Former President Jimmy Carter arrived just before 9 a.m. at the entrance of Mercer's University Center, on his way to join the Board of Trustees.
According to a news release from the university, the 88-year-old Carter was one of the 10 new members being approved by the 45-member board today.
The native Georgian served as President from 1977-81 and had Mercer Law grad Griffin Bell as his Attorney General. The native
Carter is also a former Georgia governor, a peanut farmer in Plains and a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy.
His first term as a trustee begins next spring.
The other new members:
- Barbara (Babs) Baugh, president of the Baugh Family Foundation, San Antonio, Texas;
- Neville Callam, general secretary, Baptist World Alliance, Falls Church, Va.;
- Holly McCorkle Jones, attorney and civic leader, Jacksonville, Fla.;
- Lt. Gen. (retired) Claude M. Kicklighter, former Pentagon inspector general, McLean, Va.;
- Thomas W. Malone, Atlanta attorney;
- M. Diane Owens, Atlanta attorney;
- Miller Peterson (Pete) Robinson, chairman of Troutman Sanders Strategies, Columbus;
- Raymond M. (Thad) Warren III, chairman and CEO, Warren Environment Inc., Atlanta;
- and Jerry S. Wilson Jr., former senior vice president and chief customer and commercial officer for the Coca-Cola Company.
- Jones, Kicklighter, Malone, Owens, Robinson, Warren and Wilson are Mercer alumni.