Aflac General Counsel and Executive Vice President Joey Loudermilk was appointed to the Georgia Board of Education this afternoon by Gov. Sonny Perdue.
Loudermilk, 57, will fill the five months remaining on the unexpired term of Mary Sue Polleys, who resigned in May 2009.
The governor’s office contacted Loudermilk last week about the possibility of filling the 3rd Congressional District vacancy on the state board.
“How do you say no to the governor?” Loudermilk asked. “When the governor calls and ask you to serve the citizens of Georgia in area as important as the education of our children, I could not say no.”
Loudermilk’s business experience was one of the reasons he was selected, said Perdue’s press secretary Chris Schrimpf.
“Mr. Loudermilk is a highly respected and active member of his community,” Schrimpf said. “He recognizes the importance of education in creating jobs and growing Georgia. He will bring a very strong business perspective to the state board.”
Loudermilk, who lives in Ellerslie, will retain his post on the Harris County Commission.
“That was one of the first questions I asked,” Loudermilk said.
He considered a run for the Georgia Senate earlier this year. One of the reasons Loudermilk opted out of the Republican primary for the Senate District 29 seat the week before the qualifying deadline was he did not want to leave his county commission post before the term expired. He has two more years remaining in his term.
Loudermilk also ran the decision past Aflac Chairman Dan Amos.
“The first person I talked to was my boss, Dan Amos,” Loudermilk said. “He aid if it was something I wanted to do, go ahead and do it.”
The appointment came out of the blue, Loudermilk said.
“This was not something that I lobbied for,” he said.