TIFTON, Georgia—With one delicate pull on an appropriately colored ABAC green cloth, the Michael D. Chason ABAC History Room recently became a reality at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.
ABAC President David Bridges said the college named the room in honor of longtime Director of Public Relations Mike Chason because of his many contributions during his 42-year career.
“Mike retired in 2011 but it seems like he’s still here doing his part-time job just about every day,” Bridges said. “I hope you get a chance to read the history of ABAC that’s on the web site. Mike put that together, and we plan to have it published next year.”
Chason now serves as Director of Public Relations Emeritus at ABAC. He was instrumental in composing the collection of words, pictures, and artifacts in the History Room, which is located on the ground floor of Tift Hall, one of the three original buildings on the ABAC campus. Colorful panels and memorabilia in the room cover the history of ABAC from the time that classes started in 1908 to the present day.
“Every time I walk around the ABAC campus, I see a place and think of a person or an event that makes that particular spot special,” Chason said. “After 42 years, great memories come easy. I appreciate this honor very much. It was one of the most amazing days of my life.”