Agnes Scott Elects Three New Board Members

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Agnes Scott College elected three new members to its Board of Trustees at its spring meeting—Claire Burdett, Wesley French and Mary Lou Hawkes.

The new board members join 28 other members of the Agnes Scott board, chaired by Clyde C. Tuggle, senior vice president, global public affairs and communications of The Coca-Cola Company, and vice chaired by attorney Suzanne C. Feese.

Burdett, a member of Agnes Scott’s class of ’72, was one of first female presidents of a consumer bank in the U.S.—Associates National Bank. She has been involved with her own venture, Financial Solutions Group, which consults with Fortune 500 companies in financial acumen and strategic business planning.

She presently heads development projects for the North Carolina Maritime Museum and serves as president of their Friends Board of Directors.

Burdett received her M.B.A. from Columbia University in marketing and finance and her B.A. from Agnes Scott in English literature and French. She lives with her husband, Ed, in Oakland, Calif.

French is co-founder of French Wolf & Farr, an investment advisory firm, and is responsible for the development and servicing of client relationships. Before co-founding the firm, he was a partner and executive vice president of an Atlanta-based investment advisory firm that was acquired by Wilmington Trust in 2002. French previously had spent 13 years with First Union Corp., where he helped establish the bank’s presence in Georgia and served as senior vice president and regional managing director of private banking.

French serves on the board of the Atlanta History Center, where he is a member of the investment, development and nominating committees. He also serves on the board of the Wesley Woods Foundation. A Buckhead resident, French is an active member of the Buckhead Rotary Club and the Buckhead Lions Club, where he is past president. He is also active at Peachtree Road United Methodist church having served recently as chairman of the finance committee. He serves on several development committees for the Atlanta Area Boy Scouts of America and is an honorary board member of Trinity Community Ministries.

French graduated from Davidson College with a bachelor’s degree in economics.

Hawkes, a 1965 graduate of Agnes Scott College with a major in mathematics, is a former high school math teacher and tutor who lives in Massachusetts.

She serves in her local and state Congregational Church and was a library volunteer for many years. She was a member of the Essex Association Board of Directors and has served as chair of the Board of Deacons, the Financial Board and the property committee in addition to serving on the Christian Education Board and Stewardship. She has been a Sunday school teacher from nursery through high school.

Hawkes is involved in the Peabody Essex Museum as a member of the American Decorative Arts Committee. She has also served on the antique show committee for the museum and in addition was honorary chair of the antique show.

Three trustees will leave Agnes Scott’s Board of Trustees as their terms on the board expire June 30—Audrey L. Grant ’77, Marsha Norman ’69x and Nancy M. Kuykendall ’61.

Agnes Scott College educates women to think deeply, live honorably and engage the intellectual and social challenges of their times. Students are drawn to Agnes Scott by its excellent academic reputation, exceptional faculty and metropolitan Atlanta location—offering myriad social, cultural and experiential learning opportunities. This highly selective liberal arts college is known for its diverse and dynamic intellectual community. Through SUMMIT, it provides every student, regardless of major, with an individualized course of study and co-curricular experiences that develop leadership abilities and understanding of complex global dynamics.