EDF Board to Hire New CEO for Athens, Ga.

They voted to bring a veteran developer out of retirement.


plans to hire as president and CEO a retired Chamber of Commerce and development official in South Georgia.

The foundation board on Monday voted unanimously to offer a 15-month contract to Peggy Chapman, the former director of the Statesboro-Bulloch Chamber of Commerce and Development Authority.

The contract comes with $115,000 in salary, with an additional $2,000 a month for living expenses. Everything is in the budget, according to EDF Board chairman Jinx Patel.

Chapman retired from her position in Statesboro in 2007.

In Athens, she replaces Mac Brown, who became interim CEO after former

EDF Board Chairman Jinx Patel told the board that Chapman knows and has worked with Mike Mullis, Caterpillar’s site consultant. In a press release, Mullis said he worked with Chapman on various projects in Statesboro and "she knows how to get the job done."

Patel said hiring Chapman will give Athens a great advantage, adding “we’re immediately connected now” to Caterpillar.

Patel said that Chapman came highly recommended to the board. "We feel very fortunate to fine someone of Peggy's experience and talent to be able to help us during this exciting time in our community," she said.

Don Yates, CEcD April 18, 2012 at 12:52 PM
Peggy Chapman always goes the extra mile. The EDF is in good hands. Congrats to the EDF for such a wise decision.
Rebecca McCarthy April 18, 2012 at 03:02 PM
Thanks for giving her a nod of approval, Don. She's meeting Athens folks at a reception today. I'm looking forward to it.


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