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July 17, 2001
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Emory University Elects Three New Trustees

Wendell Reilly has been elected one of three new trustees of Emory University's 39-member governing board of trustees. He was elected to a six-year term as an alumni trustee on the board.

The other new board members are alumni trustee Russell R. French, an Atlanta businessman and attorney, and term trustee William Wesley Morris, a bishop of the United Methodist Church.

A 1980 graduate of Emory, Reilly earned his MBA in finance from Vanderbilt University in 1983. He is CEO of Grapevine Communications, which he founded in 1997 with several venture capital firms. Grapevine owns a number of independent television stations in small and mid-sized markets. Prior to his current position, Reilly began working in investment banking, was vice president for corporate development for Lamar Advertising Company (1992-94), chief financial officer for Haas Publishing (1989-92) and Lamar Corporation (1985-89), and was an account executive with Lamar Outdoor Advertising (1980-81). He served with the Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic from 1983-85.

Reilly, 43, serves on the board of directors for the Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta Inc., and the Lamar Advertising Company. He is chairman of the legislative committee of the Outdoor Advertising Association of Georgia, and former chairman of economic development for the Washington cluster of The Atlanta Project.

As an Emory student, Reilly was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity. He has been an active alumnus, serving in a number of leadership roles in the last 10 years.

Reilly is a native of Baton Rouge, La., and is the son of Ann Lamar "Dee Dee" Reilly and Kevin Reilly Sr., the secretary of the Louisiana State Department of Economic Development and former state legislator. His great-grandfather, Charles Wilbur Lamar, was a banker who moved the family from Valdosta, Ga., in 1903 and founded what would become Lamar Outdoor Advertising. Reilly also is a descendent of Lucius Q.C. Lamar, the former secretary of the interior, Supreme Court justice and 1845 Emory alumnus for whom the Emory Law School was previously named.

Reilly is married to the former Mary Laney, a 1981 Emory alumna and daughter of James T. Laney, Emory president emeritus and former ambassador to the Republic of Korea. They have three children, Gray, Jamie and Molly, and live in Atlanta (30361).

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