Georgia Trust elects four Columbus residents as emeritus trustees

The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation recently elected four Columbus residents as emeritus trustees during a meeting in Atlanta. They are part of the inaugural group. They are former trustees who have "served the corporation with distinction and great dedication in his or her service as a Trustee.”

The Georgia Trust board selected 22 former trustees to receive this honorary title.

They are Janice Persons Biggers, who is a founding member of the Georgia Trust. She was a trustee from 1979-94 and was chairman of the board from 1990-91. She was on the executive committee from 1982-93. In 1996, Biggers was given the Mary Gregory Jewett Award for Distinguished service in the field of preservation. She was the first executive director of the Historic Columbus Foundation.

C. Dexter Jordan Jr. was recently named as director emeritus for the Historic Columbus Foundation board of trustees. He was a Georgia Trust trustee from 1983-93 and 1996-2001. He was chairman from 1998-99 and was on the executive committee for nine years.

Edward W. Neal is a foundingtrustee of The Georgia Trust and served from 1973-79. He served as president of Georgia Trust from 1976-78. During his tenure, Georgia Trust acquired the Hay House in Macon and established the Georgia Trust scholarship and preservation awards programs. He has also been president of Historic Columbus Foundation.

Alan F. Rothschild Jr. has practiced estate planning, taxation and general business law with Hatcher Stubbs Attorneys at Law for more than 26 years.He was on Georgia Trust’s board of trustees from 1996-2002, and was named Volunteer of the Year in 2005. He has provided pro-bono legal advice for the Georgia Trust on a variety of issues.

The Georgia Trust was founded in 1973, and is one of the country’s largest statewide, nonprofit preservation organizations. It is committed to preserving and enhancing Georgia’s communities.

The Trust generates community revitalization by finding buyers for endangered properties acquired by its revolving fund and raises awareness of other endangered historic resources through an annual listing of Georgia’s “Places in Peril.” The Trust helps revitalize downtowns by providing design and technical assistance in 102 Georgia Main Street cities; trains Georgia’s teachers in 63 Georgia school systems to engage students in discovering state and national history through their local historic resources; and advocates for funding, tax incentives and other laws aiding preservation efforts.

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