Richard M. McNeely, local attorney and State Court Judge, has been awarded the University System of Georgia Board of Regents Distinguished Alumni Award, 2013. This remarkable distinction is given by the USG Regents to an alumnus who has gone above and beyond in their support of their alma mater. McNeely was nominated by East Georgia State College. He was a 1981 graduate of EGSC, known then as Emanuel County Junior College, a 1983 cum laude graduate of the University of Georgia and 1986 graduate of the Lumpkin School of Law at UGA. Since he returned to Emanuel County in 1986, Richard has been an active supporter of EGSC and an active member of the Swainsboro/Emanuel County community. Richard’s life has centered on service – to his faith, his family, his profession and his community. The following is an excerpt from the nomination letter sent by EGSC to the Board of Regents-
“He is as proud of his community and association with EGSC as we are proud to call him a graduate. He says that his story would have been very different if he had not had the strong foundational start he received at Emanuel County Junior College. At EGSC, we know our story would be very different without Richard McNeely and it is an honor to nominate him for the Regents’ Distinguished Alumni Award.”
Richard and his wife, Renae, have two children, Rachel (Beau) Gunn, a teacher at Swainsboro High School, and Rick, a student at the University of Georgia.
Mr. McNeely will be honored at the “Regents Salute To Education” Gala on March 23 at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis.