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Office of Special Events and Protocol

What We Do

  • Manage special events and/or initiatives for the President and President’s Cabinet as well as high level university events
  • Consult on protocol and special events for high-level state, national, and international visitors and delegations
  • Serve as a campus resource regarding event and protocol policies and procedures, special events, and event space usage

Staff

Kendria Lee, Associate Vice President for Corporate and Community Affairs

Kendria Lee serves as the Associate Vice President for Corporate and Community Affairs for Georgia Southern University.

In her role, Lee manages the Office of Special Events and Protocol and oversees economic development and community relations for the university, working closely with economic development officials; city and county officials; and key stakeholders throughout the region to establish new ways to align the strategic goals of the university with the initiatives of the University System Office.
Prior to her current role, Lee held the position of Operations Manager and Executive Associate for Government and Community Relations – both with the Office of External Affairs.

Lee is a “Double Eagle” graduate of Georgia Southern University earning a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Information Systems from the Parker College of Business. She is a graduate of Leadership Georgia Class of 2020/2021. Engaged in several community initiatives, Lee, an alumna of the regional program, Leadership Southeast Georgia, is currently serving on the Board of Directors. She also serves on the board of Synovus (Statesboro) and Junior Achievement of Savannah. Lee is a certified Protocol Officer and is a member of the Protocol and Diplomacy International – Protocol Officers Association.

Amanda Heinz, Assistant Director of Special Events and Protocol

In her role, Amanda provides leadership and direction in the execution of large-scale university events and ceremonies as well as establishes procedures and protocol for events to ensure that all university functions advance the university’s mission, vision, and strategic pillars. She has served the university in prior roles as the Manager, Office of Event Management in the Division of Continuing Education, Community Affairs Coordinator in the Office of the Vice President of Armstrong/Liberty Campus Operations and the Special Events Coordinator in the Office of the President (Armstrong State University).

Ms. Heinz has over 15 years of experience in higher education and nonprofit event management. Prior to her tenure at Georgia Southern, she worked at the Savannah College of Art & Design’s Trustees Theater managing theater and signature university events for SCAD such as the Savannah Film Festival and Atlanta Television Festival. She has worked at multiple institutions around the country creating and implementing event management policies and procedures as well as developing and executing executive, advancement/fundraising, and signature events for university administrative offices. Ms. Heinz has a Master of Tourism Administration with a concentration in Event & Meeting Management and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Language & Literature from The George Washington University in Washington, DC.

Bonnie Overstreet, Coordinator of Special Events and Protocol

In her role, Bonnie provides assistance in the execution of large-scale university events and ceremonies. She has been with Georgia Southern University since April of 2018. Previously, she served as the Conference Services Manager, in the Division of Continuing Education, where she managed several annual Georgia Southern academic conferences. She has established relationships with many campus partners in her time at Georgia Southern and will continue to grow those relationships by serving as a newly elected member of the University Staff Council. Prior to starting at Georgia Southern, Bonnie worked at the University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education & Hotel where she specialized in both hotel and catering sales as well as conference and event planning. She began her career in hospitality and event management with Marriott International in late 2012 and now has over 10 years of experience.

Bonnie was born and raised in Savannah, GA and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Public Relations from Valdosta State University in 2010. She now proudly calls Brooklet, GA her forever home with her husband, Dain, and son, Britton.

Margaret Lee-Jones, Coordinator of Special Events and Protocol

In her role, as the first line of contact, Margaret provides oversight and assistance of event bookings through the use of the university’s current space management software. She has been with Georgia Southern University for over 35 years. Previously, she served as the Manager of Operations for the Nessmith-Lane Conference Center where she dedicated her time to assisting clients in successful events. She has developed an expertise in accountability, focusing on client centeredness and bias for actions to campus and community partners.

Margaret is a graduate of Georgia Southern University with a Bachelor of Business Administration. She has been married for over 30 years to her husband Sam and together, they have three children and four grandchildren.

Matthew Reynolds, Facilities and Event Coordinator

In his role, Matthew serves as the facilities and event coordinator for Nessmith-Lane Conference Center. As an employee at Georgia Southern University, Matthew has taken on many roles within the facility over the last 10 years including Facilities Use Coordinator and A/V Operations Coordinator. During that time, Matthew has developed a dedication to providing great customer service.

Matthew graduated from Georgia Southern University with a Bachelor of Writing and Linguistics. He has been a resident of Statesboro since 1997, and has two cats named Bean bag and Black bean.

Contact Information

P.O. Box 8033-2
Statesboro, GA 30460-8033

Phone Number: 912-478-6737

Last updated: 3/8/2024