William A. Bloodworth Jr., the longtime Augusta State University president who will end his tenure at the end of this academic year, received the Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce’s top honor on Thursday.
The chamber gave Bloodworth the 2012 Lester S. Moody Award of Excellence during its 104th annual meeting at the Augusta Marriott at the Convention Center. Last year’s recipient, Charlie Bellman, presented Bloodworth with the award. Bellman was a founder of the Community Foundation for the CSRA and longtime leader of several nonprofit organizations, as well as a past executive director of the chamber.
“I’m deeply touched to be associated with the name Lester Moody,” Bloodworth said. “And also to follow in the footsteps of Charlie Bellman.”
Bloodworth humorously remarked that he was perplexed why the chamber — a business organization — would honor a college English major and academic.
When Bloodworth retires, he will have completed his 19th year as ASU’s president. Under his leadership, the university grew from a college to a state university. He oversaw major construction projects and record student enrollment.
He has served on many local civic boards, including the Augusta Neighborhood Improvement Corporation, CSRA Business Lending, Communities in Schools and the chamber. Bloodworth is a member of the Rotary Club of Augusta and has served as president of the Peach Belt Conference and the Georgia Association of Colleges.
The award is given annually to an Augusta businessman with exceptional leadership and dedication to the region’s economic foundation. Bloodworth, the award’s fifth recipient, was selected for creativity and initiative throughout his career.
Also at the meeting, Amy Winn, new chamber chairwoman, received the chamber gavel from outgoing Chairman Terry Elam, the president of Augusta Technical College. Winn, the owner of Winning Marketing Solutions, is the second female to serve as chair in the chamber’s 110-year history.