President William D. Underwood honored founding members of the University’s Executive Forum on March 23 as part of the celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Forum. In addition to the ceremony in Macon, the Forum featured CNBC senior analyst and financial industry expert Ron Insana, who gave presentations in Macon and Atlanta.
During the Macon Forum, President Underwood honored members of the Forum’s steering committees and two of the founders of the Forum: Billy Anderson, a Macon businessman, and Dr. Charles Andrews, former dean of the Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and Economics.
Anderson and Dr. Andrews believed that Georgia needed a program to better link the Macon business community to the University and what was then the School of Business and Economics within the College of Liberal Arts. The two worked closely with then-Mercer President R. Kirby Godsey on the concept and developed the program that has become the Forum.
Anderson is a native of Macon and a 1959 graduate of Mercer and currently serves on the Mercer Board of Trustees. He is the founder of Southern Trust Insurance Co. in Macon.
Dr. Andrews graduated from Mercer in 1960 and completed his Ph.D. in economics at Vanderbilt University in 1967. He became a Mercer faculty member in 1973. He was the founding dean of the Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and Economics and served as the James D. Stetson Professor of Economics until his retirement in 2004.