I am delighted to announce that the keynote speaker for GSU’s undergraduate, graduate and specialist commencement in December will be Dr. Helene Gayle. Dr. Gayle is the president and chief executive officer of CARE USA, a leading international humanitarian organization based in Atlanta. CARE’s poverty-fighting programs reached 82 million people in 87 countries last year. Since joining CARE in 2006, Dr. Gayle has led efforts to reinforce CARE’s commitment to empowering women and girls to bring lasting change to poor communities. An expert on health, global development and humanitarian issues, Dr. Gayle spent 20 years with the Centers for Disease Control, working primarily on HIV/AIDS. She then moved on to work at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, directing programs on HIV/AIDS and other global health issues. Dr. Gayle chairs the Obama administration’s Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS and serves on the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including being named one of Newsweek‘s top 10 “Women in Leadership.” I’m sure you join me in looking forward to her inspirational remarks as we gather at the Georgia Dome on December 14 at 11 a.m.
I hope you’re having a productive fall semester as we near the beginning of the holiday season. The changes in the weather and in foliage are signs that the celebration of Thanksgiving will soon be upon us, and at Georgia State we have much for which to be thankful. Even in this historically difficult economic environment, GSU continues to shine as our alumni, students, staff and faculty are making this world a better place through their innumerable and varied contributions to society. Thank you, and all best wishes.
Mark P. Becker