Georgia University System Regent Don Waters Steps Down, Patrick Jones Named to Board of Trustees


Regent Don Waters of the University System of Georgia resigned and a new board member was appointed.

Governor Kemp has nominated Patrick Jones to the University System of Georgia Board of Trustees to fill the vacant seat representing the 1st Congressional District. Regent Waters was first appointed to the board on March 1, 2013.

“I am very grateful for Don Water’s contributions to the Council and to our state during his tenure as Regent,” Governor Kemp said. “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 he 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.

Chairman of the Board of Regents Harold Reynolds and Chancellor of the University System Sonny Perdue also shared the following regarding their friend and colleague, Regent Don Waters:

“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 President 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.

“Throughout his life, Regent Don Waters championed the idea that knowledge and education empower students, wherever they live in Georgia, to pursue their dreams and build a better life for themselves. , their families, their community and their state,” said Chancellor Sonny Perdue. “He learned this early on from his mother, Bernice, who as a librarian brought books home for him and his brother to read and learn. And he took it to heart as a student and graduate of the former Armstrong State College and the University of Georgia Law School. The Georgia University System will miss Don’s attorney as a board member, but I’m confident his impact on students and our mission lives on with Waters College of Health Professions on what is now campus. Armstrong of Georgia. University of the South. It was an honor to have Don and Cindy as members of the USG family, and we wish them the best. We are also pleased to welcome Patrick Jones to the Board and know he will be a great addition.

Gift Waters is the CEO of Waters Capital Partners, LLC, an investment firm 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.

Previously, he practiced as a Chartered Accountant, as a Partner at Price Waterhouse & Co. and as a Solicitor at Hunter Maclean. A native of Savannah, Waters currently serves on the Chatham County Hospital Authority Board of Trustees and the Augusta University Health System Board of Trustees. 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.

His family endowed the Waters College of Health Professions at Armstrong State University, now part of Georgia Southern University. He and his wife Cindy have two daughters, five grandsons, and are members of the Isle of Hope United Methodist Church.

patrick jones is Chairman of the Board of PrimeSouth Bank, Chairman of The Jones Company and Chairman of Walker Jones Automotive Group.

Jones 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, cutting edge as one of the first convenience store chains to establish a program loyalty program, an exclusive retail pricing platform and a robust item-level inventory management system. 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. He and his wife, Kara, have two children and reside in Blackshear, Georgia.


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