Dr. W. Todd Groce, President and CEO of the Georgia Historical Society, and Robert S. Jepson, Jr., GHS Board of Curators Chairman, have been named by Georgia Trend Magazine as two of the 100 most influential Georgians. This is the fourth year for Dr. Groce and third for Mr. Jepson to make the annual listing of the state’s most powerful and influential citizens who affect the lives and livelihoods of all Georgians.
Dr. Groce, the 43rd President of the Georgia Historical Society, has overseen unprecedented growth for GHS and will celebrate his 20th anniversary at GHS in 2015. Under his leadership the institution’s operating budget has increased from less than $200,000 to nearly $2.5 million, its endowment has grown from $1 million to over $7 million, and its membership has tripled from 2,000 to 6,000, including nearly 200 local historical organizations in 80 counties.
Robert S. Jepson, Jr. is Chairman and CEO of Jepson and Associates and the Chairman of the Georgia Historical Society Board of Curators. Mr. Jepson is a businessman, philanthropist and former Chairman and CEO of the Jepson Corporation, a Fortune 500 diversified manufacturing conglomerate, which he founded in 1983. He is past chairman of the Georgia Ports Authority, founder of the Jepson School of Leadership Studies at the University of Richmond and was named the 2013 Most Respected Business Leader in Georgia by Georgia Trend.