175 Makers of History: John W. Stephenson

John W. Stephenson 70C
President, J. Bulow Campbell Foundation

John W. Stephenson

In 1979, the $105 million Woodruff gift arrived, propelling Emory into the big leagues. As executive director of development (and eventually vice president), John W. Stephenson's job was to help steward that money.

He helped to build Emory's communications entity into a national leader; his influence on Emory's development office is no doubt felt today, as the university's largest-ever fund-raising effort -- the $1.6 billion Campaign Emory -- is taking place.

Stephenson left Emory in 1985 to accept a position as executive director of the J. Bulow Campbell Foundation in Atlanta and remains there today.