Valdosta State University’s Doctor of Public Administration Program

A gift planning professional for almost two decades, Anthony W. Duva serves as the director of Habitat for Humanity International’s planned giving development division. Anthony W. Duva earned a juris doctor from the University of Florida College of Law and is currently enrolled in a doctoral program at Valdosta State University, where he studies health care law and health policy. Mr. Duva is slated to defend his dissertation and graduate in the spring of 2016 with a doctor of public administration.

The doctor of public administration (DPA) program at Valdosta State University targets mid-career students who have knowledge of public and nonprofit administration. The doctoral program requires completion of 54 credit hours in topics such as research methods in public administration and financial management for public and nongovernment organizations.

Additionally, students must select an area of concentration and complete 15 credits hours in their area of interest. The 15 credit hours apply toward the 54 credits required to graduate, and the concentration must be approved by a DPA coordinator. In the health care area, students may take courses in health policy and politics of managing urban areas, which covers health regulations in municipalities.


GRU to Launch Initial Scholarships from $66 Million Endowment

Senior philanthropy executive Anthony W. Duva heads the gift planning division at Georgia Regents University (GRU). A resident of the Augusta, Georgia, area, he joined GRU in 2003, at which time the institution was known as the Medical College of Georgia. Over the past decade, Anthony W. Duva has managed and coordinated planned gifts and donor estate planning initiatives for all five schools operating under the GRU banner, including the Medical College of Georgia (MCG).

In the fall of 2014, MCG at GRU will provide the first scholarships stemming from a large endowment gift from the late MCG alumnus Dr. J. Harold Harrison. An accomplished vascular surgeon, Dr. Harrison died in 2012. His estate bestowed $10 million to MCG for the construction of a new Education Commons Building. In April of 2013, the MCG Foundation announced a $66 million endowment to support the creation of student scholarships and faculty endowed chair positions.

In 2014, three full scholarships and three partial scholarships will help deserving students, known as J. Harold Harrison Scholars, to pay for tuition. Leadership at MCG and the MCG Foundation also approved $2 million for a Harrison Distinguished University Chair, and more endowed chairs will be added over the following years.

American Council on Gift Annuities Prepares for 2014 Conference

With a broad range of experience in philanthropy, law, and health care, Anthony W. Duva presently operates as senior director of development for planned giving at Georgia Regents University (formerly Georgia Health Sciences University and the Medical College of Georgia). In this capacity, Mr. Duva is responsible for managing all planned gifts from donors within all entities of the GRU Enterprise. To keep current on the latest developments in the industry, Anthony W. Duva holds membership in the Georgia Planned Giving Council and the American Council on Gift Annuities.

The American Council on Gift Annuities (ACGA) is preparing to host its 2014 ACGA Conference, which will be held April 9-11, 2014 at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel in Baltimore. In its 31st year, this biennial conference is recognized as the premier meeting in the gift planning profession, and as one of the longest-running educational conferences in the industry. Topics to be discussed during the conference include the legal ramifications of charitable giving, marketing strategies to improve planned giving campaigns, and the administrative and financial requirements of gift giving.

Originally established as the Committee on Gift Annuities in 1927, the ACGA is a nonprofit organization that serves as a resource for American charities regarding various forms of planned gifts. As one of its many services, the ACGA provides sound advice with regard to annuity rates that can be used by charities and their respective donors.

Anthony W. Duvas: The Benefits of Volunteering

As senior director of development for planned giving at Georgia Regents University, Anthony W. Duva manages all gift giving activities for the Children’s Medical Center, the Medical College of Georgia and the Cancer Research Center. With a background and vast experience in philanthropy, Anthony W. Duva also serves as a volunteer for several outreach programs in his local community. Mr. Duva has been recognized for his volunteer efforts since 1980, both in his church and as his home county’s G.E.D. Volunteer of the Year.

Here are a few of the benefits of volunteering.

Greater life satisfaction – Research has found that volunteering provides a number of benefits, including an improved social psychological state, a greater sense of purpose and accomplishment, and a reduced risk for depression and disease.

Improved physical well-being – According to the Americans’ Changing Lives survey, volunteers have been known to experience greater levels of happiness, self-esteem, and more control over their lives.

Longer lifespan – Researchers have found that individuals with chronic illnesses receive greater benefits from volunteering than what they would receive from a medical professional. Studies also show that those who volunteer have a lower mortality rate than those who don’t.