Edward Tarver, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia, was honored by the Augusta State University Alumni Association with its Distinguished Alumnus Award at its annual meeting and awards celebration Feb. 18 at Saint Paul's Church.
He was recognized for achieving a level of excellence in his chosen profession and for providing outstanding support to the community and to the university. This marks the second award presented to Tarver from the university's Alumni Association. In 2007, he was named recipient of the Golden Key Award. He also received the 2008 President's Award from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
Tarver has served as a U.S. attorney since 2009, when he was appointed by President Barak Obama.
Before being appointed to his current position, Tarver served as a state senator representing the 22nd district. In the Georgia Senate, he served as secretary of the Banking and Financial Institutions Committee as well as a member of the Appropriations, Economic Development, Government Oversight, Military Affairs and Special Judiciary committees.
Tarver served as chairman of the Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce, president and chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Leadership Georgia Foundation, president of Augusta Technical College's Board of Directors, and member of the Board of Directors of the Georgia Bank and Trust Company.
Tarver also was a member of the Court Advisory Committee for the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Georgia, and remains an active member of the State Bar of Georgia and the Augusta Bar Association.
He received his bachelor's degree in political science from ASU, then known as Augusta College, in 1981. Tarver served in the U.S. Army as a field artillery officer before entering the University of Georgia School of Law, where he earned a juris doctor degree in 1991.