FVSU alumnus Thomas W. Dortch recognized as ‘community hero’



For the 18th consecutive year, Atlanta Tribune: The Magazine and the George A. Lottier Golf Foundation will recognize the achievements of Georgia’s most notable individuals at its 2016 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, Thursday, Nov 10 in Atlanta. This year, Thomas W. Dortch Jr., FVSC Class of 1972, was selected as one of three community heroes for contributions in business, civil rights or education.

Dortch is chairman and chief executive officer of TWD, and chairman emeritus of 100 Black Men of America. Inc. The Atlanta Tribune accredits the 100 Black Men of America’s expansion to the businessman, who increased the number of chapters to 102 globally. The organization’s mission is to improve the quality of life, and enhance the educational and economic opportunities for African Americans.

In 1990, Dortch became the state director and served as chief administrator for United States Senator Sam Nunn, positioning him as the first African American to serve in this capacity. Some of the entrepreneur’s other accomplishments include: president of South West Investment Group (SWIG); chief executive officer of Atlanta Transportation Systems, Inc.; chairman and CEO of Cornerstone Parking; chairman of Lancor Parking Management, LLC;  managing partner of FAD Consulting, LLC; founder of the National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame Foundation, Inc.;  co-founder of the Georgia Association of Minority Entrepreneurs (GAME); and co-founder of the Greater Atlanta Economic Alliance.

The Fort Valley State alum is the recipient of numerous awards, including: 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004 May editions of Ebony magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential African Americans; Spring 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007 publications of Atlanta Business Chronicle as one of the 100 Most Influential Atlantans; 2008 Community Service Professional of the Year Award; 2008 FraserNet Community Service Award; 2008 Global Leadership Empowerment Award; Board of Trustees, Leadership Atlanta; board member for Grady Memorial Hospital; chairman of the board for Friendship Force International; chairman of Fulton/DeKalb County Hospital Authority Board of Trustees; Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau’s Atlanta Hospitality Hall of Fame 2010 inductee;  2011 board chairman for the Atlanta Business League.

Dortch earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Pre-Professional Social Work from Fort Valley State University in 1972, and a Master of Art Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Clark-Atlanta University in 1986.  He also attended Georgia State University as a Ford Fellow in the Urban Administration Program.  Dortch received honorary doctorate degrees from Fayetteville State University, Jarvis Christian College, Fort Valley State University, University of Maryland Eastern Shore and Livingstone College.

The VIP reception begins at 6 p.m., followed by a banquet at 7 p.m.The induction ceremony will be held at the 755 Club at Turner Field, located at 755 Hank Aaron Dr. SW in Atlanta, Ga.

To purchase tickets, visit https://at2016hof.eventbrite.com.

–FVSU–

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