JoEllen Wilson, Reinhardt special assistant to the president and director of community relations, made the presentation to Mr. Hasty during the College's Board of Trustees meeting on Nov. 12, 2001.
She read the Trustees' resolution that said "the name William G. Hasty Sr. has been synonymous with education in Georgia since 1941 due to his profession as a teacher, principal, superintendent of Cherokee County Schools and with the Georgia Education Association." It also described him as "a faithful supporter, advisor and donor to Reinhardt College since his graduation in 1941." It commended him for encouraging four generations of the Hasty family to attend the College and acknowledged his work in the community as an author, newspaper columnist, state representative, state senator and Ninth District representative and vice chair on the State Transportation Board.
In response to the award, Hasty told the Trustees, "If that won't make you humble, nothing else will. My goodness, I feel about that high," he says, holdings his fingers an inch or two apart.
"If there's ever been a product of this school and this College, it's Bill Hasty," he said. "I came from the Clayton community, just three miles that way. If it hadn't been for this College (he paused and grinned), I might have gone into business and 'made a millionaire,' " he said. Laughter erupted throughout the room. "Reinhardt College has meant everything to me," he said.
Wilson said college officials wanted to name the award for Senator Hasty because of his love of education and his love for other people.
"This award is a wonderful reminder of his legacy of giving to others," she said. "What a fitting way for Reinhardt to honor this alumnus, a man of great vision and infectious enthusiasm who works tirelessly to improve the world around him."
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