Jo Ann Ray Honors Husband with Gift to UWG Newnan

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Jo Ann Ray Honors Husband with Gift to UWG Newnan
Jo Ann Ray Makes Donation in Honor of Her Husband Sam Ray
CARROLLTON, GA – Newnan resident Jo Ann Boozer Ray recently donated a gift in honor of her husband
Samuel Teague Ray, Sr., to the University of West Georgia Foundation in support of UWG Newnan. The gift
will be used to fund facility enhancements at UWG Newnan, which will soon be housed in the historic Newnan
Hospital.
Sam and Jo Ann Ray are dedicated public servants. Sam’s 32-year career in public health and Jo Ann’s passion
for preservation and involvement in multiple museums and historical societies led them to donating this gift that
they feel accomplishes two goals: assisting in the restoration of one of Newnan’s treasured landmarks, the
historic Newnan Hospital, and ensuring success for Newnan residents and beyond for years to come.
“We decided that this would be the perfect way to recognize the things that we feel are important for Newnan
and for outside our community as well,” Jo Ann says. “I think the campus will continue to grow, and I think
more students will start coming here. The university provides excellent opportunities for not only traditional
students, but also for more mature students looking to increase their education.”
Sam began his career as the city representative for the Center for Disease Control and the Syphilis Eradication
Program in New York and New Jersey. He then went on the Tulane University, where he received his master’s
degree in public health and helped to develop the methodology for certification for Medicare and Medicaid.
Afterward he moved to Georgia to work in the Department of Health in Atlanta, developing clinics in rural areas
throughout the South. “My husband has always been concerned about the care of his fellow man,” Jo Ann adds.
Jo Ann’s resume is equally as impressive. She is currently involved in many organizations and serves on the
City of Newnan Art Commission, Board of Global Achievers and the Patrons Board of the Centre of Visual and
Performing Arts. Previously, she was the main street director for the City of Newnan, board member and
director for the Newnan Coweta Historical Society and the Male Academy Museum, the executive director of
the Georgia Association of Museums and Galleries, and many more. She also holds a Bachelor of Science
degree in clothing and textiles from the University of Alabama and a Certificate of Interior Design from Atlanta
University.
“I think the new UWG Newnan facility will be extremely impressive, simply because of the setting that it is in
and that it will prevent the tear down of a historic building,” she says. “That’s one of the things that has always
been important to me, maintaining the integrity of Newnan and Coweta County. This will be a wonderful
addition to our city.”
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The University of West Georgia is the land of opportunity for approximately 12,000 undergraduate and graduate students in 93 fields
of study. The university is known for its innovative approach to scholarly achievement, creative expression, and service to humanity. It
is recognized by U.S. News & World Report magazine as the #45 public university in the South.
Founded in Carrollton, Ga., in 1906, UWG also offers classes at its Newnan and Douglasville centers and online. For more
information, please visit westga.edu.
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