May 1, 2006
06-079

Charles Harmon Director of University Relations, Sementha Mathews Manager of Public Information and Media Relations

Jennett inducted as Beta Gamma Sigma Chapter Honoree

Jerry Jennett, president and chief executive officer of Georgia Gulf Sulfur, was recently inducted into the Harley Langdale Jr. College of Business Beta Gamma Honor Society. Each year, the honor society initiates the top junior and senior students in business, the highest honor that a business student can receive. However, periodically, the Langdale College Chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma also chooses an excellent business individual from the community to award this honor.

Jennett graduated in 1963 from Kansas University with a B.S. in Business Administration and a major in Finance. In 1973, Jennett and his wife, Kay, moved to Valdosta where he joined the Griffin Corporation.

In 1982, Jennett led a Griffin employees group in the purchase of Georgia Gulf Sulfur Corporation, a sulfur processing facility in Bainbridge, Ga, from Griffin Corporation. Under his leadership as president and chief executive officer, Georgia Gulf Sulfur then purchased additional companies in Ontario, Canada, and Texas and consolidated all administrative services in Valdosta, Ga.

Jennett is currently a board member of the Valdosta Technical College and the Valdosta-Lowndes County Industrial Authority. He is past vice president of finance of the Lowndes Valdosta Arts Commission and board member of the Lowndes County United Way.

Jennett currently serves as a board member and past president of the Alapaha Area Council Boy Scouts of America. He has also served as an adult volunteer at the last four national Boy Scout jamborees and one international jamboree.

At VSU, Jennett is the chairman of the VSU Foundation Board. He has served on the search committees for the VSU president, vice president for Advancement, football coach, and women's basketball coach and is a past member of the VSU School of Business Advisory Council. Jennett also provides financial support to VSU's athletics, theatre, and music programs.

At the Langdale College, Georgia Gulf Sulfur's donations developed a suite of rooms at Pound Hall, known as the Management Department Suite. Georgia Gulf Sulfur also supports scholarships awarded each year to student athletes majoring in business.