Master of Public Administration (MPA)
A graduate of UGA’s Terry College of Business, Stephanie joins the MPA program after a long career in private industry as founder and CEO of Plexus, Inc., the first female owned technology company in Athens that she started in 1997. After defeating breast cancer, she shuttered this business in 2013, and accepted an opportunity to put her entrepreneurial skills to work within the UGA community. She serves as the visionary for Franklin College Web Services Division. She collaborates across campus to develop college wide initiatives that improves the web site presences of all Departments, Centers and Institutes. Her team also manages the campus online course evaluation system. Stephanie is very engaged in the community and has served in a variety of leadership positions in many high profile nonprofit organizations and governmental authorities. She serves as the Treasurer for Athens Film Arts Institute aka Ciné. She is also the Treasurer for the new Joint Development Authority for Athens Clarke County and Winterville. This authority is responsible for distributing over 2 million dollars dedicated to emergency relief for small businesses in Athens and Winterville. Over the last decade, she has also served in leadership positions for Jeanette Rankin Women’s Scholarship program, Nuçi Space, Better Business Bureau, Athens Economic Development Foundation, Athens Cultural Affairs Commission, and, most recently, the 2020 Athens Clarke County Overview Commission. Outside of her professional obligations, she is an experienced Tango dancer, pottery designer, seamstress and genealogical researcher.