The Wright Family

C. Lamar and Ann Wright

The C. Lamar and Ann Wright School of Business is named in grateful recognition of the Wrights’ extraordinary friendship and philanthropy to Dalton State and our students.

Both natives of Polk County, Ga., Lamar and Ann came to Dalton in 1965, the same year they were married. They had met years before when Ann was 11 and Lamar was 13 while attending a 4-H camp in North Georgia. 

Two years after their arrival in Dalton, Lamar enrolled at the new Dalton Junior College as a member of the first freshman class; he graduated in 1969 as a member of the first graduating class. He later earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Georgia. Ann earned a bachelor’s degree in home economics and later a master’s degree in textiles, both from University of Georgia.

Throughout his professional career in poultry, textiles, agriculture, banking and real estate, Lamar has held steadfast to the belief that “education changes lives.” He has lived that mantra as demonstrated by his unprecedented support of his alma mater with his and Ann’s $5 million gift in 2015 to expand and renovate Dalton State’s Gignilliat Memorial Hall as the home of the Wright School of Business. (Dr. Arthur Gignilliat, one of the building’s namesakes, was the college president when Lamar was a student here.)

Lamar’s service to the community includes membership or leadership positions on boards of the Dalton Junior College Foundation, Dalton Education Foundation, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Looper Speech and Hearing Clinic, Georgia Sheriff’s Cherokee Estates, Dalton-Whitfield Chamber of Commerce, Dalton-Whitfield Hospital Authority, Dalton-Whitfield Healthcare Foundation and Alliant Healthcare, as well as various civic organizations and school-related groups. For his generosity to Dalton State and our students, Lamar was inducted as the 2017 community honoree in the Wright School of Business Beta Gamma Sigma academic honor society.

Ann’s professional career included work as a home economist with the Georgia Cooperative Extension Service and as a teacher of home economics at the former Eastbrook High School in Dalton. She also taught in the Continuing Education program at Dalton Junior College. Her community service includes membership or leadership roles with various school PTAs, Cub Scouts, Georgia Boys Group Home, Hamilton Healthcare Foundation and United Way of Northwest Georgia.

Lamar and Ann have two sons, Kevin and Bucky; two daughters-in-law, Aquila and Christy; and five grandchildren. Lamar and Ann attend Rock Bridge Community Church.

Students in the Wright School of Business will see quotations on walls throughout the building. These are some of Lamar’s favorites from which he has gained inspiration over the years and they were included in the building as our special gift to him.

  • “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it.  If you think about that, you’ll do things differently.”  -Warren Buffett
  • “The cost of being wrong is less than the cost of doing nothing.”  -Seth Godin
  • “There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.”  -Colin Powell
  • “A leader is the one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.”  -John Maxwell
  • “Great things in business are never done by one person. They’re done by a team of people.”  -Steve Jobs
  • “Today I will do what others won’t so tomorrow I can accomplish what others can’t.”  -Jerry Rice
  • “Don’t aspire to be the best on the team – aspire to be the best for the team.”  -Unknown
  • “Do right. Do your best. Treat others as you want to be treated.”  -Lou Holtz
  • “The stock market is a device for transferring money from the impatient to the patient.”  -Warren Buffet

And two more quotations from Lamar himself are on our walls:

  • “Do not underestimate the power in the magic of compounding!”
  • “Do the right thing, always.”