G. Robert Oliver Among Those Who Signed the Charter to Establish the University in 1974
Clayton State University, in partnership with the Clayton State University Foundation, has proclaimed June 21, 2016 as G. Robert Oliver Day.
The late G. Robert Oliver, charter member of the Board of Trustees for the Clayton State
University Foundation, was among those who signed the charter in 1974 creating the then-Clayton State Junior College Foundation, served as chairman in 1999 and was granted emeritus status in 2001. G. Robert Oliver emphasized the importance of education, leadership, and the legal profession in his every day life.
Oliver played a significant role in the University’s development over the years, being a vocal advocate and trusted advisor. In 2001, he was awarded an honorary doctorate from Clayton State President Dr. Thomas K. Harden who noted that he exemplified the ideals of public service, conscientious stewardship of public resources, private enterprise, and dedication to family and the community.
Oliver had many other notable contributions to the University. He served as Manager for the Foundation’s first LLC, which was responsible for building the Student Activity Center and Laker Hall in 2007, making the University a residential campus for the first time in its history. Also, in 2013, the law firm of Freeman, Mathis, & Gary, recognizing his long-time commitment to the University and the legal profession, created and endowed the G. Robert Oliver Scholarship for Legal Studies that forever links him to the University.
Through his commitment and generous contributions, G. Robert Oliver forever changed Clayton State University for the better and positioned the University for future success. His positive impact will long be felt by our faculty, staff, students, alumni, and friends. It is only fitting that we celebrate this day in his honor.