South University Shows Support for Students & Employees Serving in the National Guard & Reserve

South University, Savannah signed a statement of support with the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense office that develops and maintains employer support for guard and reserve services. South University, Savannah President Todd Cellini signed the pledge in a ceremony held at the campus today, joined by ESGR representative Ed Wexler.

All 15 South University campuses across the United States signed the pledge, declaring their commitment to highlight the unique skills that service members bring to the workforce while supporting employment opportunities for guardsmen, reservists and veterans.

By signing the Statement of Support, South University pledges to:

  • Fully recognize, honor and enforce the Uniformed Services Employment and Re-Employment Rights Act (USERRA).
  • Provide managers and supervisors the tools they need to effectively manage those employees who serve in the guard and reserve.
  • Appreciate the values, leadership and unique skills service members bring to the workforce and encourage opportunities to hire guardsmen, reservists and veterans.
  • Continually recognize and support our country’s service members and their families in peace, in crises and in war.

“South University is privileged to count some of the fine men and women of the National Guard and Reserve among our faculty and staff,” said South University, Savannah President Todd Cellini. “Their leadership values and skills, along with a strong work ethic, make them valued employees who contribute every day to the success of our University. We consider it an honor and a privilege to support their commitment to our armed forces, and we stand ready to assist them and their families when military service calls them away.”

About South University

Established in 1899, South University ( is a private, accredited academic institution dedicated to providing educational opportunities for the intellectual, social and professional development of a diverse student population. South University offers over 90 degree programs across its 15 campuses located in Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Ohio, Michigan, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, and Virginia.

South University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404.679.4500 for questions about the accreditation of South University.

About ESGR

Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve is a Department of Defense office established in 1972 to develop and maintain employer support for Guard and Reserve service. ESGR advocates relevant initiatives, recognizes outstanding support, increases awareness of applicable laws, and resolves conflict between service members and employers. Paramount to ESGR’s mission is encouraging the employment of Guardsmen and Reservists who bring integrity, global perspective and proven leadership to the civilian workforce.                                                                                                                                  

More information about ESGR Employer Outreach is available at or by contacting Tom Bullock, Chief, Employer Outreach, at (571) 372-0709, or by email at

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