Georgia Gov. Appoints Patrick Jones to University System Board |  news

ATLANTA – Gov. Brian Kemp recently announced the resignation of Regent Don Waters and his appointment of Patrick Jones to the University System of Georgia Board of Regents to fill the vacated seat as representative of 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 CEO and proud graduate of two USG institutions, his impact on the system and the generations of his students will be felt for years to come. Marty and I wish him and Cindy a well-deserved time together.

“I also look forward to the impact Patrick Jones will have on the board as it will further the university system’s reputation as a world-class education provider. With his rich experience as a leader in the private sector, he will help our post-secondary educational campuses continue to produce top talent for this opportunity.”

“Having known Don for 20 years, I’ve seen his strong belief in local communities, this state and investing in education,” said Regents Chairman Harold Reynolds. “Don is a strong advocate for doing whatever 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 have 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 the faculty, staff and especially the students.

“We also look forward to working with Patrick Jones as he joins us in advancing Georgia’s university system.”

Waters is CEO of Waters Capital Partners LLC, an investment firm and family office. From 1993 to 2016 he was 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 School of Law, 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 Chief Executive Officer of PrimeSouth Bank, President of Jones Company and President 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 chains in the Southeast. In 2016, Flash Foods was acquired by CST Brands and subsequently by Circle K.

Jones is currently a member of the Georgia Department of Transportation’s Southern Georgia Citizen’s Review Panel created by the Transportation Investment Act. He was previously a member of the Bona Fide Coin Operated Amusement Machine Operator Advisory Board.

Jones graduated from the University of Georgia in 1987 with a bachelor’s degree in risk management.

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