Board of Visitors

The SCAD Board of Visitors is a voluntary board comprised of leaders in business, government, education, art, and design. The board provides a global network of advocacy and support for SCAD, with a special focus on facilitating the university's growth and development.

Veronica Biggins, Chairperson, SCAD Board of Visitors

J. Veronica Biggins

Chair

Biggins is a managing director in the Atlanta office of Diversified Search, LLC (formerly Hodge Partners), a privately-held executive and board search firm. Prior to this, she served as managing partner of the Heidrick & Struggles Diversity Services Practice. Biggins has also served as assistant to the President of the United States and director of presidential personnel. Prior to her work at the White House, she began her career with Bank of America, formerly NationsBank Corporation. When she left NationsBank to join the White House, she was one of the highest-ranking female bankers in the country. Biggins holds a bachelor's degree from Spelman College and a master's degree from Georgia State University. In addition to serving on the SCAD Board of Visitors, she also serves on the Trustee Board of the Woodruff Arts Center, and on the Board of Directors for Southwest Airlines.

Robert S. Jepson Jr.

Emeritus and former chair

Jepson Jr. is chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Jepson Inc., a private investment company located in Savannah, Georgia. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Richmond. Jepson was formerly chairman and chief executive officer of Kuhlman Corporation (NYSE) from 1993 until its sale to Borg-Warner Automotive Inc. in 1999. Prior to that, Jepson founded and was chairman and CEO of the Jepson Corporation from 1983 until its sale in 1989. During his tenure as CEO, Jepson built the Jepson Corporation into a Fortune 500, NYSE-traded company. Jepson resides in Savannah.

Chris Allen

Allen is a former principal at the Bessemer Trust where he managed their business development throughout the Southeast. Allen has provided investment consulting and private equity management services for family offices and private investors since 1978 when he graduated from Covenant College. He received his master's of business administration in 1989 from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He has served on the advisory board of the CDC Foundation, the investment committee for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the faculty of the Institute for Private Investors and the board of Covenant Community, a residential rehabilitation facility for addicted homeless men.

Ondine Angarola

Angarola is a founder and managing partner of LD Investments, a Paris-based real estate investment fund. She was the founding president of Les Amis du National Museum of Women in the Arts. Angarola holds an undergraduate degree in international economics from the American University of Paris, a Master of Arts in development economics from the University of Sussex in Great Britain, and a Master of Business Administration from L'École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées in Paris. She resides in Los Angeles, California.

Peter Arnell

Arnell is founder, chairman, CEO and chief operating officer of Arnell Group, a branding and consulting firm, and founder of Intellectual Capital Group. He holds a bachelor's degree in design from Princeton University and a master's of architecture degree from Columbia University. His client list with Arnell Group includes Pepsi, Samsung, Donna Karan/DKNY, Banana Republic, Bank of America and Reebok. Arnell serves on the Special Olympics Board of Directors and is the honorary fire commissioner and chief creative officer of the New York City Fire Department. He was honored with a humanitarian award from the City of New York and was awarded the Renaissance Award by the Abyssinian Development Corporation for his contributions to the Harlem community.

Emmanuel Beffy

Beffy is director of cultural actions at Pierre Cardin Group in Paris. He also serves as general director of Art Auction Pierre Cardin Rémy le Fur et Associés. An architect and historic preservationist by training, Beffy is a graduate of the School of Architecture, Paris-Belleville. His preservation work includes the Castle of Malmaison. Beffy represents Pierre Cardin Group with L'Académie des Beaux-Arts. He resides in Paris and Lacoste.

Tandra L. Cadigan, M.D.

Cadigan, M.D., is a physician in obstetrics and gynecology who resides in Laguna Beach, California, and the Luberon Valley of France. Cadigan is a graduate of California State University and Western University of Health Sciences. In addition to her medical career, Cadigan is involved in historic preservation and the adaptive reuse of architecturally significant structures.

Xernona Clayton

Clayton is president and CEO of the Trumpet Awards Foundation Inc. and creator and executive producer of its Trumpet Awards. She was a corporate executive at Turner Broadcasting System Inc. for nearly 30 years. Dedicated to promoting racial understanding, Clayton has been a leader in civic projects and civil rights activities for several years, including previous work with the late Martin Luther King Jr., and his wife, the late Coretta Scott King. She has received numerous media awards and holds an honorary doctorate of letters degree from Clark Atlanta University.

