Alumni in the News

Caleb Jamal Brown

Caleb Jamel Brown earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art in 2016 from Valdosta State University. He is currently involved with MINT, an Atlanta-based art gallery and arts organization, and has served as an artist in residence around the globe. His exhibit, “Growing Pains,” was recently shown at the Plough Gallery in Tifton, Georgia. READ MORE

Alvin Williams

Alvin Williams earned an Education Specialist in Educational Leadership in 2015 from Valdosta State University. He is currently serving his first year as principal of Bradwell Institute in Hinesville, Georgia. READ MORE

Johnnie Marshall

Johnnie Marshall earned a Bachelor of Science in Education in Middle Grades Education in 2010, a Master of Education in Middle Grades Education in 2013, and a Doctor of Education in Leadership in 2018 from Valdosta State University. He earned the 2019 Milken Educator Award and currently serves as assistant principal of the Valdosta Early College Academy. READ MORE

Dr. Charles G. Howell

Dr. Charles G. Howell earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology in 1970 from Valdosta State University. He was recently named Chief Executive Officer of Augusta University Medical Associates. READ MORE

Father Jason Patrick Adams

Father Jason Patrick Adams earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Valdosta State University in 2006. He was recently named the new parochial vicar at St. John Evangelist Church in Valdosta and the San Jose Mission in Lake Park. READ MORE

Dr. Justin Vining 

Dr. Justin Vining earned a Bachleor of Science in Biology from Valdosta State University in 2003. He recently expanded his pediatric cardiology practice to Valdosta. He also practices in Tallahassee, Florida. READ MORE

Bryce Ethrdge

Bryce Ethridge earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Valdsota State University in 2019. He was recently hired as a reporter for the Moultrie Observer. READ MORE

Stan Crance

Stan Crance earned a Bachleor of Business Administration in Management from Valdosta State University in 2005. He was recently appointed by the Southern Georgia Regional Commission Lending Department to the Loan Board of Directors for the Southern Georgia Area Resource Development Agency and the Southern Georgia Area Development Corporation. He has served as the director of business recruitment and existing industry with the Valdosta-Lowndes Development Authority since 2015. READ MORE

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