Verner Elected to Statewide Board
Thursday, May 28, 2020
Posted by: Terri Statham
(TUCKER, Ga., May 28, 2020)—Georgia EMC Executive Vice President Bill Verner was recently elected to the Georgia Foundation for Agriculture (GFA) board of directors. He will serve a three-year term and is eligible for one additional three-year term.
“I am pleased to welcome Bill to the Georgia Foundation for Agriculture’s board of directors. He has a strong background rooted in Georgia agriculture while bringing a unique perspective to the table from his diverse experience in different sectors of Georgia agriculture,” said GFA Executive Director Lily Baucom.
Verner joins four new GFA board members including Will Bentley (Georgia Agribusiness Council), Joel McKie (Hall, Booth, Smith, P.C.), Abit Massey (Georgia Poultry Federation), and Christa Steinkamp (Georgia Agricultural Education Program).
The GFA’s mission is to develop a pipeline for Georgia’s next generation of farmers and agricultural leaders and prepare them for success. According to Baucom, GFA programs provide a structured path that fosters growth and sparks passion in agriculture during a student’s educational journey through early exposure to agriculture, classroom learning, higher education, farm-based mentorship and professional learning.
As such, the foundation has drafted a five-year strategic plan to develop a broader network of supporters and deepen the impact the foundation has on the lives of Georgia farmers and agricultural students and teachers.
Verner joined Georgia EMC in 1984. In his current role, he coordinates representation of EMCs’ interests in the Georgia General Assembly, Congress and state and federal agencies. Verner also oversees publication of the EMCs’ Georgia Magazine. He has more than 30 years of expertise in public policy and communications.
In addition to his recent appointment to the GFA board, Verner currently serves on the Georgia Broadband Deployment Initiative Advisory Committee, Georgia Tech Agricultural Technology Research Program, UGA J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development, Historic Rural Churches of Georgia, and the University of West Georgia College of Science and Math Development Council.
Previous board posts include the Georgia Agribusiness Council, Georgia Humanities Council, Leadership Georgia, Georgia Agri-Leaders Forum and the Georgia Cooperative Council.
Verner, raised on a Centennial Family Farm near Rutledge, Ga., lives in Atlanta with his wife and two children where they are members of Northside United Methodist Church.
About Georgia EMC
Georgia EMC is the statewide trade association representing the state’s 41 EMCs, Oglethorpe Power Corporation, Georgia Transmission Corporation, and Georgia System Operations Corporation. Collectively, Georgia’s customer-owned EMCs provide electricity and related service to 4.4 million people, nearly half of Georgia’s population, across 73 percent of the state’s land area. To learn more, visit www.georgiaemc.com and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
About the Georgia Foundation for Agriculture
The Georgia Foundation for Agriculture is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation dedicated to advancing Georgia agriculture and creating healthy communities. The Foundation is governed by a board of directors comprised of farmers, educators and agricultural leaders from across the state.
Resources contributed to the foundation are redistributed for the purposes of telling the story of agriculture through its Ag in the Classroom program, consumer awareness projects and adult learning opportunities. A key component of the foundation is supporting the youth of Georgia through scholarships and financial assistance. The foundation works with Georgia Farm Bureau and other agricultural and educational organizations throughout Georgia to create healthier communities and raise consumer awareness on agricultural issues.
Pillars of the foundation include providing scholarships for high school and college students, supporting Georgia 4-H and Georgia FFA, supporting elementary and middle school children in Ag literacy projects through Ag in the Classroom, educational outreach geared towards consumers and creating growth opportunities for future leaders in communities across Georgia.