In conjunction with the Governor’s Office, the Georgia Historical Society reestablished the Georgia Trustees as a way of recognizing Georgians whose accomplishments and community service reflect the highest ideals of the founding body of Trustees. The original Georgia Trustees, a governing body chartered and appointed by His Majesty King George II of England in 1732 to establish a new colony in North America, founded Georgia upon the principle of Non Sibi, Sed Alliis, “Not for Self but for Others.” GHS and the Governor’s Office reestablished the Trustees in 2009. The Governor annually appoints new Trustees whose history-making accomplishments and service reflect the original Trustees’ ideals.
The Office of the Governor and the Georgia Historical Society (GHS) named A.D. “Pete” Correll and F. Duane Ackerman the 2017 Georgia Trustees, the highest honor the State of Georgia can bestow. Their induction by Governor Nathan Deal took place on February 18 at the Trustees Gala.
A.D. “Pete” Correll
A.D. “Pete” Correll is a native of Brunswick, Georgia and served as CEO of Georgia-Pacific for 13 years. He is Chairman of the Board of Grady Memorial Hospital Corporation and serves on the boards of the Georgia Aquarium and the Mother Nature Network. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Georgia and Master’s degrees in Pulp and Paper Technology and Chemical Engineering from the University of Maine, as well as an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from the University of Georgia and an honorary Doctorate of Public Service from College of Coastal Georgia.
Among his many notable acts of service, when Correll learned that Ebenezer Baptist Church had stopped its renovation project for lack of funds, he called the church where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. preached and told them to re-start the construction. He’d get the money, he told them. “We got ten companies to give $100,000 each, and we did it in one afternoon,” Correll says.
F. Duane Ackerman
F. Duane Ackerman is the retired chairman and CEO of the BellSouth Corporation. Mr. Ackerman was named the president and chief executive officer of BellSouth Telecommunications, BellSouth’s local telephone service unit, and largest subsidiary, in November 1992. He was promoted to vice chairman and chief operating officer of the parent company, BellSouth Corporation, in 1995, and was elevated to the position of president and chief executive officer of BellSouth in 1997. One year later, the Board added the chairman’s responsibilities, and Mr. Ackerman served as chairman and chief executive officer until BellSouth’s merger with AT&T in 2006.
Additionally, Ackerman has served on the boards of The Allstate Corporation, United Parcel Service, and The Home Depot. He is a past chairman of Rollins College, The National Council on Competitiveness, as well as a past chair of the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee. Additionally, Duane Ackerman is a former member of the Homeland Security Advisory Council and has served on the board of governors for the Society of Sloan Fellows of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was President of the Atlanta Area Council of Boy Scouts of America and chaired the Olympic Park Private Sector Campaign for Centennial Olympic Park.
- James H. Blanchard, Retired Chairman of the Board and CEO, Synovus
- Muhtar Kent, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, The Coca-Cola Company
- Alana Smith Shepherd, co-founder of the Shepherd Center
- Paula S. Wallace, President and co-founder of the Savannah College of Art and Design
- Arthur M. Blank, owner & Chairman of the Atlanta Falcons
- William Porter “Billy” Payne, Chairman of the Augusta National Golf Club, Chairman of Centennial Holding Company, LLC
- Tom Cousins, Atlanta real estate developer and sports franchise mogul
- Andrew Young, former UN Ambassador and Mayor of Atlanta
- Hank Aaron, Baseball Legend
- Ted Turner, CNN founder and Chairman of Turner Enterprises, Inc.