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Thomas Burnside III has been affiliated with Augusta Prep for more than 40 years in some form or fashion (student, alum, spouse of alum, parent, or board member).

"From each perspective, I have gained a new appreciation for the school and just how well it prepares you for higher education and beyond," Mr. Burnside said. "This has been especially evident in the lives of my children. A Prep education truly pays dividends for life, and I will always be grateful for that.

Following graduation from Prep in 1984, he attended Presbyterian College where he graduated with a B.S. in Business and was a 4-year letterman on the golf team. He continued his education at Mercer University School of Law, graduating in 1991, before returning to Augusta.

Mr. Burnside is a trial attorney and the founding member and managing partner of Burnside Law Firm LLP in Augusta. As an attorney, he has served on the board of various state-wide and local organizations including the State Bar of Georgia Board of Governors, the Georgia Bar Foundation, the Augusta Bar Association, and others. He has also been involved in numerous community-related organizations over the years.

Mr. Burnside is married to his Augusta Prep sweetheart, Donna '83, and they have three children, all of whom graduated from Augusta Prep: Aubrey `11, Ben `13, and Hamp `16.

Mr. Burnside enjoys playing golf, hunting, and traveling in his spare time.
Augusta Preparatory Day School is an independent, college preparatory school serving children ages 2 through Grade 12 from the greater Augusta-Aiken area. Augusta Prep seeks to enroll a group of diverse students. We follow an open admission policy, whereby qualified candidates are admitted without regard to religion, race, nationality, economic background, or ethnic origin.