Forward McDuffie President Don Powers accept the award

Thomson-McDuffie’s Don Powers won the Gulf-South Summit’s award for Outstanding Community Partner Contributions to Service-Learning in Higher Education. 

Powers has been the long-time chair of the UGA Archway Partnership Executive Committee in Thomson-McDuffie, first while in his role as city administrator and then after transitioning to president of Forward McDuffie, the umbrella economic development team for the city of Thomson and McDuffie County. Since 2018, Powers has collaborated with UGA on more than 100 projects, involving 25 faculty and upwards of 230 students. These projects have provided a return on investment to the Thomson-McDuffie community of greater than $2.5 million, along with invaluable professional development for students involved in active learning opportunities.