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Ann Purcell

Ann R. Purcell

2 Eagles Peak Court
Savannah, GA 31419
(912) 663-8128

Year Elected to the Board: ​​2013
Current Term Expires: 4/15/22

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Catching Up With Ann R. Purcell

Interview Date: Fall 2020

Ann R. Purcell, a former state legislator, has served seven years on the State Transportation Board representing Congressional District 1 in southeast Georgia – the place of her birth. When last profiled, Purcell shared her experiences like growing up with a father who was a politician in Tattnall County, attending school at Georgia Southern University, and life with her husband during his medical residency. Now she shares more of her background.

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What Drives Ann Purcell? | Fall 2014

Year Elected to Board ​Current Term Expires

 Biographical Data

Personal / Family

Place of Birth: Glennville, GA
Marital Status: Married to Dent  W. Purcell, M.D. 
Children: Three children; eight grandchildren
Church: Member of The Church at Godly Station



Bachelor of Science Degree in Education, Major in Mathematics; Georgia Southern College 

Professional Record

  • State Transportation Board Chairman 2018 - 2019
  • State Transportation Vice Chair; 2017
  • Published Genealogist
  • Chatham Radiation Oncology Associates, P.C. Office Manager
  • Former Teacher and real estate salesperson
  • Georgia House of Representatives from 1991-2005; 2009-2013
    • Public Safety and Homeland Security Chairman
    • Governmental Affairs Vice-Chairman
    • Member of:
      • Appropriations
      • Public Safety of Appropriations
      • Economic Development and Tourism
      • Health and Human Resources
      • Education

Community/Civic Activities

  • Georgia Historical Society
  • Georgia Arts Policy Commission Member
  • Coastal Transportation Roundtable Member
  • State Board of the Technical College System of Georgia (Chairman of the Governance, Operations and Audit Committee)
  • Georgia Education Liaison Committee Chairman
  • Hope Scholarship Study Commission
  • Jekyll Island Authority Oversight Committee
  • Effingham County Adult Literacy Advisory Committee
  • Effingham County American Cancer Society Board of Directors
  • Georgia Salzburger Society
  • Salzburger Verein E.V., Berlin, Germany (Life Member)
  • Medical Association of Georgia Alliance (Life Member)
  • Effingham Historical Society (Life Member)
  • Rotary International
  • Effingham Chamber of Commerce
  • YMCA
  • Georgia Sheriffs Association (Honorary Member)
  • Georgia Department of Public Safety (Honorary State Trooper)
  • World Trade Center Savannah Board Member

Honors and Awards

  • 2019 "100 Influential Women to Know", Engineering Georgia Magazine
  • 2018 "100 Influential Women to Know", Engineering Georgia Magazine
  • Recipient of the Cross of the Order of Merit from the President of the Federal Republic of Germany
  • 2016 TLC Tourism Council (Savannah/Chatham) – Board of Directors Award
  • Service Award, Georgia Southern University Board of Trustees
  • Paul Harris Fellow Recipient
  • Charles Dick Award, National Guard Association of the United States
  • Minuteman Award, Officers and Enlisted Associations of the Georgia National Guard
  • Who's Who of American Women
  • Who's Who in Medicine and Healthcare
  • Who's Who in America
  • 10 Top Women of Effingham County, Effingham Herald and County Citizens
  • 2012 Woman of Distinction Award from the Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia
  • Recognition, Memorial Health University Medical Center
  • Recognition, Georgia Army National Guard
  • Post 322 Recognition, American Legion of Georgia,
  • League of Women Voters Recognition
  • 2012 Recognition for Conservative Voting Record, American Conservative Union Foundation
  • 2012 Humanitarian of the Year, City of Rincon
  • 2012 Citizen of the Year, Effingham Sheriff's Department for dedicated and continuous service to the community and the State.

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