The Clayton State Alumni Association held its Officer Installation Ceremony on Thursday, Apr. 25, in Spivey Hall, marking the first time the Alumni Association conducted a separate standalone event to honor outgoing officers and recognize the incoming ones.
Foremost among the incoming officers is an individual for whom the honor is far from being a “first time.” New President Lanelle LaRue of Lake City, Ga., has twice previously served as president of the Clayton State Alumni Association, and is also one of the charter members of the Clayton State Alumni Association, dating back to 1991.
Joining LaRue as officers will be Vice President Larry Jordan (McDonough), Treasurer Jenny L. Rice (Newnan) and Secretary Marvin H. Bailey, Jr. (Stockbridge). All three are new to serving as Alumni Association officers.
LaRue grew up in the Veazey community of Greene County, Ga., the youngest of eight children. She earned her Associate Degree in Business from Clayton State in 1985, and has also earned numerous certificates from the Clayton State Division of Continuing Education. In addition to having now served three times as Alumni Association president, LaRue has also served as Vice president twice, secretary twice, and treasurer once, so it’s pretty safe to say she’s familiar with the workings of the association, including giving the Alumni Association’s Commencement address, which she did twice on Saturday, May 4.
Retired from Marriott Corporation after 33 years, she spent 10 years with Marriott In-Flite Services, moving up through several positions, and 23 years with the Atlanta Airport Marriott, eight years as a sales assistant and 15 years as operating manager of the business center. She received from Bill Tiefel, president of Marriott Lodging Group, the Tiefel Service Award for quality service and guest satisfaction in 1995.
LaRue has two sons and a daughter, two granddaughters, and her, “most recent interest, my new great grandson Emery Christopher Sink.”
In her spare time LaRue loves baking, gardening, hiking or anything outdoors.
Vice President Jordan, originally from New Jersey, now lives in McDonough. He has been an economic assistant with the
U.S. Department of Labor/Bureau of Labor Statistics in Atlanta since 2007, and a licensed realtor with
Keller Williams Realty Traditions in Stockbridge since 2006.
Jordan earned his Bachelors of Business Management with a concentration of Supply Chain Management and Logistics from Clayton State in the fall of 2006. His Clayton State resume is also one of the best. He’s served as the Alumni Board’s Membership and Business Plan chairman since 2007. While a student, he was the Atlanta Air Cargo Association Scholarship winner in 2005, and a Dean’s List student from 2004 to 2006. He even was the 2006/2007 Homecoming King and served as a student assistant in the Counseling Services and Financial Aid Departments, and for the University Rideshare Program.
“I love to watch and play sports including basketball and football,” he says of his leisure pursuits. “I am learning to play golf.
“I like to spend time with my family, travel to new places, learn about different cultures, and work out at the gym.”
Treasurer Rice is the budget manager for Southern Company Services (SCS). Since joining Georgia Power in 1991, she served in various roles, including assistant to the senior vice president of Metro Atlanta Regions and budget manager for Customer Service & Marketing, before joining SCS in 2010. She also served as the 2010 – 2011 Board Chair of the Club of Hearts, a Georgia nonprofit corporation funded by contributions from Georgia Power and Southern Company employees in metro Atlanta.
Like all four of the new officers, Rice has a business degree from Clayton State, in her case a 1991 BBA in Accounting. She also earned an MBA in Economics from Georgia State University in 1997. She is also a Certified Public Accountant. While attending Clayton State, she was involved in the Accounting Club and had the opportunity to prepare tax returns through the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. She also spent time as a tutor in the English lab.
In her spare time, she enjoys reading, exercising and playing golf. Rice and her husband, Chet, reside in Newnan, Ga.
Secretary Bailey is a 24 year old native of Macon, Ga., who currently lives in Stockbridge. In 2007, he enrolled at Clayton State to obtain a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing. He completed his degree in fall 2011.
In the spring of 2009, he was initiated into Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., through the Tau Epsilon Chapter. During his years a brother on campus, he served in several positions in the chapter including chapter president. He was also afforded the opportunity to serve in the national membership development process for Alpha Phi Alpha as a master trainer, where he still serves today.
Also while attending Clayton State, he sat on the Student Fees & Activity Advisory Board, was a Campus Life volunteer, and completed the inaugural Loch Leadership Institute. Due to his Photoshop skills, his work has been showcased through various mediums across campus, such as the 2012 Orientation SROW t-shirt, and the 2012 Homecoming t-shirt.
Currently an employee of Wells Fargo & Co., since graduation Bailey has transitioned into the Pi Gamma Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha. He aspires to return to school this fall to work on a Masters Degree in Divinity along with a Masters in Business Administration. Some of his hobbies include hanging out with friends, frat brothers, and being involved at his church, the Greater Traveler’s Rest Baptist Church.