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Release date: Dec. 1, 2000
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Methodist Bishop Elected To Emory University Board of Trustees

B. Michael Watson, a local bishop for the United Methodist Church, is among the four new members elected Nov. 9 to Emory University's 39-member governing board of trustees. Members are elected to eight-year terms.

The other new trustees are Coca-Cola Company CEO Douglas Daft; United Methodist lay minister and journalist Rhoda Peters of Louisville, Ky.; and United Methodist Bishop Kenneth Carder of Jackson, Miss. In addition, Atlanta attorney Ben F. Johnson III has moved from alumni trustee to term trustee and been elected as chairman following the retirement of former chairman Bradley Currey.

Watson, 51, was elected to the episcopacy by the Southeastern Jurisdiction Conference of the United Methodist Church (UMC) earlier this year and is assigned to the South Georgia area. Previously he served as pastor of Aldersgate UMC in Molino, Fla., (1975-77); of Christ UMC in Milton, Fla., (1977-79); as founding pastor of Covenant UMC in his hometown of Dothan, Ala., (1979–90); and of Dauphin Way UMC in Mobile, Ala., (1990-2000).

Watson's extensive community service includes serving as president of the Mobile County School Board, as chairman of his conference board of ordained ministry, as a member of Emory's clergy advisory council, as president of The University of Alabama alumni chapter, and as board member of the United Way, Boys Club, Girl Scouts, Red Cross and Inner City Mission.

A delegate to world Methodist conferences in Singapore (1991) and Brazil (1996), Watson currently is a member of the World Methodist Council. He is a member of the United Methodist National Youth Ministry Organization.
Watson graduated from Dothan High School in 1967, received a bachelor's degree in finance and real estate from the University of Alabama in 1971, his master's of divinity degree from Emory's Candler School of Theology in 1974 and his doctorate of ministry from Vanderbilt University in 1975. He was ordained deacon in 1972 and ordained elder in 1976. He is the son of Allie and the late Benjamin Excell Watson.

Watson and his wife Margaret live in Macon (31208).

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