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Chuck Toney

Chuck Toney

Chuck Toney

Chuck is a senior strategist who leads our higher education practice, among other things, from the JS Athens office. He’s the right man for the job, considering he’s navigated two decades through various communications roles at two major universities.

He served 15 years at The University of Georgia (UGA), first as a speechwriter, policy analyst and News Service director, and later as an Assistant to University Presidents Michael Adams and Jere Morehead.  In this most recent role, he was the liaison to the UGA Real Estate Foundation, serving as the president’s representative for capital construction projects and improvements on UGA’s campus. Earlier, he served four years as Public Information Director at Clemson University, where he supported the College of Architecture, Arts & Humanities and the university provost while also acting as university spokesman. He’s won numerous awards and presented on speechwriting at regional and national conferences.

Chuck began his career at a small-town newspaper. That’s where he met Georgia State Senator Don Johnson who later was elected to U.S. Congress, recruiting Chuck to join him on The Hill as his press secretary. Chuck still counts his time in Washington as the most amazing post of his professional life, walking through history and getting paid for it.

Despite growing up in Bulldog Country, Chuck was recruited to Presbyterian College with a sports scholarship as an athletic trainer. He thought he wanted to major in biology, but the nocturnal proliferation of fruit flies dampened his enthusiasm for lab work.  He redirected his passion to the English department and went on to earn a Master’s degree from Clemson.

A big believer that “you get the community that you are willing to create,” Chuck has been an active volunteer in and around his Watkinsville home. He’s the past president of Rotary Club of Oconee County and has served on the boards of the Oconee County Chamber of Commerce, YWCO of Athens, and Extra Special People, Inc., an organization that provides programming for children with disabilities. Currently, he’s committed to the board of the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce and the Alumni Board for Presbyterian College. Chuck is married to his high school sweetheart, Laura, and they are parents to three college-aged sons. He’s quite sure he’s the only person you know who can claim rubbing shoulders with Gorbachev and having a letter published in the New York Times Book Review on the topic of Bambi’s gender, which is male, by the way.