Rodney Cook Jr.

Cook Jr. is a graduate of Washington and Lee University. Cook is recognized for having initiated the campaign to successfully save the 6,000-seat Fox Theatre in Atlanta. In 1982, he established Rodney M. Cook Interests, a design/development company and, five years later, went on to establish Polites, Cook and Associates architecture firm, which designed the Newington Cropsey Museum, New York, housing the largest American collection of Hudson River School paintings. He is a founding trustee of The Prince of Wales's Foundation for Architecture and helped organize the design and construction of the Princes' Olympic Games Monument in Atlanta with Anton Glikine, et al. Cook is on numerous boards of directors, including the Hearst Foundation/Hearst Castle, Atlanta Landmarks (owner of the Fox Theatre), the Institute of Classical Architecture and Classical America and The New York Philomusica, and he is a past president of Animal Health Trust U.S., Newmarket, England. Cook's work has been published in Architectural Digest, The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Financial Times of London, Pravda, Izvestia, The New Yorker, The Weekly Standard, Forbes and USA Today.

Dwain Cox

Dwain Cox, Ph.D.

Cox is the director of innovation and design at Chick-fil-A. He oversees CFA's innovation center, Hatch, and leads a team of architects, interior designers and brand-environment experts in restaurant design. Over the course of his career, Cox has delivered innovative design solutions to clients including the Coca-Cola Company, General Mills and Procter & Gamble. He served as president of Fighting Elk: Strategy, Innovation, & Design; innovation director at The Coca-Cola Company; and director of polymer services at Eastman Kodak. Cox earned a bachelor’s degree in polymer chemistry from the University of Southern Mississippi, a doctorate in chemistry and nuclear physics from Texas A&M University, and a Master of Business Administration with an emphasis in marketing/marketing management from East Tennessee State University.

Maxime A. Crener, Ph.D.

Crener, Ph.D. is the former president and dean of the International University of Monaco. Prior to that he served as director general and dean of the graduate school of business at CERAM Business School, director of the Marseille Business School and president of Econosult Lavalier (one of Canada's largest consulting firms). A graduate of Aix-Marseilles, Lille, Laval and Harvard universities, Crener founded SMSI (engineering) in Ottawa, Canada. An engineer by training, he has been involved in major re-engineering processes around the world.

Eleanore L. De Sole

De Sole graduated from Tulane University in 1972 with a Bachelor of Science in psychology. Following graduation, she worked for the National Association of Securities Dealers, NASDAQ department. In 1973 she joined IBM, where she rose from marketing trainee to branch manager in Washington, D.C. Later, while overseas in support of her husband's career running Gucci Group, De Sole devoted her time and talent to a variety of community volunteer positions. She has served on boards associated with The Madeira School, The American International School of Florence (Italy), The Benjamin West Group of The Royal Academy, Benjamin Franklin House and The Aspen Art Museum. She resides in Snowmass Village, Colorado, and Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.

John K. Dewberry

Dewberry began his real estate career with New York-based Marine Midland Bank, now HSBC. In 1989, he founded Dewberry Capital Corporation and over the company's 25-year history, has spearheaded the acquisition, development and management of nearly $1 billion of premier real estate including spaces for office, retail, multifamily and hospitality. In 2002, Dewberry established the Dewberry Foundation, the primary mission of which is to inspire today's youth to achieve their "magnanimitas," or greatness of spirit. The foundation also supports the arts, historic preservation and health initiatives. Dewberry has been inducted into the Georgia Tech Sports Hall of Fame and the Management Hall of Fame and is a recipient of the Georgia Tech Alumni Total Person Award. He currently serves on the Georgia Institute of Technology Foundation Board of Trustees.

John Gilbert (Gil) Donaldson Jr.

