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Grady College announces inductees for fifth annual Grady Fellowship class and All Fellows Day events

The Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication will welcome six industry leaders to its Grady Fellowship on November 15. The Grady Fellowship Tribute Evening V induction ceremony will be held at the UGA Hotel and Conference Center as part of the broader festivities surrounding Grady College's All Fellows Day. The tribute gala begins with a 6 p.m. reception and the dinner ceremony will follow at 7 p.m.

Established in 2008 to honor those whose influence, achievements and service to the media professions have enhanced the reputation of the Grady College, the fifth annual class includes Glen Finland ’74, McLean, Virginia; Henry Grady III ’84, Atlanta; Jeff Jowdy ’83, Franklin, Tennessee; Tim Mapes ’86, Atlanta; Greg McGarity ’76, Athens.; and Horace Newcomb, Athens.

Finland is the author of the acclaimed family memoir Next Stop and a prominent autism advocate. A former TV news reporter, she is a freelance writer for multiple publications, including The Washington Post and Family Circle.

Grady has more than 25 years of experience in the banking and capital markets industries. A fifth-generation grandson of the college's namesake, Grady is the managing director for healthcare investment at SunTrust Robinson Humphrey.

Jowdy is the founder and president of Lighthouse Counsel, which provides fundraising counsel and strategic support to not-for-profit organizations. A member of the UGA Alumni Association Board of Directors and the Grady Board of Trust, he has more than 20 years of experience working with not-for-profits and philanthropic organizations.

Mapes is the senior vice president of marketing for Delta Air Lines. He was named one of marketing's "Top 10 Innovative Thinkers" by Advertising Age and, in 2007, earned the inaugural Dean's Medal for leadership excellence in communication. Mapes is a past chair of the Grady Board of Trust.

McGarity is the director of athletics at the University of Georgia, presiding over 21 sports in one of the nation's leading athletic programs. He spent 18 years working in a variety of leadership roles at the University of Florida prior to coming to Athens. He also is a member of the NCAA Division I Football Issues Committee.

Newcomb is the Lambdin Kay Chair for the Peabodys and serves as the director of the George Foster Peabody Awards. A member of the Grady College's telecommunications faculty, Newcomb is a prolific writer of television critiques and history. He was the primary editor of the renownedEncyclopedia of Television, a project of The Museum of Broadcast Communications.

Please join me in congratulating this year’s remarkable class. This recognition highlights their impressive contributions to their professions and the University. The UGA Alumni Association enthusiastically welcomes the fifth class of the Grady Fellowship and anticipates great things to come from all its members. Go Dawgs!

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