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Record-breaking Attendance at 'A PAGE Turning Event'

Tuesday, September 13, 2016  
Posted by: Michelle Crawford
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More than 600 guests honored CEO and Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks and his colleagues at Gwinnett County Public Schools at the PAGE Foundation’s 12th Annual “A PAGE Turning Event,” on Monday, Sept. 12, 2016, at the Infinite Energy Forum in Duluth, GA.

“A PAGE Turning Event” recognizes leaders from business, philanthropy, government and education for exemplary support for public school improvement.  It is the first time in the event’s history that an educator has been honored.  Dr. William E. Russell, CEO of Russell Landscape Companies, and Allen Thomas, regional vice president, southeast region of VALIC, co-chaired the host committee for this year’s event. 

Wilbanks accepted two awards from PAGE Executive Director Dr. Allene Magill; the first on behalf and in appreciation of the faculty and staff of Gwinnett County Public Schools; the second in recognition of Wilbanks’ exemplary leadership benefiting Georgia’s educators and students. John Yates, Wilbanks’ eleventh-grade mathematics teacher at Commerce High School in Commerce, GA, attended the event and was recognized from the podium as Wilbanks’ favorite teacher.

Wilbanks has done a great deal in his 50-plus years in public education to merit recognition.  Three Georgia governors and two U.S. secretaries of education have called upon him to help to craft significant education reform legislation. In 2005 he was named Georgia’s “Superintendent of the Year.”  Gwinnett County Public Schools is the 13th largest school system in the nation, employing about 23,000 employees who serve 178,000 enrolled students. It is widely recognized as one of America’s top urban school districts, winning the distinctive Broad Prize for Urban Education twice.

Syndicated Columnist Dick Yarbrough was master of ceremonies for the banquet.  Previous honorees of  “A PAGE Turning Event”  include: Georgia-Pacific and Georgia-Pacific Foundation President Curley M. Dossman, Jr.; BellSouth and BellSouth Georgia President Phil Jacobs; Southern Company and Southern Company Chairman, President and CEO David Ratcliffe; The Coca-Cola Company and The Coca-Cola Foundation Chair Ingrid Saunders Jones; GE and GE Vice Chairman John Rice, The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation and Stephanie Blank and Arthur Blank; United States Senator Johnny Isakson and United States Congressman John Lewis; AT&T Georgia and AT&T Georgia President Sylvia Russell; Georgia Power and Georgia Power Chairman, President and CEO Paul Bowers; Wells Fargo and Regional President Mike Donnelly; and R L Brown & Associates, Inc. and President and CEO Robert L. Brown, Jr.

Sponsors of “A PAGE Turning Event” this year include, at the Valedictorian level:  Delta Air Lines; Georgia-Pacific; Georgia Power and VALIC; and at the Salutatorian level: Adams, Hemingway & Wilson, LLP; Board of Regents, University System of Georgia; Emtec; GE; and Howard and Mary Morrison.


Caption:  (l-r) PAGE Executive Director Dr. Allene Magill and 2016 “A PAGE Turning Event” honoree Gwinnett County Public Schools CEO/Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks.


The Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE), the parent organization of the PAGE Foundation, is a statewide professional association of more than 91,000 educators, administrators and support personnel. Our core business is to provide professional learning for educators that will enhance professional competence and confidence, build leadership qualities and lead to higher academic achievement for students, while providing the best in membership, legislative services and support.


As a 501(c) (3) organization, the PAGE Foundation supports PAGE, encouraging and receiving charitable gifts that advance the association’s core business and programs such as the PAGE STAR Student and STAR Teacher program, the PAGE Academic Bowl for Middle Grades, the PAGE Georgia Academic Decathlon and PAGE Foundation Scholarships.



Professional Association of Georgia Educators
PO Box 942270
Atlanta, GA  31141-2270
770-216-8555 / 800-334-6861



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