Monday, May 4, 2009

Three Trustees Named to Atlanta Christian College Board

Atlanta Christian College’s board of trustees announced today that it has three new members: Marvin W. Bussey, David A. Deeter and Stephen E. Olsen.

Bussey, a 1986 graduate of Atlanta Christian College, has established himself over the last 20 years as a community leader in the Atlanta area. He is founder and executive director of the nonprofit organization Teens at Work, which provides after-school and enrichment programs for youth in East Point, Ga., and surrounding areas.

In addition to the bachelor’s degree in Christian ministries he earned at ACC, Bussey holds a master’s degree in professional counseling from Georgia State University. His work with children and teens has been recognized with many awards, including the Martin Luther King Jr. Service Award, from Emory University, and the 2008 Alumnus of the Year Award from Atlanta Christian College. He is a member of Big Bethel A.M.E. Church.

“Marvin Bussey is uniquely qualified to join our board of trustees because of his passion for mentoring young people, his dedication to excellence in his nonprofit leadership, his love for Christ, and his status as a distinguished alumnus of this College,” said Dean Collins, president of Atlanta Christian College.

“The Atlanta Christian College experience prepared me for Christian service,” said Bussey. “I was challenged, and I was encouraged to make an impact in the community. I received not only a diploma, but a compass for direction and a road map to carry out my life’s purpose.”

“I hope the experiences of what I have learned will be an asset and blessing to the College,” Bussey continued.

Deeter, a certified public accountant, is managing partner of Frazier & Deeter, LLC, one of Atlanta’s top ten accounting firms. During his tenure, the firm has experienced an average growth of 25 percent annually. He also advises clients in all aspects of financial business management, and consults with clients in a variety of areas, including mergers and acquisitions, financial planning, estate planning and cash flow analysis. He has extensive experience in real estate, finance companies, construction, manufacturing, service companies and nonprofit entities.

Deeter holds both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in business administration from Georgia State University. He is a member of the Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He also serves on the boards of Whitefield Academy and CPAmerica International. He resides in Atlanta, and is a member of The Church of the Apostles.

“David Deeter has not only distinguished himself as a leader in the accounting industry, he also is a strong believer in Christian education,” said Collins. “He has served on the Atlanta Christian College relocation task force for the past year, and has already demonstrated his love and commitment to ACC.”

“I am truly excited to join the board of this distinguished school,” said Deeter. “I am especially energized about the strategic vision to move and grow the school so many more young people can benefit from this Christ-centered higher learning opportunity… right here in Atlanta.”

Olsen is group president, depository institution services for Fiserv, Inc. He oversees Internet banking, electronic bill payments and financial institution account processing for the company. He was previously group president of Internet banking and electronic payments for the company, and had been chief operating officer at CheckFree Corporation, which was acquired by Fiserv in December 2007.

In May 2001, Olsen was named Georgia CIO of the Year in the Global Category by CIO magazine. He was selected as a Premier Top 100 IT Leader for 2007 by Computerworld magazine. Olsen holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Massachusetts. He resides in Roswell, Ga., and is a member of Fellowship Bible Church.

“Steve is one of the finest Christian businessmen I know,” said Collins, and he brings to ACC a strong background in executive leadership, operational efficiency, and a deep understanding of technology. Steve is also a strong believer in Christian education, having children who attended Fellowship Christian School in Roswell.”

“I am pleased and honored to be associated with Atlanta Christian College,” said Olsen, “and I’m excited to be part of the team preparing the next generation of Christian leaders.”

Atlanta Christian College’s mission is to educate students for Christ-centered service and leadership throughout the world. Founded in 1937, the College enrolls more than 600 students. The College’s board of trustees is currently in the process of selecting a new location for the main campus in order to accommodate further growth. Atlanta Christian College is affiliated with the Christian Churches and Churches of Christ.
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