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Salman Rushdie to speak at Emory graduation

Salman Rushdie to speak at Emory graduation

ATLANTA -- Sir Salman Rushdie, a University Distinguished Professor at Emory University, will speak at the school's commencement ceremony on Monday, May 11.

Rushdie's professorship ends this spring. During his time at Emory, he hosted a number of classroom lectures, faculty forums and public talks.

The author and human right advocate received worldwide fame in 1989, when Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini called for his death after The Satanic Verses was published.

Rushdie will also receive an honorary doctorate at Emory's commencement. Other honorary degree recipients will include former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin (doctor of laws), first-ever Emory provost Billy Frye (doctor of letters) and R. Randall Rollins, chairman of the board of directors of Rollins, Inc. (doctor of humane letters).

Emory names new CEOs for 2 hospitals

Emory names new CEOs for 2 hospitals

ATLANTA -- Emory Healthcare has hired new CEOs to run two of its top hospitals.

Marilyn Margolis has been named CEO of Emory Johns Creek Hospital. She began her Emory career more than 30 years ago, working as a nurse. She has led nursing teams in various areas throughout the Emory Healthcare system.

Margolis became CNO of Emory Johns Creek Hospital in 2011, then was promoted in 2013 to CNO and vice president of operations. She became interim CEO last September.

Margolis received the Georgia Hospital Association's 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award.

Daniel Owens is the new CEO of Emory University Hospital Midtown. He began working for the health system in 1994 and has held numerous operations positions, including corporate controller for Emory's corporate finance department.

He became vice president of operations at the Midtown hospital in 2012, and was named interim CEO in September 2014.

DeKalb superintendent among 100 Most Influential Georgians

DeKalb superintendent among 100 Most Influential Georgians

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- DeKalb County School District Superintendent Michael Thurmond has been named to Georgia Trend magazine's latest list of the 100 Most Influential Georgians.

Thurmond has served as superintendent since February 2013. He is the only public schools superintendent to receive the honor.

His recognition in the magazine says:

The former commissioner of labor inherited a mess when he took over leadership of the third-largest school system in Georgia (100,000 students, 14,000 employees and a $1.2 billion budget). He stabilized the troubled district, built a $30 million surplus, improved student achievement and increased graduation rates. Along the way, he has enhanced the reputation as a leader and public education advocate.

Personal Safety Tips

Personal Safety Tips

By Greg Norred, CEO, Norred & Associates

Over the course of your life, the chances of being the victim of a crime are at least one in three, higher if you live in a large city, and higher still if you’re a woman. The criminal’s objective is to maximize gain and minimize risk, and he’ll usually pick the easiest target with the most to offer. Given these odds, it pays to take precautions by following some basic safety rules:

Trethewey adds archives to Emory library

Trethewey adds archives to Emory library

ATLANTA -- A former U.S. Poet Laureate is donating her archives to a library at Emory University in Atlanta.

Natasha Tretheway's drafts, early unpublished writings and computers will join other collections at the university's Manuscript Archives and Rare Book Library. The library's collections include work by Alice Walker, Seamus Heaney and Salman Rushdie.

College of Arts and Sciences Dean Robin Forman says Tretheway's archives will help students learn about the creative process and the meaning of poetry. Tretheway is a faculty member at Emory and the Poet Laureate of Mississippi.

She served as U.S. Poet Laureate for two terms. Her work includes the Pulitzer Prize-winning collection "Native Guard."

Emory St. Joseph's names new CEO

Emory St. Joseph's names new CEO

ATLANTA -- Craig McCoy will become CEO of Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital, effective Sept. 1.

McCoy joined Emory Healthcare in May 2011 as CEO of Emory Johns Creek Hospital, and has served as interim CEO of Saint Joseph's since May 2014.

Prior to joining Emory, McCoy served as CEO of a hospital in Phoenix, Ariz owned by Vanguard Health System. He holds a bachelor's degree from Furman University and a master's of health administration from Medical University of South Carolina/Clemson University.

DeKalb police chief honored

DeKalb police chief honored

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- DeKalb County Police Chief Cedric Alexander has been recognized for his many achievements over his three-decade law enforcement career.

Alexander was presented with a resolution by the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police during its 2014 conference.

"It is an honor and a privilege to receive this recognition from the Georgia Chiefs Association," Alexander said in a release. "It's always humbling to get recognized by your peers."

Alexander has served as DeKalb's police chief since April 2013 and is also president of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives.