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Release date: Nov. 30, 2000
Contact: Jan Gleason, Assistant Vice President, 404-727-0639, or jgleaso@emory.edu

Atlanta Attorney Robert Pennington Named Emory's VP For Alumni Affairs and Special Development Projects

Robert G. Pennington, partner at the King & Spalding law firm since 1989, has been named vice president for alumni affairs and special development projects at Emory University, effective Jan. 16, 2001. He replaces Jack Gilbert, associate vice president for planned giving and leadership development, who is retiring in May 2001 after 21 years at Emory.

Pennington, a four-time alumnus of Emory, will oversee the Alumni Office, the Parent Program, the Annual Fund, the Career Network Service and, after Gilbert's departure, Planned Giving.

"I am thrilled that Bob has decided to serve his alma mater in this manner after having had a sterling career at King and Spalding Law Firm," says William Fox, senior vice president for institutional advancement. "Bob has already been serving Emory superbly for years as a volunteer in almost every imaginable capacity, but he will now join the Emory team in a full time position. He will be making a considerable personal sacrifice to serve his alma mater, which only demonstrates his great loyalty to and love for Emory."

Pennington received an associate's degree from Emory's Oxford College in 1974. In 1976, he received a bachelor's degree in psychology from Emory College. Then in 1981, he received an MBA from Goizueta Business School and a JD from Emory Law School.

He has 20 years of nationally based experience in commercial real estate law and related practice areas. His core work at King & Spalding involved the representation of corporate, institutional lender and higher net worth clients in the acquisition, financing, development, leasing, operation and sale of commercial properties, hotels and resorts, and related businesses. He was an associate attorney at King & Spalding from 1984-89 and with Hansell & Post from 1981-84.

Pennington is a 1997 graduate of Leadership Atlanta and serves as a volunteer attorney with the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation. He is a member of the board of directors of the Henry W. Grady Foundation and a member of the board of advisors of the Hughes Spalding Children's Hospital. He has held board memberships on the Piedmont Park Conservancy, Inc. and the Georgia Society to Prevent Blindness.

His service to Emory began in 1987 when he participated in a committee to study Emory's Alumni Association. He served four terms as a member of the board of governors of the Association of Emory Alumni and is president-elect of the Association of Emory Alumni. He chaired the Committee on Traditions and Community Ties at Emory from 1998-2000. He has been a member of the Oxford College Board of Counselors, the Emory College Council of Advisors, the Executive Committee of the Emory Law Alumni Association, the Barristers' Committee of the Emory Law School Campaign, and the Board of Visitors. He served as national chair of the Emory Annual Fund from 1995-97 and as chair of the Goizueta Business School Partners Campaign from 1997 to 2000.

He is married to Julie Ann Kirik; they have two sons and reside in Atlanta (30307).


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