President Markwood responds to the passing of Bill Turner

The Columbus State University community was deeply saddened to learn about the death of Mr. Bill Turner, a longtime supporter and volunteer. He first served on the CSU Foundation Board of Trustees in 1986 and been a senior member on the board since 1997.

He was a driving force behind many initiatives that are now integral parts of Columbus State University.

This is what CSU President Chris Markwood had to say about the news of Mr. Turner's Passing:



"Bill Turner’s impact on Columbus State University and this community simply cannot be overstated. His vision and his actions led to the development of CSU’s downtown campus, the Servant Leadership Program, the nation’s first master’s curriculum in Servant Leadership at a public university.  His passion for the philosophy of servant leadership was infectious and genuine, and shaped the development of a new generation of leaders. Servant Leadership is now one of Columbus State University’s core values, which sets us apart from many other public universities. Students in these programs have created a ripple effect for modeling servant leadership throughout the state of Georgia and well beyond.  He was a longtime volunteer and member of the CSU Foundation Board of Trustees, endowed a chair in music with his wife, and left a legacy here that will likely never be matched."