Emory’s Board of Trustees elects new members

March 3, 2020

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The Emory Board of Trustees has elected three new members (left to right): Andrew W. Evans, Bishop L. Jonathan Holston and Bishop David W. Graves.

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The Emory University Board of Trustees has elected three new members: Andrew W. (Drew) Evans of Atlanta, executive vice president and chief financial officer, Southern Company; Bishop David W. Graves of the Alabama-West Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church; and Bishop L. Jonathan Holston of the South Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church. 

Evans has served as executive vice president and chief financial officer of Southern Company since 2018, and is responsible for the company’s accounting, finance, business development, investor relations, treasury, and information technology functions. He also serves as Southern Company’s chief risk officer, and he is a member of the company’s management council. Evans was previously president and chief executive officer of Southern Company Gas, as well as chairman of that company’s board of directors.

Evans joined Southern Company Gas, formerly AGL Resources, in May 2002. In addition to serving as president and CEO, he held several other leadership positions, including chief operating officer, chief financial officer, and treasurer.

A graduate of Emory University with a bachelor’s degree in economics, Evans is also a graduate of the Booth/Kellogg program and CEO Perspectives. He serves as chairman of the Grady Health Foundation, and on the boards of Zoo Atlanta and United Way of Greater Atlanta – HomeFirst Atlanta Community Oversight Board. Evans also serves on the energy advisory council of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.

Graves, an ordained pastor in the United Methodist Church for more than 28 years, was appointed resident bishop of the church’s Alabama-West Florida Conference in 2016. Along with his cabinet and the Board of Ordained Ministry, Bishop Graves formed a 19-member Bishop’s Response Team, which stands ready to support congregations across the Alabama-West Florida Conference in times of crisis. 

A native of Knoxville, Tennessee, he began his ministry at the Fountain City United Methodist Church in Knoxville, and served churches in the Chattanooga and Kingsport areas, including as senior pastor for the Ooltewah United Methodist Church, a large membership church. He was appointed superintendent for the Kingsport District of the church’s Holston Conference, where he served for six years and was dean of the cabinet.

Graves holds a bachelor’s of business administration degree from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and a master of divinity degree from Emory’s Candler School of Theology. 

Holston was elected to the episcopacy and assigned as resident bishop of the South Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church in 2012. Prior to that, he served for seven years as senior pastor of St. James United Methodist Church in Atlanta, and before that as superintendent of the Atlanta-Decatur-Oxford District of the church’s North Georgia Conference.

A native of Griffin, Georgia, he has traveled extensively as a specialist in missions to Ecuador, Uganda, Costa Rica, Haiti, Honduras, Guatemala, Zimbabwe, Kenya, India, China, and Hong Kong. He has served the United Methodist Committee on Relief, the Catastrophic Disaster Response Team, and as the Church World Service Disaster Consultant in Georgia.

Holston holds a bachelor’s degree in religion from the University of Georgia, a master of divinity degree from The Interdenominational Theological Center, Gammon Theological Seminary in Atlanta, and several honorary degrees.