Jency Stevens, a 2019 graduate of Swainsboro High School and daughter of Mark and Lynn Stevens, was recently awarded the James W. Buckley Leadership Scholarship at East Georgia State College. Stevens is a freshman at EGSC majoring in biology.
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 began 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, Texas, 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, and then acquired the company’s Georgia assets six years later. In doing so, James W. Buckley and Associates was born. Buckley passed away at the age of 88 on September 20, 2019, after an extended illness.
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 worked hard and gave 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.