently managing a Banking Software Support and Implementation Team for Fiserv, Inc.
Ben Williams
Benjamin McKean Williams earned his Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Georgia State University in 2013 and a Master of Science in Educational Leadership from Miami University in 2015. He has served as an Associate Program Director at Georgia Tech since 2017 and as an administrator in Higher Education for the last 6 years. In addition to his work, he is a PhD student examining co-curricular interventions to support Student Success. Benjamin has been involved in the community and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Alumni Association at Georgia State as well as the Equality Foundation of Georgia.
Alan Kauffmann
Alan earned his Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Georgia State University in 1980. He is currently a National Account Director at TeleMed Medical Communications. In addition to serving on the College of Arts & Sciences Board of Visitors, Alan is a member of the GSU Alumni Board of Directors and the Panther Athletic Club. Alan is a strong supporter of the Creative Media Industries Institute at GSU.
Susan Eckert
Susan takes pride in her three degrees from GSU and career at Emory University and is an advocate for higher education and its impact on society. Starting with a BA in the College of A&S, and then MEd and PhD degrees from the CoEHD, she spent her career in academic and research administration at Emory University, retiring as Senior Associate Dean for Administration in the Woodruff School of Nursing. She is co-author of books and articles about faculty research career development and serves on the Advisory Committee of the CoEHD, the Associates Board of the Atlanta Botanical Garden, and was Chair of the Board of Georgia Piedmont Technical College.