Beheruz N. Sethna

Beheruz N. Sethna

From 1994 to June 30, 2013, Dr. Beheruz N. Sethna was President of The University of West Georgia. When he retired, he was the longest-serving University President in the State (public and private). The following accomplishments are shared ones, and reflect the work of hundreds of others. During Dr. Sethna’s tenure as President, the institution saw transformative change from a College to a State University to a Ph. D -granting SACS Level VI University (this is SACS’s highest level). The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia recently approved a sector change to a Comprehensive University with a mission to be a world-class academic institution. The University has a total budget of ~$150 Million, ~1,200 employees, and impressive physical facilities. It has its own bus service, its own police force, its own zip code and post office, and has all the trappings of a small city. During his tenure, land holdings increased by 70% and now stand at 645 acres, one of the largest in the state’s public university system. Academic standards increased several times and enrollment increased by ~50% to ~12,000 students. Almost 40 new buildings were added during Dr. Sethna’s tenure at UWG, and more square footage was added than every other President combined since the institution started in 1906, at an investment of ~one third of a billion dollars. During his tenure, UWG awarded more than 33,000 degrees, more than every other Presidential administration combined in the institution’s 107-year history. The endowment was increased to more than 10 times its 1994 level. Among other things, UWG is nationally known in academic debate and undergraduate...
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David C. Beck

Former Banking Chairman, Investor and Legacy Advisory Board Member Owner and managing director since 1998 of Copia Capital, LLC, a private investment vehicle, active in financing early stage financial and communications services companies and developing operational capability for existing, high growth potential companies.   Member of the board of a number of private companies, IMX Information Management Solutions and its subsidiary companies including HMA, Inc. a network and third party health care administrator, National Chiropractors Mutual Insurance Group, Inc., Idle Free Systems and one public company, Newtek Business Services, Inc. (NASDAQ: NEWT).   From 2002 through 2009 he was non-executive Chairman and Board Member of a thrift holding company, Universal Savings Banc Holdings, Inc. and its subsidiary Universal Savings Bank, FA.   From 1992 – 1998 Dave was Chairman and CEO of USB, Inc., a thrift holding company specializing in the sale and processing of credit card transactions for merchants.   From 1990 to 1995 Dave served as a Board member of Goldenbanks of Colorado, to Norwest in April, 1995.   From 1991 through 1992, Dave purchased, operated, restructured and sold Financial Dominion Services Corp, a merchant processing company specializing in small business processing.   Between 1966 and 1990, Dave served as Chairman and CEO of First Interstate Corp of Wisconsin, a Bank Holding Company in community banking (formerly known as Citizens Bancorporation).   He joined this $80 million company as a junior accountant, progressed to CEO and was primarily responsible for engineering the growth through 13 acquisitions of holding companies which included 18 banks to a $2 Billion bank holding company operating in three states.  He led the...
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Seagal, Sandra Dr.

Sandra Seagal, Ph.D. Dr. Seagal is founder and President of Human Dynamics International, a management consulting firm, and executive director of the Human Dynamics Institute, a non-profit organization devoted to educational and scientific research, the development of human potential and the promotion of harmony within and among individuals, groups, and cultures. She is an educator in the broadest sense, with a background in both education and psychology. She has been a teacher, a school psychologist and a psychotherapist. Since 1979 she has been engaged in original investigation that has resulted in the new body of knowledge about human functioning termed Human Dynamics, and in the development of Human Dynamics training programs for organizational development, teacher training, healthcare, parenting and cross-cultural bridging. Human Dynamics International (HDI) has trained approximately 200 licensed facilitators, on 6 continents, in 15 countries to conduct these programs which have so far been attended by more than 80,000 people. Dr. Seagal is a researcher, consultant and practitioner. She is as comfortable working with CEO’s as she is with people on the factory floor, children in classrooms and staff and patients in hospitals. She is appreciated for her ability to work with diverse groups of people. Dr. Seagal, together with David Horne, donated 1.5 hours of interview to Legacy. For more information contact...
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Horne, David

David Horne, MA. David Horne, is co-Director of Human Dynamics International, and a director of the Human Dynamics Institute. Initially a student of literature, he subsequently became immersed in issues of education and psychology. In 1957 he became associated with Dr. Marianne Frostig, one of the early pioneers in the field of special education, and served at the Marianne Frostig Center of Educational Therapy in Los Angeles for twenty seven years as a therapist, child and family counselor, researcher, writer, maker of professional training films, and administrator.   In 1984 he attended a seminar conducted by Dr. Sandra Seagal which set him on a new path of pioneering endeavor. He immediately recognized the extraordinary significance of Sandra’s discoveries regarding human functioning for education, parenting, quality of family life, cross-cultural understanding, and right human relationships wherever people interact. He also realized that many of the children referred to the Frostig Center as having some form of “learning disability” were not in fact learning disabled at all. The problem was rather that their teachers [had a “teaching disability” in that they] did not understand the particular learning processes natural to these students, or how to adapt their teaching approaches accordingly. To the degree that the teachers at the Frostig Center were successful in teaching these children, it was not, as they thought, because they were successfully remedying a disability, but because they happened to use teaching techniques that “fitted” how these perfectly normal children naturally learned. This is a crucial distinction, with profound implications for how children who encounter difficulty in learning in school view themselves and are viewed by others....
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Lewis, Jonathan

  Jonathan C. Lewis Jonathan C. Lewis is the founder and chief executive officer of the Opportunity Collaboration – a strategic business retreat and networking summit for 300 senior anti-poverty leaders which occurs annually on World Poverty Day. Jonathan is also the founder and board chair of MicroCredit Enterprises — an innovative social venture which leverages private capital to make tiny business loans to deeply impoverished people, mostly women, in developing countries. A rarity in the non-profit world, MicroCredit Enterprises is operationally sustainable without donations or grants. In his eclectic entrepreneurial career, Jonathan has served as the founder/CEO of a global business knowledge company, CEO of the California Association of Health Maintenance Organizations, Chief Budget Advisor to the President of the California State Senate, founder/CEO of an urban real estate investment company and founder/owner of a contemporary art gallery. Jonathan blogs weekly at the Huffington Post and the Skoll Foundation Social Edge. He is a recipient of the Social Venture Network Innovation Award.   Jonathan contributed one hour of his life story to...
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Wales, Jane

Jane Wales President and CEO, World Affairs Council of Northern California and the Global Philanthropy Forum; Vice President, the Aspen Institute   Jane Wales is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the World Affairs Council and the Global Philanthropy Forum and Vice President of the Aspen Institute. She is host of the nationally syndicated weekly National Public Radio interview show It’s Your World. From 2007 to 2008, she served as Acting Chief Executive Officer of The Elders, chaired by Archbishop Desmond Tutu. In 2008, Ms. Wales also chaired the Poverty Alleviation Track for the Clinton Global Initiative.   Previously, she served in the Clinton Administration as Special Assistant to the President, Senior Director of the National Security Council and Associate Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. She chaired the international security programs at the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the W. Alton Jones Foundation, and directed the Project on World Security at the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. During her tenure as National Executive Director of the Physicians for Social Responsibility, the organization’s international arm was recipient of the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize.   Legacy wishes to express thanks to Jane for contributing her interview....
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