Mr. and Mrs. William H. Scott, III (Martha and Bill) reside in the West Point, Ga. – Lanett, Ala. community. They are both active in the First United Methodist Church of West Point, where Bill is a fifth-generation member. They also participate in many community activities.
Bill has been actively involved with PC since earning a bachelor’s degree in economics in 1969. He served on the PC Board of Trustees from 2000 to 2008 and has given back to his alma mater throughout the years. “Giving back, whether it is monetary, time and effort, or moral support is important to sustain our traditions and institutions,” Bill said. “The liberal arts education PC gave me formed the foundation for my future life and for that I will be forever grateful.”
PC has recognized Bill for his professional and philanthropic achievements on several occasions throughout his career. He received the Young Alumnus Award in 1983 and was honored with a Doctor of Humanities degree in 2013. This year, he has been named a Distinguished Member of the William Plumer Jacobs Society.
Bill and his business associate Cam Lanier ‘72 are best known for beginning and developing a number of companies in the Georgia – Alabama area. Since 1982, they have participated in starting or providing first funding for companies involved in long distance, cellular and PCS wireless, audio and video conferencing, internet access, internet job recruiting, transaction processing and broadband communications. Among his many community activities, Bill is a member of the Board of Directors of the East Alabama Medical Center and was a founding director and first president of the Chattahoochee Fuller Center Project Inc., a housing ministry in Chambers County, Ala.
Martha, the former Martha Jernigan of Brewton, Ala., met Bill while teaching in Auburn, Ala., public schools. Martha earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from Auburn University. She currently serves on the Board of the East Alabama Medical Center Foundation and the Chambers County Development Authority.
Bill has two sons, John Davis Scott ‘98, of Atlanta, and Richard Zachry Scott, of Auburn, Ala., as well as six grandchildren. Bill and Martha have one daughter, Mary Martha Scott DeFoor, of Pike Road, Ala.