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Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art Announces $500k Gift from Gov. Carl Sanders Estate

Carl Sanders, George Parrish, Jr.
1967, Gouache, 13½″ x 10½″
Betty Foy Sanders Georgia Artists Collection

The Georgia Southern University Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art has received a $500,000 gift from the estate of former Georgia Gov. Carl E. Sanders. The gift will support academic initiatives for visual art and design students, exhibitions, merit-based projects, competitions and innovative curriculum development.

“This gift shows the unrelenting support that Gov. Sanders had for education and the Arts at Georgia Southern. We are honored to be able to continue exemplifying academic excellence in the Arts and we are extremely thankful for his dedication and service to the state of Georgia, ” said University President Brooks A. Keel, Ph.D.

Sanders, known for making education the first priority of his administration, directed nearly 60 cents of every tax dollar into education as governor. His administration added 10,000 new teachers, established a Master Plan for Education, and set minimum standards for public schools. He also began the Governor’s Honors program for exceptional students, developed an extensive educational television network, encouraged school consolidation and greatly expanded vocational training.

Gov. Sanders’ wife, Betty Foy Sanders, has fostered her love of learning for art students for more than four decades at Georgia Southern. A native of Statesboro, Betty Sanders commitment to her alma mater has been instrumental in the advancement of the Arts and art education at the University.

“Betty and Gov. Sanders have previously supported the Department by establishing separate endowments for visiting artists, student travel and scholarships,” said Robert Farber, department chair. “Betty also donated the Georgia Artists Collection to the Department. The collection has grown to more than 40 artworks making it an invaluable resource to the state.”

from Georgia Southern Newsroom


ABOUT CARL SANDERS
(1925 – 2014)

The Honorable Governor Carl E. Sanders was the 74th Governor for the State of Georgia. Sanders attended a the University of Georgia where he received his law degree and married to Betty Foy Sanders, a Statesboro native. With the support and inspiration of his wife, Betty, who is an accomplished artist, Sanders established the first Georgia Council of the Arts and Humanities, and was responsible for the addition of 4 new fine arts buildings on Georgia college campuses. Governor Sanders passed away November 16, 2014.

Obituary, Office of the Governor
NPR
Memorial Photos, Atlanta Journal Constitution
New Georgia Encyclopedia
Memorial Coverage, The Augusta Chronicle

 

 

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