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Federal Reserve Bank CEO to address summer graduates

Dennis Lockhart

Dennis P. Lockhart, president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, will speak at the combined undergraduate and graduate summer Commencement ceremony Aug. 6 at 9:30 a.m. in Stegeman Coliseum.

“Dennis Lockhart has his finger on the pulse of the financial health of our society,” said UGA President Michael F. Adams. “His knowledge and understanding of the world’s monetary system, along with his vast array of professional, educational and personal experiences, will add depth to the important message he will bring to our summer graduates.”

Lockhart has served as the 14th president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank since March 2007. He is responsible for all of the bank’s activities, including monetary policy, bank supervision and regulation, and payment services. In addition, he serves on the Federal Reserve’s chief monetary policy body, the Federal Open Market Committee. The bank services the 6th Federal Reserve District, which covers Alabama, Florida, Georgia and portions of Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee.

Prior to joining the Federal Reserve Bank, Lockhart served on the faculty of Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service from 2003 to 2007, teaching in the graduate program and chairing the department’s international business, government relations, and global commerce and finance areas. He also was an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies during this time. Lockhart has served in other national and international public and private sector capacities throughout his 40-year career.

The Commencement ceremony recognizes students who will complete degree requirements at the end of the summer term. Approximately 1,000 students will be eligible to receive degrees; however, an exact figure will be available at the conclusion of final exams Aug. 5. The ceremony will be broadcast live on channel 15 of the university and Charter cable systems. It also will be streamed live at