COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Former First Lady of Georgia, Shirley Miller, was the keynote speaker for a summit by the Zell Miller Foundation in Columbus to help develop leaders and decision makers in the peach state.
Zell Miller is a former Governor and Senator and died in March of 2018 after being treated for Parkinson's Disease. His wife Shirley Miller says his life was dedicated to serving others with a few core values always in mind.
"Learning about leadership skills, public service, and education," says Miller.
The program consists of five-weekend summits in Athens, Macon, Augusta, Columbus and their last stop being Savannah Georgia with forty members in the inaugural class. One of those members says it's all about giving back to the entire state of Georgia.
"The goal of the Zell Miller Foundation is very simple. That's to bring together a diverse group of community leaders who have a knack for public service. That carries out Governor Miller's mission to see Georgia a better place," says leadership academy participant Zack Tumlin.
Mayor Tomlinson gave the welcoming remarks this evening and she says this foundation is a true testament to the life and legacy of Zell Miller.
"Always thinking about education, always thinking about building the next generation of leaders, so tonight we celebrate the memory of Zell and the continued legacy of Shirley Miller," says Mayor Tomlinson.