The Georgia Historical Society (GHS) is pleased to announce the selection of the 2012 Georgia Trustees: Atlanta real-estate and sports franchise mogul Thomas G. Cousins and former U.N. Ambassador and Mayor of Atlanta Andrew J. Young, Jr.
“The Georgia Trustees are the embodiment of the noble principle upon which Georgia was founded, ‘not for self but for others,'” said Dr. Todd Groce, President and CEO of GHS. “The service of Mr. Cousins and Ambassador Young to our state and nation reflects the highest ideals of the original Trustees and merits their inclusion in this distinguished group of Georgians. Their leadership and selflessness have shaped the destiny of our state and improved the lives of all Georgians.”
Mr. Cousins has played a key role in the creation of modern Atlanta. He is the founder and chairman emeritus of Cousins Properties, a real estate investment trust responsible for the development of Atlanta landmarks such as the CNN Center, Omni Coliseum, 191 Peachtree Tower and Bank of America Plaza. Mr. Cousins is also a leader in the Atlanta sports franchise industry, having bought and moved the NBA’s St. Louis Hawks to Atlanta in 1968 and established the 1972 NHL expansion team, the Atlanta Flames.
Ambassador Young is a statesman and champion of civil rights. He has served as United States Ambassador to the U.N. (1977-1979), Mayor of Atlanta (1982- 1990), U.S. Congressman (1973-1977) and top aide to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Throughout his long career, he has worked tirelessly to expand civil rights of all people and to promote mutual respect and understanding between people of all backgrounds and races.
GHS will honor the 2012 Georgia Trustees at the Trustees Gala, featuring the theme “Savannah Sol,” on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012 with an elegant evening of Latininspired dinner and dance, including lively conversation with the inductees. For information about the 2012 Trustees Gala, please visit www.georgiahistory.com or call 912.651.2125, ext. 120.