by Jessica Hollis
CLEVELAND, GA (TMSports) – Truett-McConnell’s Athletic Director, Dr. Stacy Hall, has been selected to participate in Leadership Georgia 2015. Leadership Georgia is one of the nation’s oldest and most successful leadership training programs for young business, civic, and community leaders.
“Have you ever thought one thing only to find out something else?” Reynolds asked while encouraging students to reexamine the direction they are taking in life. “How many of us are living life one way, and then at the end of our life, will find out that may not have been the way we should have lived?”
Upon receiving this honor, Dr. Hall commented: “Ivy and I are thrilled to have the opportunity to be a part of Leadership Georgia 2015. We have heard so many wonderful things about this program.”
The Georgia Leadership website states that in order to become a member of this prestigious institution, one must exhibit pristine and unique qualities of leadership among a diverse pool of applicants as they pass through a rigorous selections process. The Leadership Georgia Board of Trustees hopes that members will use this experience as inspiration and empowerment “to help move your community and the State of Georgia forward.”
As a member of Leadership Georgia’s Class of 2015, Dr. Hall plans to take full advantage of the possibilities that this opportunity offers. “We are most excited about meeting new folks from all across the state of Georgia and to discussing ways in which we can make our great state even better,” said Dr. Hall.
Dr. Hall is in his third year at Truett-McConnell College serving as both an administrator and as a full-time faculty member. As Director of Athletics, he shapes the athletic department’s long-term vision, undertakes athletic fundraising, and manages day-to-day operations of the college’s 13 varsity sports and nearly 300 student-athletes.
During his short tenure as Director of Athletics, Truett-McConnell Athletics has climbed to unprecedented heights: student-athletes have achieved record academic success surpassing the general student body in academic performance as measured by a 3.17 cumulative GPA; student-athletes have averaged over 3,500 hours of community service each year; launched the first-ever athletic capital campaign culminating with the construction of four new athletic facilities (on-campus softball field, indoor baseball/softball/golf practice facility, soccer/lacrosse field, and intramural field); started a new women’s varsity sport in lacrosse; began a mentorship program for at-risk student-athletes; achieved record levels of athletic scholarship funding; and dramatically increased the department’s focus on discipleship.
Dr. Hall has spent 19 years working in collegiate athletic administration with such schools as Georgia Southern University, Florida State University, the University of Houston, Vanderbilt University, and the University of Georgia.
Dr. Hall’s wife, Ivy Copeland Hall, is Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer for Initials, Inc. based in Clarkesville, Georgia. Initials, Inc. has been listed by Inc. Magazine as one of the country’s fastest growing companies for the third year in a row. They are members at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Clarkesville where Dr. Hall has served as deacon, Sunday school teacher and a member of the Sunday School Leadership Team. He has served as Chairman of the Board for the White County Chamber of Commerce and currently serves as Vice Chairman of the Board for Fellowship of Christian Athletes and as a Board Director for Habersham County United Way. He is currently a participant in Leadership Habersham, and has actively volunteered in local youth sports for the past seven years.
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