Former chairman 

Donaldson Jr. is a native of Savannah, Georgia, who now resides in Paris. A graduate of the University of Georgia, Donaldson began his career as a Wall Street analyst with E.F. Hutton, Shearson and U.S. Trust. He changed career paths in 1994 when he formed the motion picture company Laura Pels Productions and later managed the interests of Merchant Ivory Productions in Europe. In 2000, Donaldson created Donaldson Polakoff Immobilier and DPF Holding (real estate development) in Paris.

Richard D. Eckburg

Eckburg retired from the United Parcel Service in 1986 after a distinguished career of 33 years. Eckburg served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Following the war, he began his UPS career as a driver in his home state of Illinois. He rose through the ranks of UPS, serving in sales, marketing and operations. For a decade, he was responsible for the UPS operation in Chicago and was ultimately promoted to vice president in charge of public affairs. Eckburg resides in Savannah.

Walter O. Evans, M.D.

Evans, M.D. now resides in Savannah, Georgia, but for more than 20 years, he was a surgeon in Detroit, Michigan. He attended Howard University and graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School. Evans was chief of general surgery at Hutzel Hospital in Detroit and also a staff physician at Harper and Grace hospitals. A U.S. Navy veteran, Evans is listed by Art & Antiques Magazine as one of the top 100 collectors of art in the U.S., and has amassed one of the largest private collections of African-American art, rare books and documents in the world.

Brenda Freeman

Freeman is chief marketing officer for Turner Animation, Young Adults & Kids Media, where she provides overall vision and leadership to marketing, on-air and trade creative services supporting Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Boomerang and their digital businesses. She previously served as senior vice president of integrated marketing and promotions for Nickelodeon and MTVN Kids and Family Group, overseeing development and execution of all marketing for such media brands as Nickelodeon and Nick at Nite. Before that, she was vice president of consumer marketing for VH1, and vice president of affiliate marketing, Entertainment Group for MTV Networks. Freeman earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and a Master of Business Administration in marketing and finance, both from the University of Maryland. She serves on the board of directors for Girl Scouts of the United States of America and PromaxBDA, and is a board member for Usher’s New Look Foundation.

Nancy Herstand

Herstand is an arts management and fundraising consultant with an extensive career working with many of America's major visual and performing arts institutions, and on selected international projects. In 2002, as chairman of the board of the Lacoste School of the Arts in France, Inc., Herstand led the board in developing and effecting the relationship between Lacoste and SCAD. She also serves on the SCAD Board of Trustees. A native of Scarsdale, New York, and a graduate of Barnard College, Herstand lives in Miami, Florida, where she led the private sector's $80-million capital campaign for Miami's $483-million Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. She is a member of the board of directors of the Florida Grand Opera, a resident company of the Arsht Center, and the France Florida Foundation for the Arts, Inc.

James (Jim) R. Hills

Hills is the lead director of Nottingham Spirk, one of the leading innovation and product development groups in the U.S. with more than 900 commercialized global patents. Combined sales of products created by Nottingham Spirk for client companies exceed $45 billion. He is also a non-executive director of Tyra Tech Inc. (AIM: TYR), a leading independent novel pesticide company for human, animal and environmental health. He spent the early portion of his career with the Gillette Co., and Coca-Cola USA, where he held positions in brand and sales management, finance and operations. Most recently he was the owner and CEO of Jobe's and Gulfstream Home & Garden, both marketers of consumer products to the lawn and garden industry. He earned a bachelor's degree in business from Kent State University.

Charles A. Hinnant

Hinnant is president and founder of Charkit Chemical Corporation located in South Norwalk, Connecticut. He is also chairman and owner of Optima Chemical Group, a custom-manufacturing concern in Douglas, Georgia, and the owner of Arran Chemical Company Ltd., headquartered in Athlone, Ireland. Hinnant holds a bachelor's of science in chemistry from Davidson College and a master's of business administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is chairman of the board of governors for the Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates, Washington, D.C., and is on the board of the Chemical Education Foundation. Hinnant maintains residences in Rowayton, Connecticut; Bluffton, South Carolina; and Savannah, Georgia.

