Elliott Donates Solar Powered Charging Bench to ABAC Campus

Staff Report From Tifton CEO

Thursday, February 28th, 2019

Solar technology hits the grounds at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College with a new bench that will allow students to charge their phones and enjoy the beautiful South Georgia weather. Students have Bill Elliott to thank for the generous donation that was given in memory of his wife, Julia Ann Simpson Elliott.

“Julia Ann had a dream to be a teacher,” Elliott said. “She came to ABAC in 1962 and 1963, and then went to the University of Georgia to study home economics.”

Ms. Elliott went on to teach home economics in Florida and Georgia for several years. After his wife passed away in 2010, Elliott decided to invest his time in promoting solar technology.

To honor his wife, he wanted to give back to the campus that she loved.

“We are so thankful for this generous donation,” Grant Thelen, president of the ABAC Student Government Association, said. “It will be a fun way for students to charge their phones and enjoy our beautiful campus while they do so.”

Elliott sells solar systems in agricultural settings. He serves as a regional sales manager for Hannah Solar and is a partner with Sunbelt Power Solutions.

“The new solar bench from Bill Elliott is a great addition to campus,” Dr. Deidre Martin, ABAC’s Chief Development Officer, said. “It is a wonderful way for him to honor his wife and the Office of College Advancement is honored that Mr. Elliott chose to invest in ABAC in this innovative way.”