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Governor Sonny Perdue Recommends Bill Donohue to Continue Leadership of the Jekyll Island State Park Authority

Monday, June 16, 2003  Contact: Office of Communications 404-651-7774


Atlanta - Governor Sonny Perdue announced plans to recommend Bill Donohue continue his service as Executive Director of the Jekyll Island State Park Authority (Authority).

"Jekyll Island is a beautiful natural resource and a popular vacation and recreation area," said Governor Sonny Perdue. "The state must continue to carefully maintain one of Georgia's premier barrier islands. I am confident that Bill Donohue will continue serving Jekyll Island and our state and with a sound understanding of stewardship and responsibility."

Jekyll Island is leased by the state to the Authority, which is comprised of a nine-member board. The board is appointed by the Governor for four-year terms to set policy for the island's operation and is responsible for hiring the Executive Director. The Executive Director and a staff of four Senior Division Directors oversee the operation, maintenance and promotion of the island's amenities and Historic Landmark District, and the provision of municipal services for the island's residential community, 10 hotels, rental cottages and businesses.

A brief biography of Bill Donohue is provided below:

William "Bill" Donohue, 45, Brunswick, GA - Donohue has served as Executive Director of the Jekyll Island State Park Authority since September 1997. Previously, he worked for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR). While at DNR, Donohue directed operations and administrative and financial details for state park lodges in North Georgia, including Executive Director of the North Georgia Mountains Authority. He received a Bachelor of Science in Hotel Management from Cornell University. His civic activities include Vice President of the Brunswick Chamber of Commerce, Brunswick-Golden Isles Visitors Bureau Board Member, President of the Brunswick Rotary Club, and United Way of Brunswick Board Member. Donohue and his wife, Terrilynn, have four children.