Georgia Southern University Associate Vice President of Auxiliary Services Eddie Mills (‘92) was recently honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2019 National Association of College Auxiliary Services (NACAS) South Regional Conference, held in Destin, Florida, in April.
With more than 23 years of experience in Auxiliary Services, Mills has dedicated much of his career to improving the field and the institutions with which he has been involved. Starting his career in Athletics at Florida International University (FIU) after college, the Georgia Southern alumnus was eager to grow professionally.
Felecia Townsend, then FIU Auxiliary Services Coordinator, took Mills under her wing and suggested he take a job at the campus print shop. He followed her guidance and obtained new skills in finance and management. He also attended his first NACAS conference in 1997.
Right away, Mills was inspired by the welcoming group of people he met.
“Everyone was so friendly and willing to share their knowledge as well as their problems they were working through,” said Mills. “I fit right in, and I really enjoyed it.”
Mills jumped right into the organization, taking on coordinator roles and chair positions. He volunteered for years both during his time at FIU and later at Florida State University, serving as the NACAS South secretary, vice president elect, president, past president and host conference chair, among other positions.
Since coming to Georgia Southern in 2010, Mills has also become involved in leadership roles with the Southern Association of College and University Business Officers Board of Directors, the NACAS Foundation and NACAS National. He also served as a faculty member for the University of Kentucky’s College Business Management Institute and received the Certified Auxiliary Services Professional distinction in 2011.
“My favorite part of being in the organization is creating relationships with colleagues and business partners,” he said. “It’s so beneficial to have the opportunity to create this network of professionals. I’m grateful to work in such a diverse field with different perspectives.”
Georgia Southern Auxiliary Services Executive Director for Administration Jeff Blythe nominated Mills for the award earlier this year. Having worked with Mills for nearly a decade, Blythe was eager to nominate someone he felt was so deserving.
“Eddie is the epitome of a leader,” said Blythe. “He cares about people. He cares about his staff, and he genuinely wants the best experience for the students at Georgia Southern.”
NACAS South Membership Coordinator Chris Fulkerson also appreciates Mills’ dedication.
“From my personal interactions with Eddie through NACAS and NACAS South, I know that he is a role model for people in Auxiliary Services,” he said. “He is highly respected throughout the industry. People either know Eddie, have a story about him, served on a committee or board with him or have been taught or mentored by him.”
Though he has impacted many, it was Mills who was most humbled by the recognition.
“It was honestly such a surprise,” he said. “I heard the description of the winner being read, and it wasn’t until nearly the end that I realized they were even talking about me. I’m so appreciative. Awards like this are so meaningful because they come from your peers. The fact that they see value in what you’ve done is pretty special.”
The Lifetime Achievement Award is given annually to an individual who has excelled in the field of auxiliary services. The recipient should be a role model for aspiring auxiliary services professionals, and the recipient’s action must have benefitted both their institution and higher education. All nominees should have an extensive list of professional achievements, strong management skills and a history of providing leadership to their institution and profession.
“We are so proud of Eddie and his accomplishments,” said Townsend. “The award is well deserved.”
Please continue to closely monitor official messaging from Georgia Southern University in regards to weather and closure updates.
Due to inclement weather and the threat of Hurricane Michael, Auxiliary Services will begin amended operating hours starting Oct. 9. As conditions improve and the University reopens, so will Auxiliary Services departments.
Health Services, Parking and Transportation, Eagle Card Services and all retail locations (University Store, Tech Corner, Armstrong Bookstore and Retail Dining locations) on both the Statesboro and Armstrong campuses will be closed on Wednesday, Oct. 10, Thursday, Oct. 11 and while the University remains closed.
The amended operating hours for Oct. 10-11 are as follows:
Statesboro & Armstrong campuses- Residence halls will remain open. Housing staff and Public Safety officers will be on the Statesboro and Armstrong campuses at all times. Students are encouraged to shelter in place and avoid unnecessary travel.
Eagle Dining Services
Dining Commons- 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., limited menu. From 2-3 p.m. passing out boxed lunches to dining plan holders on Oct. 10.
Lakeside Dining Commons- Closed.
The Galley- 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., limited menu. From 2-3 p.m. passing out boxed lunches to dining plan holders on Oct. 10.
All Retail Locations- Closed.
Statesboro Campus- Closed.
Armstrong Campus- Closed.
*Appointments will be rescheduled.
University Store- Closed.
Tech Corner- Closed.
Printing and Postal Services- Closed.
Armstrong Bookstore- Closed.
Eagle Card Services
Statesboro Campus- Closed.
Armstrong Campus- Closed.
Parking and Transportation
Statesboro Campus- Closed. Shuttles will not operate.
Armstrong Campus- Closed.
Amended hours for Thursday and Friday will be updated at a later time. Check back regularly for updates. For further information on University closures, visit http://www.georgiasouthern.edu/alert/.
Auxiliary Services is one of the largest employers on Georgia Southern University’s campus. Our goal is to offer unique student employment opportunities and assist students in developing their professional skills.
If you are looking for an on-campus job, “get picked” by visiting the Auxiliary Services Job Fair on March 20 from 2-4p.m. in the Russell Union Ballroom. Representatives from Chick-fil-A (Statesboro Campus), Dining Commons, Lakeside DC, University Housing, Auxiliary Services Marketing, University Store, Tech Corner, the Auxiliary Services Distribution Center and more will be there to speak with eager students interested in student employment.
PLEASE NOTE: Dress is business casual. Don’t forget to bring copies of your current resume, references and/or portfolio for review.
Eagle Dining Services will host a Carnival themed special dining event during Homecoming week this year. This event will take place at Lakeside Dining Commons Thursday, October 12, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Kent Tatum, General Manager of Lakeside, is excited to put on another special event for the students. “The Lakeside staff enjoys putting on these events because we can be more creative, and do something for the students we don’t get to do on a daily basis. We try to create a more festive atmosphere that excites not only the students but the staff as well, thanks to the food and decorations,” said Tatum. Carnival themed food such as; Fried Pickles, Teriyaki Glazed Turkey Legs, Cheeseburger Dip with House Fried Potato Chips and much more will be offered as well as fun games and prizes.
Eagle Dining welcomes all students, faculty and staff to attend the Homecoming Carnival. Eagle Dining Plan holders have all-access to the event under their dining plan. The cost for Eaglexpress is $12, and for those wishing to use credit, debit, or cash, the cost is $15 + tax. Lakeside Dining Commons will be closed from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. to prepare for the event, but Dining Commons will be upon to accommodate everyone during that time.
- Perfect time-management skills necessary for academic success
- Learn how to budget money
- Gain career-related experience as they clarify goals, acquire skills and self-confidence, and build a network of contacts