He has, for example, served on the Board of Trustees and the Board of Visitors and been president of the Association of Emory Alumni and the Atlanta Area Emory Club. He chaired the Friends of the Library and served on the Alumni Association Blue Ribbon committee that helped reshape that organization in the 1980s. During the recently completed $400 million capital campaign, Ginden led the fund raising efforts of the Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Center, a role facilitated by his service on the center's board.
A banker by profession--he is executive vice president of SunTrust Bank, Atlanta--his interest in medicine led him to serve on the National Council of Medicine, a group of Atlanta business people and physicians who work to procure support for medicine at Emory. One of his current priorities is to see that the Winship Cancer Center achieves the designation of a National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer Center, which would expand Emory's access to new treatment protocols for cancer patients.
In 1987, Emory recognized Ginden's diverse contributions to the University by awarding him the Emory Medal. The citation read, in part, "You have . . . served your alma mater in a remarkably wide variety of roles. Indeed, few have served Emory in more various ways."
"Charlie Ginden has been a great friend to Emory University and to me," Vice President for Institutional Advancement William H. Fox says. "Emory University would be blessed if there were a thousand more like him. He loves Emory and serves Emory in an exemplary fashion. We are are remarkably fortunate to have Charlie and his wife, Mary, as a central part of the Emory family. Charlie's work with the Health Sciences Campaign was truly outstanding."