CSU President Markwood again tops Georgia Trend’s list of ‘100 Most Influential Georgians’

Columbus State University President Chris Markwood was recently named as one of the 100 Most Influential Georgians of 2021 by Georgia Trend magazine. Now in its 23rd year, the annual listing recognizes Georgians who are successful in their careers, wield remarkable power and influence, and have contributed to making life better for Georgians. In the January issue of the magazine, Georgia Trend recognized how Markwood's leadership has helped CSU “reach record first-year enrollment in the fall of 2020, despite the pandemic. The strong numbers may stem in part from Markwood’s emphasis on creativity and innovation at the university. Columbus State urges students, faculty, and staff to be ‘creative to the core,’ a spirit that has helped the school navigate the challenges of COVID-19.” Markwood is in good company and appears on the list along with other influential Columbusites, including Dan Amos, chair and CEO of Aflac, Inc.; Jerald Mitchell, president and CEO of The Greater Columbus Georgia Chamber of Commerce; and Kessell Stelling, chair and CEO of Synovus and a University System of Georgia regent Also appearing on the list was Dr. Steve Wrigley, chancellor of the University System of Georgia. Wrigley and Markwood are among the 11 leaders included on the list who have higher education connections. The publication also recognized Marc Olivié, who recently retired as CEO of W.C. Bradley, on the list of 2021 Notable Georgians. In December 2020, Olivié, a member of the CSU Foundation Board of Trustees, was awarded an honorary doctorate in humane letters from CSU along with his wife Marleen De Bode, for their longtime philanthropic support and service to the university and the Columbus community. This is Markwood’s fifth year to appear on the list since his appointment as CSU’s president in 2015. For more information on Georgia Trend's 100 Most Influential Georgians of 2021, visit https://www.georgiatrend.com/2020/12/31/2021-100-most-influential-georgians/