Governor to Speak at Columbus State’s May Commencement

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COLUMBUS, Ga. – Gov. Nathan Deal will deliver the commencement address at Columbus State University’s spring 2014 graduation on Monday, May 12.

About 800 students are expected to graduate at the 6:30 p.m. Columbus Civic Center ceremony.

“We could not be more honored than to have Gov. Deal as our speaker,” CSU President Tim Mescon said. “This is a tremendous moment for the university. He’s had a long and distinguished career in service to the state of Georgia, and we look forward to hearing what he will share with our graduates in May.”

Deal, Georgia’s 82nd governor, took office Jan. 10, 2011. A Sandersville, Ga., native, his public service career spans four decades. After graduating with a law degree from Mercer University in 1966, he served three years in the U.S. Army at Fort Gordon in Augusta, Ga., rising to the rank of captain. Deal then began a private law practice in Gainesville, Ga., the hometown of his wife, Sandra Dunagan Deal. He has served as a prosecutor, judge, state senator and U.S. congressman.

During 17 years in Congress, Deal rose to chair the Health Subcommittee of Energy and Commerce, where he became recognized as an expert on entitlement reform and health care policy. His congressional career ended when he decided to run for governor. He became his party’s nominee in August 2010 and was elected governor that November.

He and his wife have four adult children and six grandchildren.

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