Publisher of Atlanta Business Chronicle to Speak
at Business School Honors Ceremony

May 20, 2009

Media Contact:
Mark Vanderhoek
(800) 837-2911, ext. 4037

ATLANTA — Ed Baker, publisher of the Atlanta Business Chronicle and Sporting News, will deliver the keynote address at Mercer’s Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and Economics Honors Ceremony on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in the Trustees Dining Room on the University’s Atlanta campus. The ceremony recognizes the School’s honors graduates from its Atlanta-area undergraduate and graduate programs, as well as recipients of the distinguished faculty and Aprile M. Holland awards and inductees of Beta Gamma Sigma, the business honor society. 

For 23 years, Baker has been publisher of the Atlanta Business Chronicle, one of the country’s largest business journals with more than 180,000 readers each week. In addition, Baker is also publisher of Sporting News, the national sports magazine, along with its digital properties and radio network.  Baker grew up in Atlanta and is active in the community, serving on the boards of numerous foundations and organizations.

Beta Gamma Sigma, the honor society for business programs accredited by the Association of Accreditation of Collegiate Schools of Business-International.  Membership in Beta Gamma Sigma is the highest recognition a business student can receive in an undergraduate or master’s program at a school accredited by AACSB. Only students ranking in the top 10 percent of the undergraduate and top 20 percent of graduate programs at AACSB accredited schools are eligible for this invitation.  Once inducted, students are lifetime members.

Mercer’s chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma will also name Baker as Chapter Honoree during the ceremony. To be named as Honoree, the nominee must have achieved distinction in business and administration and furthered the ideals of Beta Gamma Sigma through outstanding business and managerial leadership. 

About the Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and Economics at Mercer:
Established in 1984, the Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and Economics offers bachelor’s, MBA, Professional MBA, Executive MBA and Master of Accountancy degrees. The School holds accreditation from the prestigious AACSB International — The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, considered the hallmark of excellence among the nation’s top business schools and placing it among the top 25 percent of all business schools in the world. For 2009, the Princeton Review recognized the School as No. 3 for “Greatest Opportunity for Women” and one of its “Best 296 Business Schools.”

About Mercer University:
Founded in 1833, Mercer University is a dynamic and comprehensive center of undergraduate, graduate and professional education. The University has approximately 7,600 students; 11 schools and colleges – liberal arts, law, pharmacy, medicine, business, engineering, education, theology, music, nursing and continuing and professional studies; major campuses in Macon, Atlanta and Savannah; three regional academic centers across the state; a university press; two teaching hospitals — Memorial University Medical Center and the Medical Center of Central Georgia; educational partnerships with Warner Robins Air Logistics Center in Warner Robins and Piedmont Healthcare in Atlanta; an engineering research center in Warner Robins; a performing arts center in Macon; and a NCAA Division I athletic program. For more information, visit www.mercer.edu.
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