Board of Curators


Vincent J. Dooley, Chairman

Vincent J. DooleyVincent J. Dooley served as head football coach at the University of Georgia from 1964 – 1988 and as UGA director of Athletics from 1979 – 2004. Born in Mobile, Alabama, he was an all-star football and basketball player at Auburn University, where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in business Management and a Masters in History. After serving in the US Marine Corp he worked as assistant coach at Auburn before being named head coach of the Georgia Bulldogs in 1964. His contributions to UGA were recognized in 2008 with the dedication of the Vince Dooley Athletic Complex. A special statue and garden commemorate his accomplishments along with the naming of all the south campus athletic facilities in his honor. Coach Dooley is both an avid gardener and a dedicated student of history. He has been the recipient of most of the nation’s highest athletic honors, including his recent recognition as the winner of the 2010 Bear Bryant Lifetime Achievement Award, which recognizes excellence in coaching on and off the field during a career. In  2009, he donated his papers to the Georgia Historical Society, making them available for scholarly research by future generations.

Walter M. “Sonny” Deriso, Jr., Vice Chairman

Walter M. Deriso, Jr.Walter M. “Sonny” Deriso, Jr. is the Founding Chairman and a Director of Atlantic Capital Bank and Atlantic Capital Bancshares, Inc. Previously, Mr. Deriso served as Vice Chairman of Synovus Financial Corp and as CEO and director of Security Bank & Trust Company of Albany. Mr. Deriso graduated from Emory University College with a BA in History and received his J.D. with Distinction from Emory University School of Law. Currently, Mr. Deriso is chairman of the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority, a Trustee of Emory University, and board member for Post Properties, Inc., Georgia Bankers Association, Foundation for the Methodist Children’s home of South Georgia Conference, and Georgia Chamber of Commerce.

Thomas D. Hills, Treasurer

Thomas D. HillsTommy Hills retired from serving as State Treasurer for Georgia in November 2011. Hills previously served as the state’s first chief financial officer from June 2003 until September 2010 during the administration of Governor Sonny Perdue. In this capacity he oversaw the operations of 24 state agencies, authorities, and commissions, including the State Treasury, the Georgia Financing and Investment Commission, the Georgia Department of Revenue and the Office of Planning and Budget. He currently serves on the boards of the state pension funds, the Georgia Financing and Investment Commission, the State Depository Board, the State Properties Commission, and the Georgia Building Authority. Hills’s professional memberships include the State Bar of Georgia and the Rotary Club of Atlanta, and he serves on the Advisory Boards of the University of Georgia Press and Lanier Holdings.

Thomas M. Holder, Secretary

Thomas M. HolderThomas M. Holder has served as the Chairman and CEO of Holder Construction Company in Atlanta since 1997. A graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology, he began at Holder in 1976 and held various operations and management positions before being promoted to President and CEO in 1989. His clients include The Coca-Cola Company, the University of Georgia, AT&T and Cox Enterprises. Continually active in community service, Mr. Holder has served as the Chairman on the Kennesaw State University Foundation Board of Trustees and has been a board member of the Woodruff Arts Center since 2006, where he chaired the 2007-2008 annual corporate campaign. He is also on the board of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Foundation and a member of Atlanta Downtown Rotary.


Chairmen Emeriti

Robert L. Brown, Jr.

Kay T. Hightower

Robert S. Jepson, Jr.

Bill Jones III

Donald Kole

Howard J. Morrison, Jr.

Grace Greer Phillips

Lisa L. White

Endowment Trust Board

John F. McMullan, Chairman

Dolly Chisholm

Dale Critz, Sr.

Vincent J. Dooley, Ex officio

W. Todd Groce, Ex officio

Robert S. Jepson, Jr.

Sissy Schram Levy

Thomas V. Reilly

Philip Solomons, Jr.