KSU Foundation inducts new trustees, appoints Trent Turk as chair


KENNESAW, Ga. (Jul 10, 2020) — The Kennesaw State University Foundation has inducted five new trustees and named Trent Turk, the founder and CEO of GeoSurvey, Ltd., as its newest board chair.

Trent Turk
Trent Turk
Turk, a graduate of Southern Polytechnic State University with a degree in civil engineering technology, has shown a passion for higher education by serving in many roles with the SPSU Foundation and then the Kennesaw State Foundation. He succeeds James Dunn as chair of the Foundation, the nonprofit that oversees funding of student scholarships and other financial support of KSU.

“I am both honored and excited to begin my term as chairman of the Kennesaw State University Foundation,” Turk said. “I commit to honor President Pamela Whitten’s directive to make certain we put students first in everything Kennesaw State does. We will strive as a Foundation to support the University in every way possible and ensure that all decisions we make will ultimately benefit our students and their academic careers.”

Turk praised the KSU Foundation’s nominating committee, led by Michael J. Coles, for recommending this year’s five new inductees to the board of trustees:

  • Angie Alexander – project manager, Amazon
  • Ron L. Braund – president and co-founder, Family Business Transitions/CoMission for Children
  • R. Allen Brooks – president, ServIT
  • Beth Lowry – executive vice president, Holder Construction
  • Alana Mueller – partner, Bennett Thrasher LLP

KSU Foundation Trustees

The new trustees will serve five-year terms through July 1, 2025. In addition, trustees Frank Howard and Judith Moen each have been re-elected to serve a second five-year term on the board.

Turk, who previously was the board’s vice chair/chair-elect, will continue to serve on the Kennesaw State Foundation’s executive committee. Joining him as 2020-21 officers are Steven Cadranel, vice chair/chair-elect; Andre Schnabl, treasurer; Douglas Jones, secretary; and Dunn, immediate past chairman.

Longtime trustees Stanley Dysart and Hollister Hill are concluding their time on the board due to trustee term limitations. Dysart served on the board of trustees for 19 years and Hill for 16 years.

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