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Posted: July 15, 2009 12:30 a.m.

Furnad to leave zoning and planning commission

Former CNN News Producer Bob Furnad is returning to the world of broadcast news once again, joining the University of Georgia’s faculty for a second stint.

Furnad accepted a one-year contract to be an adjunct professor position at UGA’s Grady School of Journalism, where he will teach a junior-level broadcast news writing and producing class.

"I love to teach. I really, really enjoy it; it’s very fulfilling and I’m a pretty good teacher," Furnad said.

Furnad previously taught at UGA as a visiting associate professor from 2001 to 2006. He retired from UGA to begin FaithWorks, the non-profit, church-funded organization that financially assists Newton County residents who can't afford to pay their rent and utility bills.

However, Furnad said FaithWorks has grown to the point where it doesn’t require much of his time anymore.

"I have a good executive committee," Furnad said. "I’m not leaving FaithWorks; I’ll continue as chairman as long as I can, as long as they want me."

Furnad will have to leave the Covington Planning and Zoning Commission, because his class schedule conflicts with the commission meetings. Furnad said he has served on the commission for about a year. Mayor Kim Carter said his presence on the commission will be missed.

"The city is certainly indebted to Bob for his excellent service and decision making during his tenure with the planning commission," Carter wrote in an e-mail. "He will be missed and we wish him the best of luck in his new role at The University of Georgia."

Carter said that in addition to replacing Furnad, she has also considered adding another person to the commission. The city’s ordinance states that the planning commission can have between five and nine members; when Furnad leaves, the commission will have six members.

City Manager Steve Horton said any replacements will be named at a future city council meeting, possibly as early as the July 20 meeting.

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