The president of Emory University since 2003 and an engineer by training, Wagner serves on the board at the Carter Center and in 2009 was appointed by Obama as vice chair of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues.
The president and CEO of the Woodruff Arts Center, along with an 18-member governing board, oversees facilities and budgets for the city’s three top-tier arts organizations: the High Museum of Art, Alliance Theatre, and Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.
After being fired in 1978 from a home improvement store, Marcus wasted no time in launching an idea for a new retail model. Over the following decades, he and business partner Arthur Blank expanded the Home Depot to more than 1,800 stores in all 50 states.
Born into poverty in New Orleans, the media and entertainment mogul took inspiration from Oprah’s advice to keep a diary of his thoughts. He turned those early missives into a hit musical, propelling him toward success