Board of Trustees elects new regents


Elections of new regents by the University’s Board of Trustees occurred on October 16. Those elected by the trustees to serve six-year terms on the Board of Regents are Montague “Cosmo” Boyd III, C’74, and Katherine “Kate” Nielsen.

Lee Thomas, C’67, has been elected to serve a two-year term as chair of the University’s Board of Regents. This election came during the Regents’ fall 2014 meeting held in September.
In addition, Charles J. Nabit, C’77, and Mary Babson completed their terms as Regents and were recognized for their service by the Board of Regents during their meeting last month.

Lee Thomas, C’67, of Jacksonville, Florida, is the former head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the retired CEO of Rayonier, Inc. Thomas began his career in South Carolina, was brought to Washington to serve as an official in the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and was selected to lead the federal response to dioxin contamination in Times Beach, Missouri. In 1985, he was appointed by President Reagan as administrator of the EPA, where he played a leading role in three major environmental success stories.

Following the Reagan Administration, Thomas began a business career that included senior management positions at Georgia-Pacific, and the position of chairman of the board and CEO at Rayonier, one of the biggest owners of forest land in the United States and a leader in the development of high-value products made from cellulose. 

Montague “Cosmo” Lafitte Boyd III, C’74, of Atlanta, Georgia, served on the Board of Trustees from 2007-2010, is president of the Sewanee Club of Atlanta, and received the Distinguished Alumni Service Award from the Associated Alumni in 2012. He is senior vice president at Stephens Inc., and was previously senior vice president at UBS Financial Services and Robinson-Humphrey Co., Inc. His community involvement includes service as a trustee for Atlanta Opera, the Center for the Visually Impaired, and Parent to Parent Georgia.

Katherine J. “Kate” Nielsen of Birmingham, Alabama, is the former president of the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham. She previously worked at AmSouth Bancorp, and the YWCA of Central Alabama. She is past president of the Rotary Club of Birmingham and a director of Cultural Alliance of Greater Birmingham. She has also served on the boards of Leadership Birmingham; the Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center at UAB, the Birmingham Museum of Art and the Birmingham Regional Chamber of Commerce.

The Board of Regents is the 20-member executive board of the University.

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