Cameron Kea, a recent honor graduate of Swainsboro High School and son of Rusty and April Kea, was recently awarded the James W. Buckley Leadership Scholarship at East Georgia State College. Kea is a freshman at EGSC majoring in a pre-med track with plans of becoming a physician, and has also been named a Correll Scholar. He is a life-long resident of Emanuel County and has one sister, Emily. His grandparents are Barney and Patricia Kea and Trudie Oglesby.
The James W. Buckley Leadership Scholarship was established in the mid 1990s by James’s wife, Imogene, to honor an exceptional high school graduate with plans to attend East Georgia State College. The recipient must excel in scholarship, leadership and service to the community. These are ideals that the Buckleys see as indicators of a student’s future success.
James “Jim” Buckley’s extensive resume begins at Hendrix College, where he studied for one year before transferring to the University of Arkansas. He received a bachelor’s degree in architecture and served as president of his chapter of the Sigma Chi Fraternity, making the Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities list in the process. He was a cadet colonel in the Air Force ROTC, and went on to serve three years as a general in the United States Air Force before he returned to Houston, Tex. to begin his lengthy, prosperous career. He received his master’s degree in architecture from Rice University, then went to work with the firm of Bulloch and Bulloch. He moved to Swainsboro in 1962 to open a branch office, then acquired the company’s Georgia assets six years later. In doing so, James W. Buckley and Associates was born.
Imogene began working for the company in 1970 and, four years later, the two were wed. They remained business partners, running the local architectural firm, as well as their other Georgia branches. In her time at Buckley and Associates, Imogene served as CFO and office manager.
From running businesses (Imogene at the Edenfield Inn) and public service (Jim’s 14-year term as mayor of Swainsboro), the couple has worked hard and given many good years to the Swainsboro community. Their service on Boards, associations, civic clubs and higher education institutions has been legendary.
East Georgia State College is honored to be a part of this meaningful scholarship given to a very deserving student by these committed donors.