Board of Trustees confirms appointments of six alumni and four bishops
as new members
Six alumni trustees and four resident bishops of the United Methodist Church
were confirmed at the Board of Trustees meeting on Nov. 14. The alumni trustees
were nominated by the Association of Emory Alumni Board of Governors and
confirmed by a ballot mailed to the entire Association of Emory Alumni (AEA)
membership. The four resident bishops were elected by the Board of Trustess
to fill vacant positions traditionally held by bishops.
Robert E. Chappell, Jr.
'56Ox '58B '68MBA
Chappell was a John W. Vann Scholar, a member of Alpha Tau Omega and Beta
Gamma Sigma, a cadet commander with the Air Force ROTC, and executive officer
of the Arnold Air Society. He received the Air Science Award and the Alpha
Kappa Psi Award for highest Business School grades.
Before retiring to become an investment and management consultant in 1993,
Chappell was senior executive vice president and chief investment officer
at Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. in New York. In 1979, he established
MetLife's Corporate Investments Office in Atlanta.
An active Oxford and Emory alumnus, Chappell has recently served as a member
of the Emory Board of Visitors and the AEA Board of Governors, and is past
president of the AEA. He is a member of the Oxford Board of Counselors and
received the Distinguished Oxford Alumni Award in 1987. He is an active
volunteer with the Goizueta Business School. One of Emory's newest facilities
is the Chappell Baseball Field, named for his late father and his two sons,
all Emory graduates.
Thelma Wyatt Cummings Moore '71L
Moore, who earned a bachelor's degree from UCLA and then a law degree with
distinction from Emory, has served as Fulton County Superior Court judge
since 1990. Previously she was judge for the State Court of Fulton County
(1985-90), the City Court of Atlanta (1980-85) and the Municipal Court of
The first black woman appointed to the Superior Courts of Georgia, Moore
is also Georgia's first black woman to serve on the State Court Bench and
the first woman to serve full-time on the benches of the
Atlanta Municipal Court and the Atlanta City Court. She has taught at Morris
Brown College and the University of Warwick (Coventry, England).
While at Emory, Moore was a John Hay Whitney Fellow and a National Urban
League Fellow. She received the First Annual Distinguished Alumni Award
from the Emory Black Law Students Association (1986), the Emory Medal (1992)
and the School of Law's Distinguished Alumna Award (1996).Margaret Conant
A native of Atlanta, Dickson earned a bachelor's degree in economics from
Duke University in 1977. After working for four years as an officer of the
C&S National Bank in Atlanta (now NationsBank), she earned her MBA from
Dickson is vice president, treasurer and trustee of the John H. and Wilhelmina
D. Harland Charitable Foundation. Previously, she was managing director
of the Georgia Shakespeare Festival, with responsibility for fundraising,
marketing, finance and board relations (1992-95). Under Dickson's direction,
the festival closed four consecutive years with a balanced budget. She currently
chairs the festival's board. Dickson served on Emory's Board of Visitors
Matthew L. Gold '64C
Gold is CEO of Pemco Aeroplex Inc., and chairman, president and CEO of Precision
Standard Inc., a NASDAQ-listed public company.
After graduating from Emory, Gold went to law school at the University of
Tennessee. Through his law practic, Gold became involved in the aerospace
industry. After practicing aviation law from 1973-79, he was vice president
and general counsel for Monarch Aviation and subsequently president of Pemco
Engineers Inc., a developer of aircraft cargo systems. Gold became president
of Monarch Aviation in 1984, then took the company public in 1986 under
a new name, Precision Standard Inc. Today the company is one of the largest
employers in Alabama and has built a plant in South Korea to serve the growing
Gold is a founding member of the Alabama Aerospace Commission, a member
of the board of the University of Alabama/Birmingham School of Engineering
and a member of the Florida Bar Association.
John F. Morgan '67Ox '69B
Morgan attended Oxford College and Emory, graduating with a BBA in accounting.
He began his career with the First National Bank of Orlando (SunTrust) in
1969 and then returned to Atlanta in 1972 to work for Citizens and Southern
National Bank (NationsBank). Along with eight others, Morgan founded INVESCO
Capital Management in 1979. In addition to his positions at INVESCO, he
serves as chairman of Newsome Advertising and is a member of the board of
Durden Bankshares. He holds a Chartered Financial Analyst designation as
well as membership in the American Institute of Management and Research.
