In a year of major milestones for Georgia State University, the Distinguished Alumni Award is celebrating a milestone of its own.
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“The Distinguished Alumni Awards is celebrating its 50th year along with the university’s Centennial celebration, so this year has special significance,” says Christina Million, associate vice president for alumni affairs. “The four honorees are absolutely incredible, and they all truly exemplify Georgia State through their professional accomplishments, community involvement and love for their alma mater.”
The Distinguished Alumni Award recipients for 2013 are:
- Ahmet Bozer (M.S., ’83), executive vice president and president of Coca-Cola International, which manages the company’s operations in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Pacific islands. He is a founding member of the Coca-Cola Turkey Life Plus Foundation, a member of Coca-Cola’s Public Policy and Corporate Reputation Council and a former board member of the Coca-Cola Foundation.
- Ronald Freeman Sr. (J.D., ’85), founding partner of Union City, Ga., law firm Johnson & Freeman LLC. As an attorney, he has developed a lengthy track record in the field of business and construction litigation and dispute resolution in both the public and private sectors. He has also served as a judge in the Magistrate Court of Fulton County and the City of Riverdale Municipal Court.
- Lee Armstrong Lumpkin (B.A., ’68), former vice president and general manager of Charlotte, N.C.-area ABC affiliates WSOC and WAXN. Lumpkin established the John William Armstrong Jr. Endowment for the Communications Department in honor of her father.
- Alicia Philipp (M.B.A., ’82), president of the Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta, a non-profit organization managing more than $740 million in assets. Alicia has served on numerous boards and committees, including the advisory committee of the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, and received the 2010 John H. Allen Humanitarian Award from Atlanta Interfaith Broadcasters.
The four were honored at the annual awards dinner Friday, Oct. 11 in the GSU Student Center Ballroom.