Leadership Georgia Announces 2022 Award Recipients
Thursday, September 29th, 2022
The Leadership Georgia Board of Trustees today announced the recipients of the organization’s most prestigious awards, presented to Georgians who exemplify the principles of Leadership Georgia and whose impact through leadership and stewardship has helped shaped communities and the state.
“Each year, our Board recognizes outstanding Georgians who use their time, talent and resources to help improve lives across our great State,” said Chairman Charlie May. “We continue to be humbled that for the past fifty years Leadership Georgia has earned the support of so many leaders in key positions and industries in Georgia. Our 2022 honorees exemplify the spirit of service that drives true progress, and we hope shining a spotlight on their contributions will inspire others to follow their example.”
The honorees – Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael Boggs; State Representative Calvin Smyre; Fran and Russell Smith; and Rogers Wade – will be officially recognized during the Leadership Georgia Annual Alumni Awards Gala on November 12th at the Columbus Convention and Trade Center in Columbus, Ga.
The annual black-tie event draws hundreds of alumni and guests, and helps support the organization’s programs, enabling Leadership Georgia to continue its fifty-year legacy of developing and inspiring leaders from all walks of life and all corners of Georgia.
The J.W. Fanning Award
Chief Justice Michael Boggs,
Supreme Court of Georgia
An award presented in memory of J.W. Fanning to a Georgian whose statewide contributions through progressive leadership and service have been broad in scope and rich in achievement.
Chief Justice Michael Boggs has served as a justice of the Supreme Court of Georgia since 2016. He previously served as a Judge on the Court of Appeals of Georgia from 2012 through 2016, as a Superior Court Judge for the Waycross Judicial Circuit from 2004 to 2012, and as a member of the Georgia House of Representatives from 2000 to 2004.
In 2004, Justice Boggs founded the Waycross Judicial Circuit Drug Court Program, served as its Presiding Judge, and served as a member of the Judicial Council of Georgia’s Standing Committee on Accountability Courts. Boggs later co-chaired the Georgia Criminal Justice Reform Council from 2012 to 2018 and currently serves as a member of the Georgia Behavioral Health Reform and Innovation Commission, where he serves as chairman of the Mental Health Courts and Corrections subcommittee.
Chief Justice Boggs also serves as Vice-Chairman of the Judicial Council of Georgia and as a member of the Mercer University Board of Trustees, the Mercer University School of Law School Board of Visitors, and the Board of Directors of the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation.
Chief Justice Boggs was raised in Waycross and earned his undergraduate degree from Georgia Southern College and his Juris Doctor degree from Mercer University School of Law. Presiding Justice Boggs lives in Pierce County with his wife Heather, a kindergarten teacher in the Ware County public school system.
The E. Dale Threadgill
Community Service Award:
Georgia General Assembly
An award presented in honor of E. Dale Threadgill to Leadership Georgia members who have taken the principles learned in Leadership Georgia and put them to work in their communities.
The Frederick B. Kerr Service Award:
Fran & Russell Smith
An award presented in memory of Frederick B. Kerr to Leadership Georgia members who have demonstrated enthusiastic and active support of Leadership Georgia on a continuing and consistent basis.
The Horace J. and Michelle Johnson
Distinguished Public Service Award: