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Congressional District 12

Board Member


Don Grantham

Don Grantham

PO Box 3145
Augusta, GA 30914-3145
(706) 738-7786 | (706) 733-4741 Fax

Year Elected to the Board: ​​2011
Current Term Expires: 4/15/24

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Continuing to Make it Better
Don Grantham

Interview Date: Summer 2020

There’s more to Don Grantham than an amazing resume. There’s sincerity and enthusiasm, a warm handshake and a relaxed demeanor. Even on the phone for this interview – as a result of social distancing due to the pandemic – you can hear him smile on the other end of the line.

Mr. Grantham has served nine years on the State Transportation Board representing east central Georgia’s Congressional District 12, including Richmond County and his hometown Augusta. He is a previous transportation board chairman and chairs the Administrative Committee.

Grantham has known every Georgia governor from Jimmy Carter to Brian Kemp. The former lumber company president and CEO served 12 years on the Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) and was Augusta/Richmond County commissioner. He serves on the board for the Augusta University Medical College of Georgia Foundation and the Boy Scouts of America Advisory Board of Augusta (44 years running). His recognitions include Leadership Augusta’s 2017 Lester S. Moody Outstanding Citizen Award - their version of a lifetime achievement award, he says. Grantham was also previously named by Georgia Trend as one of the most influential Georgians.

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Personal / Family 

Date of Birth:  12/26/38
Place of Birth:  Augusta, Georgia
Marital Status: Married to the former Carol Willcox
Children: Two children; Four Grandchildren


Academy of Richmond County, 1956
Furman University, 1956-1959
University of Georgia, BBA Degree 1962

Professional Record:

1968- Present: President and CEO:  Forest Sales Corporation, August
1962-1969: Georgia Pacific Corporation

Business Affiliations

  • National Hardwood Lumber Association
  • Southern Lumber Manufacturers Association
  • State Bank Advisory Board of Directors
  • 2004: First Bank Board of Directors
  • 1989-1993: North American Wholesale Lumber Association Executive Committee; 1982-1993, Board of Directors

Public Service

  • 2015-2016: GDOT Board Former Chairman
  • 2003-2010: Augusta Commission, District 10
  • 1998-2002: Richmond County Planning and Zoning Board of Appeals
  • 1991-1995: Richmond County Commission
  • 1974, 1980 : Georgia Ports Authority 1972-1984; Chairman,

Community/Civic Activities

  • Augusta University - Medical College of Georgia Foundation Board
  • 1993-1996: Augusta Museum Board of Directors
  • 1991-1995: University Health Club Foundation Board
  • 1988-1992: YMCA Board of Directors
  • 1988: Exchange Club of Augusta; President
  • 1986: Augusta Golf Association, President
  • 1984-2007: Metro Augusta Chamber of Commerce; Executive Committee, 1989-1992
  • 1983-Present: Forest Hill Golf Club Committee, Chairman
  • 1983-1986: Augusta State University Board of Trustees
  • 1975-Present: Boy Scouts of America Advisory Board of Augusta
  • 1975-1981: Augusta Country Club, Director


  • Member of Aldergate United Methodist Church, Administrative Board
  • Enjoys golf, hunting and fishing

Honors and Awards

  • 2017: Lester S. Moody Outstanding Citizen Award
  • 1991: Named by Georgia Trend 100 Most Influential Georgians
  • 1989: Outstanding Alumnus of Augusta State University
  • 1977: Leadership Georgia
  • 1975: Gridiron Secret Society, University of Georgia

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