Supporting education
since 1970


For more than 50 years, the foundation has supported education, literary, scientific, educational endeavors, and the health sciences and its faculty. We have awarded millions of dollars in student scholarships and have promoted education by providing housing for local and long-distance students in an academic-life environment while preparing them for their future careers.

Focused on providing our students and the community with opportunities that lead to economic development and a stronger Southwest Georgia Community, we focus on health profession career opportunities in 13 fields of study. We are proud that some of our most notable scholarship recipients are now professors and professionals in the health care industry.


Who We Are

We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization made up of independent, local representatives who care about education and removing the financial barriers for individuals who wish to seek a post-secondary degree while living and working in our Southwest Georgia community.

Over time, our name has changed and our mission has evolved, but we have remained steadfast as a resource to enhance the lives of our students, our neighbors, and the local health professions.

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The Darton Health Professions Foundation’s Board of Directors and Executive and Finance Committees are committed to the charge of fiscal stewardship, transparency, and honoring the legacy of endowments and gifts that are purposed to benefit students. We therefore exercise a proper level of due diligence to ensure our investments are solid, our expenditures prudent, and are within our investment and spend policies.

VIEW HERE: Organization Income Tax Return / Form 990

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Randae Davis – Executive Director

Joy Davis – Administrative Assistant

Our Board

Our Board of Trustees is comprised of local representatives who recognize the needs of today and tomorrow, and also value community support and the legacy of our founders. The board seeks to honor endowments, steward resources, promote giving, and remove the barriers of those seeking a degree.

Pam Simmons* – Chairperson – Market President, Synovus Bank

Chuck Logan* – Vice President, Renasant Bank

Bill Ashberry* – Retired, Community Volunteer Extraordinaire

Dr. Sarah Brinson – Dean, Darton College of Health Professions, ASU

Andy Christo – Retired, Insurance Industry Executive

Frances Carr* – Treasury/Secretary – Retired, Educational Specialist  

Tina Harden* – Retired, Marketing Guru/Chief Fundraiser

Jeanette Hoopes* – Retired Medical Professions

Dr. Sophia Johnson – College and Career Counselor, 4C Academy

Ed Newsome – CEO, Albany Air

Dr. Tracy Suber – Vice President, Center of Learning & Innovation, Phoebe Putney

Dr. Kelsey Reed – Director, Patient Care, Phoebe Putney

Ben Steffens* – Community Leader

Amber Herrington – Vice President, Colony Bank 

* Denotes a member of the Executive Committee