Rural Leader Magazine September/October 2015 - Page 6

40 UNDER FORTY Two Thousand Fifteen Honors Greetings,   As editor of this great publication, I am pleased to present to you the 2015 Rural Leader Forty under Forty Honorees. The judges, once more, had the difficult task to select forty outstanding leaders from Alabama, Florida, and Georgia.   The leaders represent the rich talent, skill, and vast knowledge that can be found in small town America. I was extremely impressed with the level of expertise and accomplishment found among this year's honorees. Their exemplary service to the people in small communities is a testament to their dedication. Without such leaders, who pour daily back into the essence of communities abroad, Small Town America would undoubtedly cease to thrive.   Therefore, I am committed to acknowledging the efforts and contributions of leaders in small rural communities. I understand all too well the significance of their efforts. My hope is that the Forty under 40 Honors encourage young leaders in the knowledge that what they do each day matters.   Without further ado, I present to you the 2015 Rural Leader 40 under 40 Honorees. P. S. Pictures of the top four Forty under 40 Honorees were taken in the park in historic Shellman, Georgia. Respectfully, Kuanita E. Murphy, PhD Editor-in-Chief and Publisher 6 | SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2015