Morgan is the past chair of the Emory Board of Visitors and was a member
of the Alumni Leadership Committee in 1991-92.
George D. Overend '64C
Overend graduated magna cum laude from Emory College in 1964, then earned
an MBA from Harvard in 1966.
A specialized investment banker representing independent Coca-Cola bottlers
in the United States and internationally, Overend is president and owner
of Overend and Co. He is a former director of several Coca-Cola bottling
companies as well as the Daisy Manufacturing Co., INBRAND Corp. and CytRx
Corp. Currently he chairs the Board of Trustees of Trinity School.
As an alumnus, Overend has served as a member of the Blue Ribbon Committee
on Alumni Affairs in 1985-86 and as a founding member of the AEA Board of
Governors. A charter member of the College Dean's Council, Overend also
chaired the Arts and Sciences Major Gifts Committee of the Campaign for
Emory and was a member of the Board of Visitors from 1992-95.
G. Lindsey Davis
Davis was elected to the episcopacy of The United Methodist Church in 1996
and appointed to the Atlanta area.
Davis graduated from Union College in Kentucky in 1970, earned a master's
degree from the University of Kentucky in 1972 and a master of divinity
degree from Lexington Theological Seminary in 1980. Beginning his career
as assistant director of the Office of Educational Development at the University
of Kentucky College of Medicine, he later served as director of educational
development at the University of Alabama College of Community Health Sciences
and consultant to the University of Kentucky Department of Family Medicine
After earning his divinity degree and ordination, Davis served pastorates
in Kentucky from 1978 until his appointment as district superintendent of
the Lexington District from 1994-96.
Cornelius L. Henderson
Henderson was elected to the episcopacy of The United Methodist Church in
1996 and assigned to the Florida area.
Born in 1934, Henderson earned a bachelor's degree from Clark College (now
Clark Atlanta University) and a master of divinity degree from Gammon Theological
Seminary. He later earned a master of theological studies degree from the
Interdenominational Theological Center. During his four decades of pastoral
ministry, he has served churches throughout Georgia. Following two years
of administrative appointments for the Georgia Conference, he was director
of the Urban Evangelism Ministries' Section on Local Church Stewardship
and Worship, of the General Board of Discipleship from 1969-75.
Appointed by Bishop and Emory Trustee William Cannon to Ben Hill United
Methodist Church in 1975, he served that church for 11 years, growing it
into a major church in metropolitan Atlanta. During his second tenure at
the church (1992-93), it was the largest predominately African-American
United Methodist church in the world and the largest of all United Methodist
churches in the Southeastern Jurisdiction. He also was president and dean
of Gammon Theological Seminary.
Henderson currently serves on the boards of Clark Atlanta University and
the Georgia Council on Moral and Civic Concerns.
Robert E. Fannin '67T '70T
Fannin was elected to the episcopacy of The United Methodist Church in 1992
and assigned to the Birmingham, Ala., area.
He earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from Florida Southern
College. After eight years in the business world, he answered the call to
ministry and entered Candler School of Theology, where he earned master
of divinity and doctor of sacred theology degrees.
Fannin has served churches in Florida and as the district superintendent
of the Miami District, where he was a member of the board of directors of
Hispanic Social Services, a trustee of the South Florida Center for Theological
Studies, and a trustee of the Haitian Advisory Council.
Fannin has been a delegate to national and international Methodist conferences
since 1984. In 1991, he was elected to the executive committee of the World
Marshall L. Meadors Jr. '58T
Meadors was elected to the episcopacy of The United Methodist Church in
1992 and assigned to the Jackson, Miss., area.
Born in 1933, Meadors earned a bachelor's degree from Wofford College in
1955 and a master of divinity degree from Emory. While a student at Candler,
he served a Methodist church in Stockbridge. He then served churches in
South Carolina for several decades and was appointed by the governor to
the Joint Legislative Committee on Aging and then chaired the South Carolina
Commission on Aging. He was a delegate to the World Methodist Conference
in 1981 and 1991.
Meadors is president of the Mississippi Religious Leadership Conference
and chairs the Episcopal Initiative on Children and Poverty. As resident
bishop of the Mississippi area, he serves on the board of trustees of Rust,
Millsaps and Wood colleges and a number of other United Methodist agencies.
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