Paul M. Pressly Named Director Emeritus of the Ossabaw Island Education Alliance

Paul M. Pressly Named Director Emeritus of the Ossabaw Island Education Alliance

Ossabaw Island, GA (January 26, 2017) — 

New Officers & Trustees announced for Ossabaw Island Foundation

Dr. Paul M. Pressly has been named Director Emeritus of the Ossabaw Island Education Alliance by the Ossabaw Island Foundation Board of Trustees.  The appointment was announced on January 12 at the Ossabaw Island Foundation annual meeting.

Pressly has served as Director of the Alliance since 2005.  He is an award-winning historian who has conducted extensive research on the colonial and post-revolutionary history of Georgia, with an emphasis on coastal Georgia and Ossabaw Island.

Under Pressly’s leadership, the Ossabaw Island Education Alliance led or collaborated on several key initiatives including:

Ossabest (2007 -2010).  The Alliance led the installation of a wireless network on Ossabaw Island; collaborated with Skidaway Institute of Oceanography to create a network of data collecting sensors, monitors, and observatory web-cameras on Ossabaw; and worked with Armstrong State University to devise a $1.1 million grant-funded program for Savannah-Chatham County middle school students and teachers.

African American Life in the Georgia Lowcountry: 2008 symposium and 2010 book.  Pressly and the Alliance coordinated this symposium, bringing ten leading historians in African American history together to present original research to an audience of 450 people over three days.  Those papers were revised and expanded, and compiled into an award-winning book published by University of Georgia Press.

Teacher workshops on colonial and antebellum history from 2009 – 2013, focusing on Ossabaw and coastal Georgia, for Middle-school, High school, and university level teachers and professors.

Moon River District. Since 2013, Pressly has led a leadership team of seven historic and visitor sites in the southern portion of Chatham County to create the Moon River District, a promotional and marketing effort to focus attention on the interrelated educational and visitor opportunities in the area generally surrounding the Moon River.

Prior to serving as Director of the Education Alliance, Pressly was Headmaster of Savannah Country Day School from 1983 until 2004.  He earned a BA in History from Princeton University, an M.A. in Public Administration from Harvard University, and a Ph. D. in History from Oxford University.

In his new role as Director Emeritus, Pressly’s focus will shift away from program development and leadership, and will concentrate on original historical research that reveals “the voices and mystery of Ossabaw Island” and Georgia’s coast.

As Director Emeritus, Pressly’s first project will be the completion of Coastal Nature, Coastal Culture: Environmental Histories of the Georgia Coast, a book based on the symposium of the same name that was hosted by the Ossabaw Island Foundation and Education Alliance in 2016.  Pressly served as director of the symposium and is co-editor of the book, which is scheduled for publication by University of Georgia Press in 2018.

The Education Alliance is a collaboration between the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and the Ossabaw Island Foundation to encourage and support use of Ossabaw Island by colleges, universities and researchers from across the state and around the world.

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Ossabaw Island Foundation welcomes new officers and trustees for 2017

At the Ossabaw Island Foundation’s annual meeting on January 12, Lisa White of Savannah was inducted for a two-year term as Chair of the Ossabaw Island Foundation Board of Trustees, succeeding outgoing chair William “Ted” Moore of Savannah, who continues on the board for one year as Past Chair.

Also announced was the election of Mike English of Savannah as Board of Trustees Treasurer for a two-year term, succeeding outgoing Treasurer Chris Kirkpatrick of Savannah.  John Manly of Savannah continues as Secretary.

Newly elected first-term Trustees who began terms in January are: Clark Alexander, Savannah; Patricia Barmeyer, Atlanta; Bryan Schroeder, Atlanta; and Gail Smith, Pin Point.  Trustees elected for a second term beginning in January are: Jenny Lynn Bradley, Savannah; and Ruth Knox, Macon.

Comprised of 19 members, the board paid special thanks to outgoing Trustees Steve Sanderson, Chris Kirkpatrick, Hanif Haynes, and Seth Goodman, all of Savannah.  

ABOUT THE OSSABAW ISLAND EDUCATION ALLIANCE: The Ossabaw Island Education Alliance brings colleges and universities to study and learn from the rich heritage found on the 26,000 acres of Ossabaw Island. The Education Alliance fosters exceptional educational, cultural and scientific programs and resources for students, teachers, researchers in science, ecology, and history, and other educators engaged in active learning experiences. Its aim is to make Ossabaw Island a nationally recognized education program focusing on many disciplines. It is a partnership between the Ossabaw Island Foundation, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, and the Board of Regents.