Top Awards Presented at President's Recognition Dinner

     From Focus magazine, Spring 2012 >>

Respected local leaders in the fields of business and health care were honored by the CSU Alumni Association April 19 at CSU's 2012 President's Recognition Dinner.

Aflac co-founder Paul S. Amos was 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.

Jean M. Hartin, retired vice president of clinical services at Columbus Regional Health System, was presented the Thomas Y. Whitley Distinguished Alumnus Award, named for CSU's founding president.

Also at the Cunningham Center dinner, four persons were named honorary alumni:

  • Jo Ann N. Brown, a veteran educator who's worked on numerous CSU projects during her husband's 20-year tenure as CSU's third president.
  • Kayron M. Laska, who recently retired as Columbus State's vice president for University Advancement and executive director of the CSU Foundation.
  • Anthony D. "Tony" Link, a retired SunTrust Bank officer who's served as secretary of the CSU Foundation Board of Trustees and chairman of its investment committee.
  • John A. Shinkle, senior vice president of investments and branch manager for Stifel Nicolaus and Co., and longtime trustee of the CSU Athletic Fund.

More on the evening's top award recipients:

Paul S. Amos, chairman emeritus and co-founder of Aflac, Inc., has been a longtime supporter of Columbus State University.

Three years before the university's founding, he and his brothers, John and Bill, launched what was then American Family Life Insurance Co., in 1955, eventually building Aflac into the world's leading supplemental insurance company.

Paul Amos served as chairman of the company from 1990 until he retired in May 2001. The Enterprise, Ala., native was raised in south Alabama and northwest Florida, and he served Aflac during the 1960s as vice president and state manager of Aflac's Alabama-West Florida region. In 1974, Amos was promoted to first vice president and director of marketing. Later that same year, he became president of Aflac, Inc.

Among other innovations he's credited with, Amos initiated a regional sales coordinator structure that's been acknowledged as a key to Aflac's success. In 1991, he established the Paul S. Amos Scholarship Fund, making it possible for full-time employees to work toward completion of their college degrees.

Several Columbus State graduates were able to attend college as a direct result of scholarships bearing his name.

Amos is married to the former Mary Jean Roberts of Pensacola, Fla., and they have a son, Daniel P. Amos, the current chairman and CEO of Aflac, Inc.

Jean M. Hartin, earned her associate's degree in nursing from Columbus College in 1972, and she's maintained a close relationship to the school ever since. She became a practicing nurse that same year at St. Francis, eventually managing the hospital's Critical Care Unit and Clinical Education Department.

After seven years at St. Francis, she moved to Columbus Regional Healthcare System, where she spent the next 25 years, retiring as vice president of clinical services. Each year since then, CRHS has recognized a registered nurse, licensed practical nurse and nursing manager as recipients of the Jean Hartin Excellence in Nursing Awards. The awards recognize "high levels of professionalism, respect, innovation, dedication and excellence."

During her time at Columbus Regional, she served in several leadership and clinical roles, managing all clinical areas of nursing, respiratory, housekeeping, critical care unit, emergency department and surgical department, as well as having oversight of nursing and clinical education.

Hartin has served on the CSU Foundation Board of Trustees since 1991, and she's also been a member of advisory boards to CSU's nursing program, Servant Leadership Program and the College of Education and Health Professions.

She's also been active in the state's oversight of nursing as a profession, serving on several Georgia Board of Nursing committees and participating in task forces and state boards that established standards of nursing practice still used today.

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Photos, from top left: Paul S. Amos, Jean M. Hartin