Georgia Law names foyer for Aflac Foundation President Kathelen Amos

Monday, November 5, 2012

Writer/Contact: Cindy Rice, 706/542-5172, cindyh@uga.edu

Georgia Law names foyer for Aflac Foundation President Kathelen Amos

Athens, Ga. – The University of Georgia School of Law recently dedicated one of its newly renovated spaces in honor of Kathelen V. Amos, a 1982 graduate of the law school. The ceremony included a portrait unveiling of Amos, whose likeness now hangs in the space that bears her name—the Kathelen Van Blarcum Amos Foyer. Amos and her husband, Dan, made a leadership gift to the law school to assist in its renovations and have been longtime supporters of the school.

“I cannot say enough about what Kathelen and Dan have done throughout the years to help ensure a bright future for Georgia Law,” Dean Rebecca Hanner White said. “Kathelen is an outstanding advocate for and a dear friend to the law school, giving unselfishly of both her time and money. She leads by example and seeks out new ways to make a difference in the lives of those around her. Kathelen is an amazing individual, and I am thankful for having the privilege of working so closely with her over the years.”

Amos has been a member of the law school’s Board of Visitors since 2005 and has served as chair of the BOV for the last three years. In addition to her support of the law school’s renovation, significant gifts made by Amos include the establishment of the Kathelen Van Blarcum Amos Law School Scholarship in 2010.

A native of Columbus, Ga., Amos joined Aflac as a staff attorney in its legal department in 1985 and was promoted to deputy counsel seven years later. In addition to duties in the legal arena, she was made responsible for the company’s public and media relations, corporate philanthropy and its shareholder services department. Then, in 1995, her role was further expanded to include corporate advertising.

Two of Amos’ most visible contributions during her career at Aflac were the introduction of the very successful Aflac Duck advertising campaign and the company becoming the named sponsor of the Aflac Cancer Center and Blood Disorders Service at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

Notably, she was also Aflac’s first female executive vice president, receiving that promotion in 2001. Since officially retiring from the company in 2005, she has remained the senior relationship adviser with the Aflac Cancer Center and serves as president of the Aflac Foundation.

Well-known among the philanthropic community, Amos also currently serves on the board of the Georgia Research Alliance, formerly the Georgia Cancer Coalition, and is co-chair of the advisory board of the John B. Amos Cancer Center. Additionally, she is a member of the board of trustees of Emory University, Brookstone School, the Columbus Museum and the Columbus Bank and Trust Company.

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