News Release: People, University News

Jan. 25,  2010

Emory Welcomes Three New Trustees

Emory University's Board of Trustees has elected three new members: Kathelen Amos, president of the Aflac Foundation and chair of the Georgia Cancer Coalition; Facundo Bacardi, chairman of the board of Bacardi Limited; and Muhtar Kent, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of The Coca-Cola Company. They will begin their appointments at the board's February meeting.

  • Amos received an undergraduate degree in political science from Emory then graduated from the University of Georgia School of Law. She was elected to a six-year appointment as a term trustee. More about Kathelen Amos.
  • Bacardi is a graduate of American University and Emory's School of Law. He was elected to a six-year term as an alumni trustee. More about Facundo Bacardi.
  • Kent was elected to a six-year appointment as a term trustee. He was named chairman of the board and CEO of The Coca-Cola Company in 2009. Kent joined the company in 1978 and has held a variety of marketing and operations roles throughout his career. Prior to his current post, he served as president and chief operating officer, overseeing all operations of the business. More about Muhtar Kent.

"Our new trustees bring a deep well of experience, expertise and talent to the board and governance of the university," says Rosemary Magee, vice president and secretary of the university, who works closely with the board of trustees. "They will serve Emory extremely well as we continue our work toward greater eminence in education, scholarship and service to our community and as we strengthen Emory's position as a destination university." 


The 41-member board of trustees oversees the governance and long-range fiduciary health of the university. Alumni trustees serve six years. Nominees are selected by the Emory Alumni Board and submitted to the board of trustees for consideration and approval. New term trustees serve a six-year initial term; a four-year renewable term may follow. Term trustees are selected by the Governance, Trusteeship and Nominations Committee and submitted to the board of trustees for consideration and approval. Final approval rests with the Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference of the United Methodist Church.

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