Alumni in the News

Tim Golden

Tim Golden earned a Bachelors of Arts in History from Valdosta State University in 1977.  He was recently named chariman of the Georgia State Transportation Board. READ MORE

Matthew Holley 

Matthey Holley earned a Master of Education in Adult and Career Education from Valdosta State University in 2015.  He was recently named the Georgia State Air Force Association STEM Teacher of the Year.  READ MORE

Tanguler Gray

Tanguler Gray earned a Bachleor of Fine Arts degree in Accounting fro Valdosta State University in 1991.  She was recently named president of the National Child Support Enforcement Association's Board of Directors. READ MORE

Dr. Beverley Richardson-Blake

Dr. Beverley Richardosn- Blake earned a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education in 1978, a Master of Education in Early Childhood Education in 1981, a Master of Education in Educational Administration-Supervision in 1985, and an Education Specialist in Early Childhood Education in 1987, all from Valdosta State University.  She serves as a senior advisor at VSU.  She was recently recognized in The Valdosta Daily Times for her legacy of service to others. READ MORE

Jon Benson

Jon Benson earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Mass Media from Valdosta State University in 2013.  He was recently named Director of Video Production for the Forsyth County News. READ MORE

Mackenzie Thompkins

Mackenzie Thompkins earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from Valdosta State University in 2005. He was recently named Vice President and Senior Relationship Manager for Business Banking at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. READ MORE

Dana Glass

Dana Glass earned her Master of Social Work from Valdosta State University in 2001. She wad recently named Chief Executive Officer of Aspire Behavioral health and Developmental Disability Services. READ MORE

Alphonso Sanders

Alphonso Sanders earned a Master of Music Education from Valdosta State University in 1990.  He was recently named Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Lincol University in Missouri. READ MORE

John Lester

John Lester earned a Doctor of Public Administration from Valdosta State University in 2014. He was recently named Vice President for University Communications and Marketing at Georgia Southern University. READ MORE

Deryl Seckinger

Deryl Seckinger earned a Doctor of Public Administration from Valdosta State University in 2018. He was recently named Chief of Police for East Georgia State College. READ MORE

Debra Lightsey

Debra Lightsey earned a Master of Education in School Guidance and Counseling in 2003 and an Education Specialist in Educational Leadership in 2014 from Valdosta State University. She was recently named Assistant Principal at Odum Elementary School in Colquitt County, Georgia. READ MORE

Brent Watts

Brent Watts earned a Masters  Degree in Physical Education from Valdosta State University in 2007. He was recently named principal of Daughtry Elementary School in Jackson, Georgia.  READ MORE

Marie Guest

Marie earned an Education Specialist in Instructional Technology from Valdosta State University in 2007. She was recently named Instructor of the Year at North Florida Community College. READ MORE

Janice Rago

Janice Rago earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art from Valdosta State University in 2009. She was recently selected by the City of Valdosta Public Art Advisory Committee to be the muralist for a Downtown Valdosta Mural Project. READ MORE

Matt Crews

Matt Crews earned a Bachelor of Science in Education from Valdosta State University in 2009. He was recently named head coach of the Colquitt County High School baseball team. READ MORE

Mark Bassford

Mark Bassford earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from Valdosta State University in 2007. He was recently appointed to the Georgia Department of Economic Development Advisory Board. He is president of Bassford Companies, including Warehouse Rentals, Bassford Industrial Construction, and Bassford Packaging. READ MORE

Josh Branan

Josh Branan earned a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from Valdosta State University in 2005. He was recently named head coach of the Tennessee Wesleyan University volleyball team.  READ MORE

Gary Goff

Gary Goff earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from Valdosta State university in 1996. He is head coach of the Blazer football team and recently offered some advice on recruiting. READ MORE