The Office of the Governor and the Georgia Historical Society (GHS) announced today that A.D. “Pete” Correll and F. Duane Ackerman have been named the 2017 Georgia Trustees, the highest honor the State of Georgia can bestow. Their induction by Governor Nathan Deal will take place in February at the Trustees Gala.
In conjunction with the Governor’s Office, the Georgia Historical Society reestablished the Georgia Trustees in 2009 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 were a governing body chartered and appointed by His Majesty King George II of England in 1732 to establish a new colony in North America. They founded Georgia upon the principle of Non Sibi, Sed Allis, “Not for Self but for Others.” The Governor annually appoints new Trustees whose history making accomplishments and service reflect the original Trustees’ ideals.
“By appointing these two modern day Georgia Trustees, we honor the work of Pete Correll and Duane Ackerman in both business and philanthropy,” said Dr. W. Todd Groce, President and CEO of the Georgia Historical Society. “We look forward to celebrating these two Georgians who are the embodiment of the noble principle upon which the State of Georgia and the Georgia Historical Society were founded, ‘Non Sibi Sed Aliis’.”
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.
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 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. 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.
Correll and Ackerman will join an illustrious list of modern day Georgia Trustees including 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 and Home Depot co-founder; William Porter “Billy” Payne, Chairman of the Augusta National Golf Club, Chairman of Centennial Holding Company, LLC, and President and CEO of the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games; Truett Cathy, founder of Chick-fil-A; Herman Russell, founder of H.J. Russell & Company; Tom Cousins, Atlanta real estate developer and sports franchise mogul; Andrew Young, former UN Ambassador and Mayor of Atlanta; Vincent J. Dooley, legendary UGA Football Coach; The Honorable Sam Nunn, former U.S. Senator; Hank Aaron, baseball legend; Ted Turner, CNN founder and Chairman of Turner Enterprises, Inc.; Bernard Marcus, Home Depot co-founder; and Marguerite Neel Williams (honored posthumously), entrepreneur.