ATLANTA — Governor Brian Kemp recently announced the resignation of Regent Don Waters and his appointment of Patrick Jones to the Georgia University System Board of Regents to fill the vacant seat representing the 1st Congressional District. Waters was first appointed to the board on March 1, 2013.
“I am very grateful for Don Waters’ contributions to the board and to our state during his tenure as regent,” Kemp said in a press release. “As a former Chairman of the Board and a proud alumnus of two USG institutions, his impact on the system and generations of his students will continue to be felt for years to come. Marty and I wish him and Cindy some well-deserved time together.
“I also look forward to the impact Patrick Jones will have on the Board of Trustees, as it furthers the reputation of the university system as a provider of world-class education. With extensive experience as a leader in the private sector, he will help ensure that our post-secondary campuses continue to produce the best talent for this opportunity situation.
“Having known Don for the past 20 years, I have seen how strongly he believes in local communities, in this state and in investing in education,” said Regents Chairman Harold Reynolds. “Don is a strong advocate for all we can to work together and create educational opportunities that empower us and our neighbors. I learned a lot from him as a leader and as a Georgian, and I know many others too. He has served the university system and his beloved hometown of Savannah well, and the board and I are grateful for all he has done on behalf of faculty, staff, and especially students.
“We also look forward to working with Patrick Jones as he joins us in continuing to move Georgia’s university system forward.”
Waters is the CEO of Waters Capital Partners LLC, an investment company and family office. From 1993 to 2016, he served as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Brasseler USA Inc., an international manufacturer of dental and medical surgical instruments.
In 2013 Waters was inducted into the Savannah Business Hall of Fame and in 2017 he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Savannah Branch of the NAACP. In 2018, he received the Distinguished Service Scroll from the University of Georgia Law School, his alma mater. Waters graduated from Armstrong State College with a BBA in accounting and from the University of Georgia School of Law with a JD.
Jones is Chairman of the Board of PrimeSouth Bank, Chairman of The Jones Company and Chairman of Walker Jones Automotive Group.
He spent more than three decades of his career at Flash Foods. Under the leadership of Jones and his brother Jimmy, Flash Foods grew into one of the largest convenience store chains in the Southeast. In 2016, Flash Foods was acquired by CST Brands and then Circle K.
Jones currently serves on the Georgia Department of Transportation’s South Georgia Citizen Review Panel, which was established under the Transportation Investment Act. He previously served on the Bona Fide coin-operated amusement operator advisory board.
Jones graduated from the University of Georgia in 1987 with a bachelor’s degree in risk management.