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Meet our team: David Bridges

Updated: Apr 25

Dr. David Bridges, right, with his son, Rees, on the family's farm in Terrell County.

Dr. David Bridges is the center's interim director. Raised on a farm in southwest Georgia’s Terrell County, Dr. Bridges’ understanding of and concern for the state’s small towns and rural communities were a driving force behind the center’s establishment. Dr. Bridges has served as president of Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton since 2006. Prior to his tenure at ABAC, he led the University of Georgia’s Tifton campus as assistant dean of UGA’s College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences. Dr. Bridges is a highly respected agriculturist who spent the first 18 years of his career in the classroom as a faculty member first at Texas A&M University, where he earned his Ph.D., and subsequently at UGA. He holds master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Auburn University as well as an associate’s degree from ABAC. He and his wife, Kim, have two grown children and two grandchildren.

What is one item that's produced in rural Georgia that you would not want to live without? "Musicians!! And this is just a partial list of all the greats:

Otis Redding - Dawson

Chuck Leavell - born in Alabama but lives in Georgia

Trisha Yearwood - Monticello

Luke Bryan - Leesburg

Philip Philips - Leesburg

Sam Hunt - Cedartown

Cole Swindell - Bronwood

Fletcher Henderson - Cuthbert

Kimberly Shlapman - Cornelia

Jennifer Nettles - Douglas

Zac Brown - Dahlonega

Kip Moore - Tifton

Blind Tom Wiggins - Harris County

Boudleaux Bryant - Shellman"


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