CSU's Rowell heading for Georgia Southwestern

— A long-time Clayton State University official who also has been a high profile leader in Clayton County is leaving to take a job at a university in South Georgia.

Clayton State announced its Director of Development, Reda Rowell, will leave the Morrow-based school at the end of the month to become the executive director of the Georgia Southwestern Foundation at Americus-based Georgia Southwestern State University. Rowell has been an employee of Clayton State for 16 years and holds three degrees from the university.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for Reda, but we will miss her,” said Clayton State Vice-President for external Relations Kate Troelstra in a written statement. “During her time with development, she has created endowments, hosted fundraising and recognition events and secured resources for every college and division on campus. Clayton State is better off because of her efforts.”

Rowell has served as a leader at Clayton State and across Clayton County for decades. She has been in the county for 31 years, according to the university.

Before Rowell was an employee of the university, she worked for the Jonesboro-based CPA firm, Loggins and Associates, for 15 years.

Since coming to work for the university in 1996, she has served in various capacities, including director of development and alumni relations, a representative of Clayton State on two private foundation boards set up to fund construction of the university's student activities center and Laker Hall residence facility, and as an employee in the school's continuing education department.

As director of development, she was also instrumental in getting the university's first-ever $1 million donation, which helped build the James M. Baker University Center approximately 12 years ago, according to university officials. She also oversaw the university's annual Faculty/Staff Fund Drive, which has averaged 95-percent participation from Clayton State employees for the last 10 years.

In announcing Rowell's departure, Clayton State officials also outlined several ways in which she became a high-profile official in the county.

Rowell served on the Clayton County chamber of Commerce's board of directors from 1991 until 1997. She also served on the Arts Clayton board from 1995 until 2006. She has remained a visible presence for events undertaken by both organizations.

She is also a Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow for service to the Lake Spivey Rotary club, which she led as president from 2006 until 2007, according to the university.