James (Jim) Jacoby

Jacoby is founder, chairman and CEO of Jacoby Development, a company that specializes in mixed-use development such as the highly acclaimed Atlantic Station. JDI is recognized as one of the leading green developers in the world, specializing in environmentally sensitive multi-use properties and impaired site reclamation. JDI is the owner of Marineland Research Resort in Florida. Prior to starting JDI, Jacoby spent six years as a leasing agent, a broker and later as a developer. He also served in the Naval Reserve Security Group and attended Miami-Dade Community College. He is an active member of the International Council of Shopping Centers, the Urban Land Institute and the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, and is on the Board of Directors of the Georgia Aquarium.

Ingrid Saunders

Ingrid Saunders Jones

Jones currently serves as the chair of the National Council of Negro Women, where she advocates for social change and the advancement of women. For 30 years, Jones worked at The Coca-Cola Company, most recently as chairwoman of The Coca-Cola Foundation and senior vice president of Global Community Connections. She also held leadership positions at a variety of institutions including the Carter Center, the Comcast/NBC Universal Diversity Council, the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Girl Scouts of the United States of America, the National Black Arts Festival, National Center for Civil and Human Rights, the United Way of Metro Atlanta, and the Woodruff Arts Center. Jones earned a bachelor's degree in education at Michigan State University and a master's degree in education from Eastern Michigan University. She has been awarded honorary doctorates from the Atlanta College of Art, Knoxville College, Michigan State University, Morris Brown College and Spellman College.

John G. Kennedy III

Kennedy III is a native Savannahian who attended Savannah Country Day. He graduated from Washington and Lee University and earned a master's of business administration from Dartmouth College. Kennedy lived and worked for more than 20 years in New York City. An investment banker, he was senior vice president at Merrill Lynch, managing director at Deutsche Bank, and partner and managing director at Donaldson Lufkin and Jenrette. Kennedy returned to Savannah in 2004.

David Hume Kennerly

Kennerly has been shooting on the front lines of history for four decades. He has photographed eight wars and seven presidents and has traveled to more than 140 countries capturing images of important historic events. Kennerly won the Pulitzer Prize in 1972 for his photographs of the Vietnam War while he was chief White House photographer for President Gerald R. Ford. Kennerly also won the Overseas Press Club's Olivier Rebbot Award for "Best Photographic Reporting from Abroad," and two first-place prizes in the World Press contest. Kennerly was a contributing editor for Newsweek magazine and has been a contributor for Time and Life magazines as well as George, the magazine started by the late John F. Kennedy Jr. His fourth book, "Photo du Jour," was selected as one of the best books of 2002 by American Photo magazine. Kennerly resides in Los Angeles, California.

Christopher W. Klaus 

Klaus is the founder and CEO of Kaneva Inc. He is also founder and chief security advisor for Internet Security Systems Inc. Klaus was appointed by Gov. Sonny Perdue to sit on the Georgia Film, Video and Music Advisory Commission, where he plays an active role in defining legislation to support the number of films and games made in Georgia. He also serves on the advisory board of the Georgia Game Developers Association and is involved with the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, Hands On Atlanta and the Technology Association of Georgia.

Herbert V. Kohler Jr. 

Kohler Jr. is chairman of the board, CEO and president of Kohler Co. He graduated from Yale University with a Bachelor of Science degree in industrial administration and has received honorary doctorates from Lakeland College and Lawrence University. Kohler is a director of the National Association of Manufacturers and a trustee of Outward Bound USA.

Dale W. Lang

Lang, a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, is a retired media executive living in Sarasota, Florida. He began his career as a publisher of national business publications in Minneapolis but soon moved on to New York with an innovative concept of networking metro circulations of national magazines to compete for print advertising with monopoly newspapers in cities all across the U.S. He ultimately sold his networking company to 3M and spent seven years with them as a corporate vice president before moving on again into ownership of television stations, national magazines and outdoor advertising companies. Lang has served on the board of directors for Borg Warner Corporation, Paul Taylor Dance Company, Columbia Journalism Review and the advisory board for the University of Wisconsin's Graduate School of Business. Today he splits his time among Florida, New York and Aspen, Colorado.

