Scott D. Hawkins has been elected chairman of the LaGrange College Board of Trustees. He replaces Bill Hodges, who rotated off the board at its meeting on April 25.
“We are extremely blessed as an institution to have talented alumni to provide leadership for our trustees and our college,” said President Dan McAlexander. “Chairman Hawkins brings his business acumen, his years of institutional experience and his personal passion for this college to his new role. I have the utmost confidence in his strong leadership of our board as it provides guidance, oversight and support to the college.”
Hawkins graduated from LaGrange College in 1974 with a degree in mathematics, and later earned a law degree from the University of Georgia and an MBA from Harvard University. He received an honorary doctorate from LaGrange College in 2010.
“Way back in 1974, this 17-year-old freshman found strength of purpose, a focus on students and a strong emphasis on character when I arrived at LaGrange College,” he said. “All of these prepared me to succeed in the real world.
“Now, I am humbled to return my thanks for that life-changing experience in some small way. This is, indeed, one of the greatest honors of my life.
“I am proud of LaGrange College’s great heritage and of the amazing place it has become. I look forward to working with our board members as we support President McAlexander in his work to lead the college to an even brighter future.”
After serving as legal counsel for West Point-Pepperell, Hawkins has spent his career in commercial real estate development and investment management in the Southeast. His acquisition and development experience includes office, industrial, business park, residential, retail, golf courses and land.
He has worked as vice president for strategic planning for Watkins Associated Industries, as partner in Resource Real Estate Partners, and as managing partner in The Hawkins Companies.
“Scott’s business success reflects his incredible energy and leadership ability,” said Bill Hodges. “I am happy to leave the board in such capable and caring hands.”
At LaGrange College, Hawkins has a long history of volunteerism. He has served on the Leadership Council and as its president, helped guide the development of the college’s football program that debuted in 2006, chaired the college’s most recent Defining Moment fundraising campaign that exceeded $65 million and constructed a new campus library, and served on the Board of Trustees since 2002. Hawkins Hall, a residence hall on campus, is named in honor of his mother, Annie Carter Hawkins, and in memory of his father, Allen W. Hawkins Sr.
Hawkins’ other volunteer service includes serving as chairman of the Mount Kenya Academy Foundation, trustee of The Westminster Schools and Trinity School, president of the Harvard Business School Club of Atlanta, director of the Harvard Business School Alumni Association, and board chair of Northside United Methodist church. He also serves on the advisory board of Shepherd Center and the Duke Law School Board of Visitors and leads the Hawkins Foundation.
Hawkins and Hodges were fraternity brothers during their years as undergraduates at LaGrange College. Hodges earned a bachelor’s degree in history from the college in 1972, and began his service as chairman of the Board of Trustees in 2007, after joining the board in 1998. He also chaired the Presidential Review Committee from 2000 to 2008, and in 2009, chaired the Presidential Search Committee.
He co-founded Hodges Ward Associates in 1975, a hotel brokerage and investment banking firm. With a track record of $34 billion in hospitality-related transactions since 1990, the company is considered the preeminent brokerage and investment banking firm in the hospitality industry.
Other officers elected at the April trustees meeting include Robert Carmichael Jr., vice chair; Dan McAlexander, 2nd vice chair; Nancy Stevens, secretary; and Martin Pirrman Jr., treasurer.