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Cleveland Elected Vice Chair of Board of Regents

Atlanta — June 7, 2006

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Regent William H. Cleveland

The Board of Regents, the 18-member governing body for the University System of Georgia, today elected Regent William H. Cleveland to a one-year term as the board’s vice chair.

Cleveland, who was appointed to the Board of Regents by Gov. Roy Barnes in October 2001, will serve as vice chair from July 1, 2006, through June 30, 2007.

“My fellow board members’ vote of confidence in my leadership abilities means a great deal to me,” Cleveland stated. “I am looking forward to joining with Chairman Vigil to meet the challenges of the year ahead.”

Cleveland has served as chair of the Board of Regents’ Committee on Academic Affairs for the past four fiscal years. He also is a member of the board of directors of MCG Health, Inc., the private corporation that runs the Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Cleveland is a physician specializing in nephrology. He currently serves as a clinical nephrologist on the medical staffs of five Atlanta hospitals, and as medical director for six Atlanta-area dialysis centers. Cleveland is president of Southwest Atlanta Nephrology and Nephronet LLC, and a past president of the Crawford Long Hospital Medical Staff.

From 1991 to 1996, Cleveland served as co-medical director for the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games and was a member of the International Olympic Medical Commission. The commission honored him with its Distinguished Service Award in 1999.

Cleveland earned a bachelor of science degree from Morehouse College and a doctor of medicine degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He completed his residency and fellowship at Emory University Affiliated Hospital.

Cleveland and his wife, Verna, live in Atlanta. The couple has two daughters.

The Board of Regents is a constitutional body that governs and manages the University System of Georgia. The University System is comprised of 35 public colleges and universities, more than 250,000 students, and approximately 36,000 faculty and staff.

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