Beatrice von Silva-Tarouca Larsen

Larsen is a Doctor of Law (University of Munich), specializing in intellectual property law. She resides in London and Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, France. Larsen holds a doctoral degree from Columbia University and a doctoral degree from the University of Cambridge, where she is associated with the Centre for Penal Theory and Penal Ethics. For more than a decade, she served as senior vice president for legal and business affairs at Warner Music International in London. Larsen serves on the board of the St. Nicholas Society, Eaton College and the Kurt Weill and Busoni foundations.

Richard A. Manoogian 

Manoogian is chairman, director and CEO of Masco Corporation, one of the world's leading manufacturers of home improvement and building products. He holds a bachelor's degree in economics from Yale University. Manoogian is a director of JPMorgan Chase & Co., Ford Motor Company, Detroit Renaissance, Detroit Investment Fund and the American Business Conference. He is active in numerous civic, cultural and educational organizations as a trustee of The Henry Ford history attraction, the Smithsonian Institution's Archives of American Art and the fine arts committee of the U.S. Department of State. Manoogian is chairman of the Alex and Marie Manoogian Foundation and president and treasurer of the Richard and Jane Manoogian Foundation.

Keith W. Mason 

Mason is a partner with McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP. Prior to joining MLA, he served as deputy assistant and deputy director for intergovernmental affairs at The White House, serving as President Bill Clinton's principal liaison with the nation's governors. Mason also served as chief of staff to the governor of Georgia and has assisted governors' offices across the country on a variety of issues. He has served as chairman and as a member of the board of the Georgia Ports Authority, and has been an active investor in real estate projects in the Southeast, including industrial, office, retail and multifamily. Most notably, he was the first and largest private investor for the Atlanta Beltline project. Mason is regularly cited by media outlets as one of Georgia’s most influential lawyers and was listed in Georgia Trend's 2009 "Legal Elite" for Governmental Affairs. Mason is a graduate of the University of Georgia Terry College of Business and School of Law and currently resides in Atlanta with his wife and three daughters.

David Talmage McGovern 

McGovern, who was born in New York, served as an officer in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and graduated from Yale University and Columbia Law School. He moved to Paris and became senior partner with the law firm Shearman & Sterling in 1967. For many years, McGovern served as chairman of the board of the American Hospital of Paris and in leadership positions with the American Chamber of Commerce in France and the French-American Foundation. In 1983, he was presented with the Chevalier of the French Légion d'Honneur.

Jedd Novatt 

Novatt is an American sculptor who lives in Paris. Novatt divides his time among studios in France, New York and the Basque region of Spain. His work has been widely exhibited in galleries and museums, and is well represented in numerous private and public collections internationally. Novatt graduated from Sarah Lawrence College and is an alumnus of the Lacoste School of the Arts.

Ty Pennington 

Pennington has been recognized as a pioneer in the field of volunteerism for his work on "Extreme Makeover" and "Ty's Great British Adventure." He also serves as an ambassador for the Sears American Dream campaign. Pennington first won national attention as the quirky and creative carpenter on the groundbreaking home improvement series "Trading Spaces." He recently teamed up with industry leader Howard Miller, to create Howard Miller Furnishings by Ty Pennington, and has created a seasonal home décor line at Sears called Ty Pennington Style. The line carries everything from bedding and rugs to lighting and dishware. Pennington currently resides in Los Angeles, California.

E. Michael Powers 

Powers is a native Tennessean. After a lengthy career managing privately held corporations, he acquired Kennel-Aire LLC in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1995 and served as chairman and CEO until selling the company in 2011. Powers then formed Powers Property Investments LLC, where he currently serves as president and CEO. He jointly holds numerous patents including a design that was recognized as one of the top 25 new consumer products worldwide in the 1998 Industrial Design Excellence Awards sponsored by BusinessWeek magazine. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of the South and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School. Powers resides in Savannah.

Art Rollins 

Rollins has been in the financial services industry since 1981 and joined Merrill Lynch and the private wealth practice of STG Partners in 1991. Rollins holds a B.A. in Business Administration and Economics from Rhodes College, Memphis, Tennessee. Art remains active with his alma mater as a member of the Board of Trustees and is currently Secretary of the Board and serves on its Executive Committee. Rollins also serves as immediate past chair of the board of trustees for the Atlanta Boy Choir, past chairman of the board of Breakthrough Atlanta, and as a trustee and vice chairman of the Lovett School Board of Trustees. Art and his wife Cathy live in Atlanta, Georgia, with their three children.

