Hundreds of Augusta State University faculty, staffers, alumni and friends of President William A. Bloodworth Jr. filled Sacred Heart Cultural Center on Thursday to celebrate his retirement as the school’s leader.
Bloodworth, the president since 1993, will remain at ASU as a professor. His last day as president is today.
The president was showered with praise and gifts – from golf clubs to a lamp and a plaque made from the wood of the campus’s iconic Arsenal Oak, which was cut down because of disease.
Karyn Nixon, the executive assistant for Mayor Deke Copenhaver, announced the declaration of June 28 as William A. Bloodworth Day in Augusta, and proclamations were presented by state Sen. Hardie Davis and state Rep. Barbara Sims.
John Trulock and Phil Wahl, of the Augusta State University Foundation, presented Bloodworth with a $115,395 check for a scholarship in his name.
Several who could not be present at the celebration filmed short clips honoring Bloodworth, shown in a 10-minute video featuring a clip from University System of Georgia chancellor Hank Huckabee and former ASU basketball star Ben Madgen.
The celebration concluded with a surprise musical performance of Deep in the Heart of Texas, reworded to honor Bloodworth’s career.
“One last nod to the last of his kind,” the singers concluded, “Augusta loves Bill Bloodworth.”