Thursday, August 5, 2010

Jekyll Island Foundation and Jekyll Island Authority Announce New Executive Director

/PRNewswire/ -- The Jekyll Island Foundation together with the Jekyll Island Authority announced today the hiring of Mac DeVaughn as the new Foundation Executive Director. DeVaughn will assume leadership of the fundraising arm of the Jekyll Island Authority replacing outgoing director Cindy McDonald who recently retired.

With more than 20 years of development experience, DeVaughn has delivered proven fundraising success, managerial expertise and innovative leadership in diverse enterprises resulting in sustained performance and revenue growth. DeVaughn provides a strong history of implementing goal orientated long-term strategic plans while leading organizations through start-up, re-organization and growth phases.

"It is with great pleasure that we announce the hiring of Mac DeVaughn who embodies the talents, experience and ability to lead the Jekyll Island Foundation into a very exciting future," announced Bill Lattimore, Chairman of the Jekyll Island Foundation Board of Directors.

DeVaughn's executive experience includes both for profit and non-profit companies in the fields of insurance, sports promotions and cause-related fundraising. His previous executive positions include Founder and CEO of Crescent City Classic 10K, Inc., a New Orleans-based road race which, at one time, was the largest 10k event in the world; and Executive Director for both the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Throughout his professional career DeVaughn has exhibited proficiency in fiscal management and the ability to leverage relationships and negotiate agreements while establishing responsible corporate citizenship, goodwill and community responsiveness.

"With the revitalization of Jekyll Island in full gear, the Foundation has a critical role to play in marketing philanthropic opportunities for preservation, conservation and education projects," stated Jekyll Island Authority Executive Director Jones Hooks. "We need a leader that can take us to the next level, and Mac rose to the top of the list of many excellent candidates."

DeVaughn, a Georgia native from Washington, GA, attended the University of Georgia and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Georgia State University. He and his wife Cathleen have two college-age children.

"The citizens of Georgia are blessed with Jekyll Island, one of nature's true gems," stated DeVaughn. "My goal with the Foundation is to help ensure that financial resources are available to aid the Jekyll Island Authority in preserving and enhancing the island's uniqueness for the enjoyment and education of present and future generations."

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