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SCAD's Paula Wallace selected as new GA History Trustee
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 The Georgia Historical Society announced today that Paula S. Wallace and Alana Smith Shepherd will be the latest inductees to the Georgia Trustees at the annual Trustees Gala in February 2015.

Paula Wallace is the president and co-founder of the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), established in 1978. Today SCAD awards undergraduate and graduate degrees in more than 40 areas of study at locations in Savannah, Atlanta, Hong Kong, and Lacoste, France.

Alana Shepherd is co-founder of Shepherd Center, a world-renowned rehabilitation hospital in Atlanta, specializing in medical treatment, research and rehabilitation for people with spinal cord injury, brain injury and other neurological conditions.

“The Georgia Historical Society and the office of the Governor have chosen two individuals whose drive and determination have advanced the cause of medicine, art and education in Georgia,” said W. Todd Groce, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Georgia Historical Society. “Through their leadership and accomplishments, they have touched the lives of thousands, not just in Georgia but around the world, and we are honored that they will be inducted as the newest Georgia Trustees."

The induction will take place Saturday, February 14, 2015, at the Georgia Trustees Gala, “The Seven Empires.” For information on how to purchase individual seats and tables for the event, please visit

Georgia Historical Society Director of Programs Christy Crisp announced that the Featured Historical Figure for the 2015 Georgia History Festival will be legendary Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto.

“We have chosen Hernando de Soto in observance of the 475th anniversary of his journeys in Georgia,” said Crisp. “We look forward to bringing the story of his exploration in Georgia and the broader legacy of Spanish exploration in the American southeast to classrooms across the state through educational materials and in-school visits.”