Glen Rollins 

Rollins, a Chattanooga, Tennessee, native, started a career at Orkin Inc. at the age of 14 as a termite technician and worked his way to executive positions where he served as president and chief operating officer. Rollins holds a bachelor's degree in economics from Princeton University. He was a founding member and past chairman of the Professional Pest Management Alliance, where he remains on the board of directors. He has been recognized as a leader in the pest control industry, earning "40 under 40" designations from Pest Control Technology magazine and Georgia Trend magazine.

Arnold Tenenbaum

Former chairman

Tenenbaum, a native Savannahian, retired as president of Chatham Steel Corporation, distributors of metal products. He graduated from Dartmouth College and attended Columbia Business School. A leader of many community organizations, Tenenbaum is credited with starting the Vision 2020 initiative for Savannah, Georgia. He resides in Savannah and Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Anita Thomas 

Ms. Thomas is a graduate of the University of Georgia. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with her husband, Michael, and they have four children and 11 grandchildren. Ms. Thomas chaired SCAD's Atlanta Advisory Council for five years and serves on SCAD's Board of Visitors. She has been active in the community all her life, having served on the Georgia Council for the Arts and at the Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University. A jewelry designer, Ms. Thomas formed Anita's Accents, Ltd., and her designs were featured in The New York Times, Atlanta Journal, Northside Neighbor and several jewelry publications. She has been a contributing editor for Southern Accents magazine, Verandah Magazine and Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles. Ms. Thomas also was honored as one of the 2014 Women of Style and Substance.

Hildi Santo Tomás

Tomás is a former interior designer for the television show "Trading Spaces." The Raleigh, North Carolina, native attended the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, majoring in industrial relations and economics. After college, Tomás worked as a stockbroker and financial analyst in Washington, D.C., but returned to Raleigh to pursue her interior design hobby as a career. She launched Working Girls, an interior design business and workroom, and then moved to Atlanta, Georgia, where she continued her business and later became a partner at Third Millennium Development Inc. Tomás' career in television began with "Trading Spaces," and she is also a designer on "Trading Spaces: Family."

William J. Tyne

Tyne, currently retired, was formerly a managing director and member of the management committee at Bessemer Trust Inc., where he led the formation of a $6 billion alternative investment group. Prior to that, Tyne was a managing director at Alex. Brown & Sons, where he was responsible for the firm's $1.2 billion alternative investment program. A native of Nashville, Tennessee, Tyne graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Arts in history. He sits on several boards including the supervisory board of the $2 billion Fifth Avenue Funds, a hedge fund program, and the $2 billion Old Westbury Private Equity program board. Tyne is a trustee of the American Museum in Britain and resides in London.

Deborah Williams 

Williams is the owner of Armscote Manor, a garden design business, and Cobweb Designs, a renovation and design company in Warwickshire, England. She was educated at Bromsgrove School in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, England, and Moreton Morrell Agricultural College in Warwickshire. She organizes the Notorious Villains Ball, the largest black-tie teenage ball held outside London, which supports a local home-based hospice. She is the founder of the annual Armscote Manor Lecture Series on gardening, landscape architecture and architectural history. She is also involved with the Royal Shakespeare Company, Birmingham Royal Ballet, the American Museum in Britain and the Royal Horticulture Society. Williams serves as a Trustee of Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk, North Carolina, a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and Patron of Historic Royal Palaces.

Virgil Williams 

Williams is chairman of Williams Group International Inc., a diversified multicompany conglomerate with major subsidiaries in civil and construction maintenance. He also serves as chairman of Williams Adair Equity Corporation, a commercial and real estate development firm. Williams chaired Heritage Bank in the 1980s, where he pioneered supermarket branch banking. While earning a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, he managed, during his senior year, to start a construction business that oversaw the completion of a 40-lot subdivision, service station and 12-unit apartment complex. Williams chaired former Georgia Gov. Zell Miller's election campaign, served as Miller's chief of staff and headed the governor's Commission on Effectiveness and Economy in Government. Most recently, Williams acquired Georgia Trend magazine, for which he now serves as publisher.