May 4, 2005

Charles Harmon Director of University Relations, Joseph C. Agbasi Student Assistant, Kent Moore, Associate Dean of Harley Langdale, Jr. College of Business Administration (229)333-5991

Beta Gamma Sigma honors Langdales

Valdosta State University's Beta Gamma Sigma chapter recognized Harley Langdale, Jr., chairman of the Langdale Company and John W. Langdale, Jr., president and CEO of Langdale Industries, as its 2005 Chapter Honorees and honorary members on April 29.

The Chapter Honoree Award is bestowed on persons in the community who have achieved distinction primarily in business, and who possess those qualities of character that Beta Gamma Sigma fosters.

Kenneth L. Stanley, Dean of VSU's Harley Langdale, Jr. College of Business Administration said, "Both Harley and Johnny Langdale meet these qualifications and are natural choices for the honor. They are successful businessmen who have made numerous significant contributions to Valdosta State University, the community, region and state."

At VSU, the Chapter Honoree Award is just one of several programs and activities the chapter sponsors. Other examples include scholarships, sponsorship of the annual Langdale College Honors Banquet, and student participation in Beta Gamma Sigma's Student Leadership Forum.

Beta Gamma Sigma was founded as a national organization in 1913. The society has established more than 370 collegiate chapters in its 90 year history. The first national honor society in business was a merger of three separate societies established to honor academic achievement in business at the University of Wisconsin, University of Illinois and the University of California.

Today, Beta Gamma Sigma is an international society that remains dedicated to recognizing the most outstanding students of business and management. The society serves business schools accredited by AACSB International in the 21st century knowing that its membership of more than 480,000 comprises the brightest and best of the world's business leaders.

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