More than 50,000 Mercer alumni, including graduates of Tift College, live in all 50 states and in more than 70 countries around the world. The Mercer University Alumni Association, governed by a National Board of Directors and an Alumni Board of Directors for each school or college, seeks to perpetuate friendships formed during college and to promote the commitment of alumni to the University. The Association sponsors numerous events each year, including “Mercer Connections” in cities where alumni live.

Alumni play a vital role in the nomination of prospective members for the University’s Board of Trustees. Each fall, ballots with the names of nine nominees are mailed to all alumni on record. Alumni vote for three candidates, and the nominees are submitted along with nominations from the Board of Trustees to the Georgia Baptist Convention (GBC) nominating committee. The nominating committee selects three of the nine alumni nominees for recommendation to the GBC, which elects the new trustees in November.

Mercer University has been preparing leaders who make a difference in their professions and their communities. Mercer’s presence literally is felt around the world.

Some Notable Mercer University Alumni:

  • Judge Griffin B. Bell served as the 72nd Attorney General of the United States.
  • Judge William Augustus Bootle ordered the first admission of an African-American to the University of Georgia in 1961.
  • Cathy Cox is Georgia’s Secretary of State, the first woman to be elected to that position.
  • LTG (USA, Ret.) Claude “Mick” Kicklighter serves as Assistant Secretary of Policy and Planning, Department of Veteran Affairs, Washington, D.C., and chairman of the Board for Habitat for Humanity International for the past three years.
  • Judge M. Yvette Miller is a member of the Georgia Court of Appeals, the first African-American female on the court.
  • Reg Murphy is the former president of the National Geographic Society, publisher of The Baltimore Sun, editor and publisher of The San Francisco Examiner and editor of The Atlanta Constitution.
  • Corbett H. Thigpen, M.D., was a psychiatrist whose book about one of his patients with multiple personalities was later made into the movie The Three Faces of Eve.
  • Carl Vinson was the first living American to have a major naval warship named in his honor with the 1980 launching of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, the USS Carl Vinson, which is still in service.
  • Ten Mercerians served as governors of the states of Alabama, Georgia, New Hampshire, Texas and Puerto Rico.
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