Georgia Historical Society President and CEO Todd Groce Named to James Magazine’s Most Influential List

Dr. W. Todd Groce, President and CEO of the Georgia Historical Society.

Savannah, GA, March 8, 2023 – Georgia Historical Society (GHS) President and CEO Dr. W. Todd Groce was recognized as one of the most influential Georgians by James Magazine in the publication’s March/April 2023 issue. The list includes Georgia’s most accomplished leaders in business, politics, law, media, and culture.

“I am honored to be included in James Magazine’s ‘Most Influential Georgians’ issue,” said Groce. “This special recognition belongs to our entire team. It is a testament to the growing reputation and influence of the Georgia Historical Society as a nationally-recognized educational and research institution.”

This is the sixth straight year that Groce has appeared on the list.

James Magazine said, “GHS has a rich history unto itself as the state’s oldest and most important public history institution. Now 17 years into his tenure as president, Groce has it running smoother than ever. Its endowment has grown from $1 million when he arrived to nearly $20 million today.”

This year’s “Most Influential” list also recognized several Georgia Trustees, including 2023 inductees Dan Amos and Donna Hyland, and past inductees Ed Bastian, Arthur Blank, Bernie Marcus, Alana Shepherd, Paula Wallace, and Andrew Young. The Georgia Trustees is the highest honor the state can confer. In conjunction with the Governor’s Office, the Georgia Historical Society reestablished the Georgia Trustees in 2008 to recognize Georgians whose accomplishments and community service reflect the noble principle of Non Sibi, Sed Aliis, “Not for Self, but for Others.”

GHS Board of Curators members Venessa Harrison and Chris Womack are also on the list.

Groce was also named a 2023 Notable Georgian in Georgia Trend magazine’s “100 Most Influential Georgians” issue.

Groce holds three degrees in history, including a Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee and a certificate in leadership development from the U.S. Army War College. He is the author and editor of two books on the Civil War era and has written over 100 articles and book reviews on topics including the myth of the Lost Cause, Sherman’s March, and the link between slavery and secession for publications such as the Journal of Southern History and The New York Times. He frequently lectures on leadership, the Civil War and Reconstruction, and the history of the South. He has made television appearances on the History Channel, Discovery Channel, CSPAN, and the BBC.

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