A group called Women Acknowledging Community Service recently presented Dr. Charles Bonds, as “A Trailblazer in the Education Field,” a check for $1,000 for his leadership and community service in Statesboro and Bulloch County.
Bonds is a professor emeritus of the College of Education at Georgia Southern University, where he taught 24 years and did research in reading/language arts and special education. He was the first African-American GSU faculty member to achieve the rank of full professor.
Bonds also served 16 years as an elected member of the Bulloch County Board of Education before retiring from that role in 2010.
On campus, Bonds worked with students and other area young people as adviser to the African-American Club, the African-American Choir, the Good News Bible Study and in other capacities. He received the university’s award for outstanding service in 1995.
As a community volunteer, Bonds helped create the outreach program at the Food Bank Inc. and has done extensive work with Habitat for Humanity, both in building homes and at the ReStore, Habitat’s thrift shop.
He and his wife, Dr. Lella Bonds, also an education professor now retired, did extensive research on outstanding African-American citizens of Bulloch County, and authored a book on the subject.
Born in Headland, Alabama, Bonds received his Master of Education and Education Specialist from Georgia Southern and his doctorate from the University of Florida. He has served as chairman of the deacon board and in other capacities at Original First African Baptist Church.
Friends and family members also held an appreciation evening on the “trailblazer” theme for Bonds in September 2012.