Clayton State University Vice President for External Relations Kate Troelstra has announced that Director of Development Reda Rowell will be leaving Clayton State at the end of November to become the Executive Director of the Georgia Southwestern Foundation at Georgia Southwestern State University in Americus, Ga.
“This is a tremendous opportunity for Reda, but we will miss her,” says Troelstra. “For the past 16 years Reda has been committed to Clayton State University; first in Continuing Education, then in External Relations. During her time with development she has created endowments, hosted fundraising and recognition events, and secured resources for every college and division on campus. Clayton State is better off because of her efforts.”
Rowell is an April 2012 graduate of the University System of Georgia’s (USG) eight-month-long Executive Leadership Institute (ELI), a comprehensive 120-hour development program conducted by experts in leadership that allows scholars to enhance their leadership skills to prepare for potential high-level advancement within the USG.
The ELI targets the most talented individuals currently in faculty and staff leadership positions such as chair, dean, executive director (or equivalent) and above. It is designed exclusively for high potential individuals who desire to progress into senior leadership roles.
While at Clayton State, Rowell led the effort to secure Clayton State Foundation’s first million dollar gift, a naming gift for the University’s “signature” building, the James M. Baker University Center. She has also directed Clayton State’s remarkably successful yearly Faculty/Staff Fund Drive, which has regularly drawn a participation rate in excess of 90 percent, averaging 95 percent over the past 10 years, and topping out twice at 100 percent participation.
She also served as the Clayton State Foundation’s liaison, providing leadership for the creation and operation of CSU Foundation Real Estate I LLC and CSU Foundation Real Estate II LLC, the LLC’s responsible for the building of Laker Hall, the University’s first on-campus housing, and the Student Activities Center. Thus, along with her efforts on behalf of the Baker Center, Rowell has played a seminal role in Clayton State’s three largest and most distinctive buildings.
Rowell holds of three degrees from Clayton State, an Associate’s degree in 1993, a Bachelor of Business Administration with Management Concentration in 1998, and a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies with a History Concentration in 2009.
She began her Clayton State career in August 1996, in the Division of Continuing Education. From February 2001 to February 2006, she served as both director of Development and director of Alumni Relations, relinquishing the latter role when the University hired its first full-time director of Alumni Relations. Rowell was also the founding president of Sigma Beta Delta, the School of Business Honor Society, in 1999.
A resident of Jonesboro, Rowell has been heavily involved in the community since starting a 15-year career at Loggins & Associates, a CPA firm, in August 1981. Among the highlights of her community work have been serving on the board of the Clayton County Chamber of Commerce from 1991 to 1997, including serving as vice chair of the Small Business Committee, during which time (in 1995) she was named the Chamber’s “Pacesetter of the Year.”
A two- time finalist for Clayton County Businesswoman of the Year, Rowell also sat on the Board of Directors of Arts Clayton from 1995 to 2006, serving two terms as president. A member and past president (2006/2007) of the Lake Spivey Rotary Club, she was made an international Paul Harris Fellow for service to the club
Rowell comments that while she is excited about this new opportunity, she will miss the many friendships and working relationships that she has enjoyed for the past 31 years.
“Accepting a new opportunity within the University System was easy – actually leaving the community is much more difficult,” she says.