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COLUMBUS, Ga. — A leading supporter of Columbus State and an alumna of the university who’s one of the nation’s top digital media managers will be honored Thursday, April 17 at CSU’s 42nd annual President’s Recognition Dinner.
J. Kyle Spencer, who has provided crucial support of Columbus State music and study abroad programs, will be presented the Frank D. Brown Achievement and Leadership Excellence Award, which recognizes an individual or organization that exemplifies the leadership skills and ideals of its namesake, CSU’s retired third president.
Spencer and his late wife, Sally, provided funding in the university’s last campaign to purchase a house in Oxford, England that’s now known as CSU’s Spencer House, a unique pillar of the university’s study abroad program. Their longtime support of the university’s international studies programs has helped hundreds of CSU faculty and students travel abroad and study. Spencer has also been a generous donor to CSU’s Schwob School of Music, attracting other donors as well. Other gifts made to the university include a tennis program endowment and a collection of historic maps and documents for the CSU Archives. Spencer is a former chair of the CSU Foundation Board of Trustees and its Planned Gifts Committee. CSU awarded the Spencers with honorary doctorates in 2000. Spencer also remains an avid supporter of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, the Columbus Museum and the Columbus Regional Health system. He has three children and five grandchildren.
Pam Siddall, winner of Columbus College’s Top Accounting Graduate award in 1991, will be presented at the dinner with CSU’s Thomas Y. Whitley Distinguished Alumnus Award, named for the university’s founding president. Siddall is now executive vice president of Advance Local, one of the nation’s largest media groups.
Siddall, before beginning a transition into her current role in 2013, was the first female publisher of daily newspapers in Columbus, Wichita, Kan., and Birmingham, Ala. Now, she divides her time between offices in New York City and Birmingham, where she and her family live. Since moving to Birmingham in 2010, Siddall has served as a board member of the Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama, United Way of Central Alabama and Red Mountain Theater. She has been elected to serve on several industry boards, including the Alabama Press Association and Southern Newspaper Publishers Association. While in Columbus, Siddall served on the search committee that recruited CSU’s current president, Tim Mescon. She is a graduate of Leadership Birmingham,
Leadership Georgia and Leadership Columbus. Siddall and her husband, Greg, have two daughters.
Also at the dinner Thursday night at CSU’s Cunningham Center, four friends of Columbus State will be named honorary alumni:
- Bo Bartlett, a nationally renowned American realism artist who moved back to Columbus in 2013 after living and working in Philadelphia and Seattle to help CSU develop the Bo Bartlett Center. The center aims to develop programming for students, scholars, artists, collectors and people seeking to learn more about the power of art. Bartlett also teaches a master class annually at CSU that he had previously offered at the New York Academy of Art and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, where he was educated. His work is in collections nationwide, including art museums in Columbus, Denver and Seattle, as well as the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia. Bartlett, married to artist Betsy Eby, has three sons and two grandchildren.
Russ Carreker, president of one Columbus company and partner in another, who has served in leadership positions on boards of such organizations as the CSU Foundation, Greater Columbus Chamber of Commerce, Auburn Football Letterman’s Club, Boys and Girls Clubs of Columbus, and Leadership Columbus. Starrett-Bytewise Measurement Systems, the company he founded in 1996, manufactures laser measurement systems for industrial applications. He’s also a partner in a start-up that designs and markets camera-based products to the outdoor-hunting market. He also teaches Sunday School at Wynnbrook Baptist Church and helps coach the high school football team at Brookstone School. Carreker and his wife, Patti, have one child.
Lula Lunsford Huff, currently serving her fifth four-year term as tax commissioner for Muscogee County, who’s also a CSU Foundation trustee. Earlier, she worked as an auditor for the Columbus Consolidated Government, as Accounting Department chair at Troy University and was chief financial officer of Precision Components International. Huff has served as board president for the Columbus chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., the Columbus Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, and the Chattahoochee Valley Community Foundation, also working with the Columbus Museum and the Historic Columbus Foundation Board and her Holy Family Catholic Church. She and her husband, owner of Charles E. Huff’s International Funeral Home, have one daughter.
Alan F. Rothschild Jr., who’s practiced law in Columbus with Hatcher, Stubbs, Land, Hollis & Rothschild for more than 28 years, focusing on estate and charitable gift planning and the representation of family businesses. Rothschild is a past chair of the American Bar Association’s 25,000-member Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section, a trustee of the Southern Federal Tax Institute and a fellow of both the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and the American College of Tax Counsel. He’s also served in leadership roles on a number of nonprofit boards, including the CSU Foundation, the Greater Columbus Georgia Chamber of Commerce, the Miller Mildred Fort Foundation and a new nonprofit photography project, the Do Good Fund. Rothschild and his wife, Jewett, have two children.
For more on CSU’s annual President’s Recognition Dinner and the honors being conveyed, visit http://ColumbusState.edu/alumni.
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