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GSU changes donor benefit structure
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Georgia Southern students cheer on the Eagles from the stands as a banner promoting the Universtiy's impending move to the FBS-subdivision hangs from the stands at Paulson Stadium during a game against Savannah State last September. - photo by SCOTT BRYANT/staff



    The executive committee of the Georgia Southern University Athletic Foundation voted Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013, to modify its donor benefit structure to help ensure a successful transition into the Sun Belt Conference next year. The goal of the restructuring is to more closely-align its benefits with the Athletics Department goal of creating more experienced-based opportunities for fans and raising additional resources to be used for anticipated increased scholarship, recruiting and travel expenses.
    "As we move into the Sun Belt Conference, we will be presented with two distinct pathways we can follow. We can be leaders or mere participants," said Georgia Southern Director of Athletics Tom Kleinlein. "To be leaders, we must drive additional revenue and invest in the priority needs of the program. The new benefits structure provides us an opportunity to do this with as little disruption of the fan experience as possible."
    The changes to the benefits structure include parking, new priority seating options, pre-game hospitality and additional benefits at certain levels.
    In adopting the new benefits structure, the executive committee took into consideration its many long-term donors and wanted to ensure that there was a price point by which everyone could continue to enjoy watching Eagle Athletics.
    "We worked hard to make sure we did not eliminate any benefits. The location of a particular benefit may have changed, but the benefit remains intact," Athletics Foundation President John Mulherin said.
    All impacted donors will receive a letter, explaining the new benefit structure and providing options for renewing their donation through a payment plan or multiple-payment option, in early January. As a result, the Athletic Foundation renewal campaign for the 2014-15 season will start early this year to accommodate the various payment options. The renewal campaign will run from January, 2014 - May 16, 2014.
    For more information, please call the GSU Athletic Foundation at 912-478-5520 or the GSU Ticket Office at 1-800-GSU-WINS.