MACON — The Mercer University Board of Trustees elected Columbus resident Tom Black as a Life Trustee, only the eighth person to receive that designation in the University’s 177-year history. He was named Nov. 19.
"Black has been a committed and generous supporter of Mercer since 1980," according to a media release Monday.
"He consistently gives to the Mercer Fund and is a Life Member of the President’s Club. A dedicated supporter of the School of Medicine, he and his wife endowed the Thomas B. and Doris E. Black Endowed Chair in Pediatrics in 2003.
"Since 1980, Black has served five consecutive terms as a Mercer trustee and was chair of the board in 1991. A Baylor University graduate, he is a retired administrator with the Bradley-Turner Foundation, a top-10 private foundation in Georgia that has helped to fund several projects at Mercer, including the University Center and The Science and Engineering Building.
"He is a past campaign chairman and president of the United Way in Columbus; a trustee of the Brookstone School in Columbus; a trustee of the Walter Allen Richards Foundation; and a chairman of the Community Projects Foundation. He is a deacon at First Baptist Church of Columbus."
“Tom Black has served this university with great distinction for 30 years,” said Mercer President William D. Underwood. “It is entirely fitting that the Board recognized his tremendous contributions by electing him as only the eighth Life Trustee in the University’s long history. He is a credit to his community and to the cause of higher education in Georgia.”