L.B. “Buzz” Ahrens is taking the reins as chair for Reinhardt University’s 2010-11 A DAY Campaign. As a horse enthusiast for many years, Ahrens has learned the ropes on how to be a strong leader and take on any challenge that crosses his path; leading Reinhardt’s A DAY Campaign is a challenge that he has already taken head on.
“Reinhardt is growing at a responsible and rational pace,” Ahrens said. “The University is truly a unique institution of higher learning, so I am glad to offer my time in an effort to ensure funding is available for Cherokee students.”
Ahrens has set his goals high this year for what he hopes to accomplish for the 2010-11 campaign. “I want us to exceed the goal set by the University; second, I want us to challenge ourselves to identify additional contributors; third, we will look for unique, innovative methods to make giving easy and rewarding, and lastly, we will use this outreach opportunity to make more people aware of Reinhardt's growth, quality, and how it fits into the Cherokee County community overall.”
Although not a graduate of the University himself, Ahrens, a resident of Canton, Ga., is committed to helping Cherokee County students receive the quality of higher education he feels they deserve. “A DAY is unique because the campaign funds raised are  matched 100 percent by the University and  specifically used to provide financial assistance [ scholarships ] for residents of Cherokee County. It is a compelling story when we see our local students staying and succeeding in college because they received the A DAY scholarship.”
Like his passion for horses, Ahrens has a strong passion for Reinhardt’s A DAY, and he plans to never drop the reins on making it successful for the University and for Cherokee County’s students. “The University is dedicated to shaping lives and building futures, and as chair of A DAY, I hope to help make that continue to be a reality for our students.”
Ahrens is currently the chairman of the Cherokee County Board of Commissioners [term began January 01, 2007]. He is a board member for the following organizations: Cherokee County Water and Sewer Authority, vice chair; Cherokee County Board of Health; Atlanta Regional Commission, executive, policy, environment & land use, transportation & air quality, and regional transit committees; Metro Atlanta Arts and Culture Coalition; ACCG, Pension Board of Trustees; Cherokee County Airport Authority; and Development Authority of Cherokee County.
Prior to his election, Ahrens was an executive with extensive background in the global marketplace providing management leadership, brand-building, and strategic direction within the consumer products industry. Ahrens worked for such well-know organizations as: Rubbermaid, Inc., where he served as senior vice president international and corporate officer; and VF Corporation, where he served as president Europe Jeanswear, president of Asia-Pacific.
Ahrens attended Yale University and earned a bachelor of arts in 1965. He is a graduate of Thunderbird Graduate School of International Management and George Washington University, where he earned a masters of business administration in international business. Ahrens also served as an officer in the United States Navy and was awarded the Joint Service Commendation Medal.
He resides in Canton, Ga. with his wife of 45 years, Joan. He has four children and four grandchildren.
Created in 1988, the A DAY for Reinhardt campaign is an annual effort to provide support for Cherokee County students attending Reinhardt University. A DAY helps to fund the University’s Cherokee County Grant Program. This grant gives eligible students the opportunity to receive as much as $8,000 during their four years at the University. Since A DAY’s inception, more than $3 million in Cherokee County grants have been awarded to local deserving students. For more information about A DAY, visit www.reinhardt.edu/advancement
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