Office of Advancement

Every Student, Every Time

Our mission can be summed up at the College of Coastal Georgia in two words—student success. That success is our passion and drive, but also our legacy. We pride ourselves on providing the big school feel with personal touches to make students feel like individuals and not just a number. We challenge and empower our students to be agents of change in a challenging and continually changing world. Our goal is to provide students with the tools to succeed once they graduate and venture into the future while reminding them that they will always be a part of the Mariner Family.

Explore Giving – Make an Impact Today

More than 85 percent of the students who attend Coastal Georgia receive some type of financial aid. This aid is funded through federal, state, outside scholarships and institutional scholarship funds. Coastal Georgia has many dedicated donors who continue to graciously fund our scholarships that enable us to assist hundreds of students with scholarship funds.



The Athletics program’s mission is to promote and provide the opportunity for every student-athlete to develop into a person of character, achieve academic excellence, achieve athletic excellence as a team and as an individual competitor, and actively engage with their campus community and the broader Golden Isles community through athletic events as well as service and outreach activities. Funds raised are used to provide a significant margin of excellence to Mariner student-athletes and coaches. 


Campus Programs & Initiatives


How to Give
Give Online

The College of Coastal Georgia Foundation is a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit organization. Your gift is tax deductible as allowed by law. A gift made online is the quickest way to support the College. Gifts made via credit or debit card with Visa, Mastercard, Discover, or American Express allow you to receive full tax benefits if you itemize deductions.

Give now to Scholarships

Give now to Athletics

Give now to Programs & Initiatives

Give by Phone

To give by phone, please call the Advancement Office at 912-279-5702.

Mail your Gift

Gifts of cash – including checks, Visa, Mastercard, or American Express – also allow you to receive full tax benefits if you itemize deductions. Gifts can be sent to:

Advancement Office:
College of Coastal Georgia Foundation
One College Drive
Brunswick, Georgia 31520

Other Ways to Give

Some other ways to give are through stocks and legacy giving. Legacy giving and estate planning allows for your gift to make a lasting impact on our future students. For more information on the various ways to give, please contact Jamie Bessette, Vice President for Advancement.

College of Coastal Georgia Foundation

Our Foundation Board of Trustees are committed to creating the conditions under which our students can study and thrive. For this academic year, the Foundation will award more than $700,000 in scholarship awards. In fact, more than 11 percent of all students will earn a scholarship at Coastal Georgia. Looking ahead, we aim to recognize our students with more than $1 million in scholarship awards each year – a worthy aspirational goal for an institution of our size and relative youth as a four-year college.

The College of Coastal Georgia Foundation, Inc. develops resources to support the College in providing quality education. The Foundation also serves as an advocate within the Coastal Georgia community and beyond to further the goals of the College.

Board Members 2023 – 2024


Office of Advancement
One College Drive
Brunswick, GA 31520

We hope you will take the time to consider supporting our students and the growth of the College with a gift.

We also welcome you to campus – visit our faculty and staff and let us connect you with our talented and energetic students. With your assistance, we are transforming lives in the Golden Isles. Thank you for helping us create the College of Coastal Georgia’s legacy…today!

Executive Committee
Hillary Stringfellow, Chair
Bill Stembler, Immediate Past Chair
Daren Pietsch, Vice Chair
Susan Imhoff, Secretary
Glenn Hansen, Treasurer
Diana Murphy, At-Large
Cedric King, At-Large
Deb Luginbuhl, At-Large

Dr. Michelle R. Johnston, President, College of Coastal Georgia
Michelle Ham, Vice President for Business Affairs, College of Coastal Georgia
James Bessette, Vice President for Advancement, Executive Director of the Foundation, College of Coastal Georgia
Foundation Board Members 2023 – 2024
Burch Barger
Shawn Boatright
Brenda Boone-Cove
Dialo Cartwright
Kavanaugh Chandler
Jack Crews
Heard Galis
William Gussman
Tony Guthrie
Tres Hamilton
Kay Hampton
Glenn Hansen
Duane Harris
Angela Heys
James Holler
Susan Imhoff
Cedric King
Stephen Kinney
Janice Lamattina
Abra Lattany-Reed
Ben Lee
Deb Luginbuhl
Scott McQuade
Steve Melnyk
Diana Murphy
Don Myers
Brenda Nease
Missy Neu
Patrick Parker
Daren Pietsch
John Rogers
Michael Scherneck
Scott Steilen
Hillary Stringfellow
Catina Tindall
Lance Toland
Curtis Tumlin
Thomas Walden
Shirley Wilson
Dave Zimmerman

Athletic Program to Benefit from Former Professor’s Estate

December 17, 2021
Dr. George Dupuy has designated the College of Coastal Georgia’s Athletics Department as a benefi…

Goodwill Home, Inc. Creates Scholarship at Coastal

September 16, 2021
Goodwill Home, Inc. has established the Black Scholars Endowed Scholarship at the College of Coas…

Paying it Forward: The Fields Non-Traditional Student Scholarship

June 17, 2021
By Tiffany King At the age of 54, Tammy Fields graduated with her Bachelor of Business Administra…

Casey Hanak

Casey Hanak

Assistant Director of Development & Alumni Engagement

Tedi Rountree

Tedi Rountree

Digital Media Specialist

Tedi received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia in 2013. After graduating, she accepted a position at WTOC-TV, the Southeast News Leader, in Savannah. During her six years at the station, Tedi worked as a digital producer, producing digital broadcasts and anchoring her own digital broadcast shows. In 2020, she made the move to Saint Simons Island and joined the College as the Digital Media Specialist. In her spare time, Tedi enjoys river and saltwater fishing, going to football games, traveling to Keith Urban shows, and spending time with her family, friends, and cats.

Libby Staab

Libby Staab

Executive Assistant to the Vice President of Advancement