CSU Honors Supporters During President's Recognition Banquet

COLUMBUS, Ga. -- CSU presented its Thomas Y. Whitley Distinguished Alumnus Award April 12 to Troy Woods, president and chief operating officer of TSYS, during the annual President’s Recognition Banquet, named honorary alumni and presented Alumni Service Awards.

CSUThe Whitley Award, named in honor of CSU’s first president, is the highest honor the university confers on an alumnus. Woods, who earned a CSU bachelor’s degree in business in 1974, is a member of CSU’s Tower Society, comprised of alumni who pledge substantial, yearly support to the university. He also generously donated to the Investment in People capital campaign and has made provisions for CSU in his estate. In 2003, he was named the D. Abbott Turner College of Business Alumnus of the Year.

At TSYS, Woods manages day-to-day operations and executes strategies of one of the world’s largest processor of card payments from credit, debit and private label cards.

Woods, 55, also is chair of the Columbus YMCA’s $23 million capital campaign, and he recently chaired the Tocqueville Growth Division of the capital campaign of the United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley.

According to one of his Whitley Award nominators, Woods is among those “responsible for the success of his nationally recognized company, as well as a key reason for its growth and employee centered philosophy.” He also has “used his talents and energies to make Columbus a better place to live by volunteering his time to community organizations.”

Alumni Service Awards were presented to Mike and Geri Regnier and L. Lamar Powers. Powers, retired president of Litho-Krome Co. of Columbus, is a 1970 CSU graduate with a bachelor’s degree in business. Like Woods, he is a CSU Tower Society member. Powers also is a CSU Foundation trustee, as well as the organization’s treasurer and chair for 2008-2009.

Geri Regnier, who earned a CSU bachelor’s degree in history and an MBA, became executive director of CSU’s Alumni Association in 1978. She retired in 2005 as assistant vice president of Advancement Services. Currently a part-time database specialist for CSU, she continues to serve the alumni association as a member and active volunteer, and she is co-chair of the committee that will plan alumni events for CSU’s 50th anniversary observance in 2008.

Married to Geri, Mike Regnier holds three degrees from CSU: a bachelor’s in history, a master’s of education in history and an education specialist degree. After retiring in 2003 as a Shaw High School teacher, he joined CSU’s College of Education as a mentoring support specialist for new teachers. He is credited with about 30 years of CSU alumni service, including support of art auction and golf tournament fund-raisers and awards banquets.

Designated as honorary alumni were Larry Kees, Bob Koon, Chuck and Dot McClure and Maxine Schiffman. Kees, a 35-year CSU employee, will retire at the close of this school year as vice president for student affairs and dean of students.

Koon is a senior member of the CSU Foundation Board of Trustees. He retired in 1990 from Swift Textiles, Inc., after serving as president, chairman of the board and chief executive officer.

Chuck McClure, who died in 2004 after distinguishing himself as a local media owner as founding operator McClure Broadcasting, Inc., also served 33 years on the CSU Foundation Board of Trustees and chaired the university’s first capital campaign that was conducted in the mid-1980s. Dot McClure, his wife, is a longtime supporter of CSU theatre programs and has been elected as an honorary member of the CSU Foundation Board of Trustees.

Schiffman is a longtime supporter of CSU, and has provided several gifts to the Schwob School of Music, as well as to the Department of Art. Her late husband, Jack Schiffman Sr. helped establish CSU’s Patrons of Music Society.

To view photos from the President’s Recognition Banquet, go to http://alumni.colstate.edu/pres-awards2007.asp.