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Release date: Dec. 1, 2000
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Alston & Bird's Johnson Elected Emory Board Chairman

Ben F. Johnson III, managing partner in the Atlanta law firm of Alston & Bird, was elected chairman of Emory University's board of trustees Nov. 9 following the retirement of Bradley Currey after six years as chairman. Prior to his appointment as chairman, Johnson was elevated from alumni to term trustee.

At the same meeting, four new members were elected to the 39-member governing board of trustees. The new trustees are United Methodist Bishop Kenneth Carder of Jackson, Miss.; Coca-Cola Company CEO Douglas Daft; United Methodist lay minister and journalist Rhoda Peters of Louisville, Ky.; and United Methodist Bishop B. Michael Watson of Macon, Ga. John Morgan, co-founder and vice president of INVESCO Capital Management in Atlanta, also moved from alumni trustee to a term position.

Emory President William M. Chace is pleased with Johnson's election as the new board chairman. "I envision, with pleasure, a close and very productive working relationship with Mr. Johnson," says Chace. "I admire his quiet and patient rationality, his love of the academy, his wit and his superb diplomatic skills with one and all."

A 1965 alumnus of Emory, Johnson has served as chairman of the board's committee on academic affairs during his time as alumni trustee.

"At the heart of a great university is an exciting undergraduate experience," says Johnson. "That's the source of my debt to Emory: an undergraduate experience that stimulated me in the classroom and in a rich array of other activities…that were just as important as what was experienced in the classroom."

Johnson is a resident of Atlanta (30309).

Read about the four new members of Emory University's board of trustees:

B. Michael Watson

Rhoda Peters

Kenneth Carder

Douglas Daft

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