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PAGE Honors Michael Thurmond at 2017 A PAGE Turning Event

Sunday, September 17, 2017  
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Pictured (l-r) “A PAGE Turning Event” Host Committee Co-Chairs Curley M. Dossman, Jr., president of the Georgia-Pacific Foundation, and Dr. E. Culpepper “Cully” Clark, dean emeritus of the Grady College of Journalism & Mass Communication at the University of Georgia; Michael L. Thurmond, PTE honoree and DeKalb County CEO; Dr. Allene Magill, PAGE executive director; and Allen Thomas, PAGE Foundation chair and regional vice president, VALIC Financial Advisors, Inc.




Lynn Varner
PAGE Communications Department


Sunday, September 17, 2017



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2017 ‘A PAGE Turning Event’ Honors DeKalb County Chief Executive Officer Michael L. Thurmond


Several hundred guests honored DeKalb County Chief Executive Officer Michael L. Thurmond at the PAGE Foundation’s 13th Annual “A PAGE Turning Event” at the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017.


“A PAGE Turning Event” recognizes leaders from business, philanthropy, government and education for exemplary support for public school improvement. Dr. E. Culpepper “Cully” Clark, dean emeritus of the Grady College of Journalism & Mass Communication at the University of Georgia, and Curley M. Dossman, Jr., president of Georgia-Pacific Foundation, co-chaired the host committee for this year’s event. 


PAGE Executive Director Dr. Allene Magill presented Thurmond with an award for his exemplary leadership benefiting Georgia’s educators and students. James Holston, a former educator and coach at both Burney-Harris High School and Clarke Central High School in Athens, GA, attended the event and was recognized from the podium as Thurmond’s favorite teacher.


“I was pleased to recognize Michael Thurmond as this year’s honoree because of his record of excellent support for quality public education for all students,” Magill said. “It’s been a pleasure to work with him many times over the years.”


Currently the CEO of DeKalb County, Thurmond is a former member of the Georgia General Assembly and was the first African-American elected to a statewide office without prior appointment.  He has had many professional roles throughout his career and in each has demonstrated his commitment to and passion for public education. As stated in the program’s biography, he is credited with “fundamentally transforming the culture and enhancing operations of complex organizations such as the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services, the Georgia Department of Labor and the DeKalb County School District. As superintendent of DeKalb schools, Thurmond is credited with stabilizing the system during a governance crisis, upgrading its threatened accreditation, eliminating a multimillion dollar deficit and improving student academic performance and graduation rates.


Charles E. Richardson, editorial page editor of The Telegraph in Macon, was master of ceremonies for the banquet.  Previous honorees of  “A PAGE Turning Event”  include: Georgia-Pacific and Georgia-Pacific Foundation President Curley M. Dossman, Jr.; BellSouth and BellSouth Georgia President Phil Jacobs; Southern Company and Southern Company Chairman, President and CEO David Ratcliffe; The Coca-Cola Company and The Coca-Cola Foundation Chair Ingrid Saunders Jones; GE and GE Vice Chairman John Rice, The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation and Stephanie Blank and Arthur Blank; United States Senator Johnny Isakson and United States Congressman John Lewis; AT&T Georgia and AT&T Georgia President Sylvia Russell; Georgia Power and Georgia Power Chairman, President and CEO Paul Bowers; Wells Fargo and Regional President Mike Donnelly; R L Brown & Associates, Inc. and President and CEO Robert L. Brown, Jr., and the Gwinnett County Public Schools and CEO/Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks.


Sponsors of “A PAGE Turning Event” this year include, at the Valedictorian level:  Georgia-Pacific, LLC; Georgia Power and VALIC Financial Advisors, Inc.; and at the Salutatorian level: Adams, Hemingway & Wilson, LLP; Delta Air Lines; Emory Healthcare; GE; Grady Health Foundation and Prior, Daniel & Wiltshire, LLC.




The Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE), the parent organization of the PAGE Foundation, is a statewide professional association of more than 92,000 educators, administrators and support personnel. Our core business is to provide professional learning for educators that will enhance professional competence and confidence, build leadership qualities and lead to higher academic achievement for students, while providing the best in membership, legislative services and support.


As a 501(c) (3) organization, the PAGE Foundation supports PAGE, encouraging and receiving charitable gifts that advance the association’s core business and programs such as the PAGE STAR Student and STAR Teacher program, the PAGE Academic Bowl for Middle Grades, the PAGE Georgia Academic Decathlon and PAGE Foundation Scholarships.


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Atlanta, GA  31141-2270
770-216-8555 / 800-334-6861


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