Delta Air Lines CEO to deliver keynote address

Ed Bastian will address the undergraduate class, UGA Vice President Jennifer Frum will address the graduate class

Ed Bastian, CEO of Delta Air Lines, to deliver the first cycle kick-off speech in the spring at the University of Georgia on Friday, May 13 at 7:30 p.m. at Sanford Stadium.

Jennifer Frum, UGA’s Vice President for Public Service and Outreach, will deliver the graduate launch speech the same day at 9:30 a.m. at Stegeman Coliseum. No ticket is required for either ceremony.

Since May 2016, Bastian has served as CEO of Delta, where he leads a team of 75,000 global professionals building the world’s leading international airline, powered by a people-centric, customer-focused culture and a spirit of innovation.

Bastian, which is also a parent company of UGA, has reinforced Delta’s leadership position as the world’s most reliable airline while growing its global footprint and improving customer experience in the air and on the ground. . During Bastian’s tenure as CEO, Delta became the most awarded airline in the world, having been named the No. 1 airline by JD Power, the Wall Street Journal’s No. Ranked in Fortune’s World’s Most Admired Companies, Most Overtime Global Airline by FlightGlobal, Platinum Award recipient for Operational Excellence by Cirium, One of TIME100’s Most Influential Companies, a Glassdoor Best Place to Work, and more.

In 2018 Fortune magazine named Bastian one of the “50 Greatest Leaders in the World” and in 2019 he was elected a Fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations. Most recently, Bastian received the 2021 Airline Strategy Award for Executive Leadership by FlightGlobal and was named one of the Top 10 CEOs of 2021 in Glassdoor’s Employees’ Choice Awards as a leader who has excelled in supporting its staff throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

Graduation ceremony speaker Jennifer Frum became UGA’s fourth vice president for public service and outreach in 2012 and the first woman to hold the position. She provides institutional direction for UGA’s eight diverse public service and outreach units, which contribute in many ways to Georgia’s short- and long-term prosperity. The UGA Vice President’s Office for Public Service and Outreach has an estimated $753 million in annual economic impact on Georgia.

In her role at UGA, Frum is responsible for training, technical assistance, continuing education, and applied research programs that develop community leaders, create new small businesses, make government more efficient, provide students with real-world experiences, protect the environment and revitalize downtowns. , among other benefits. She also provides leadership, along with the vice president for research, of UGA’s economic development program, including the university’s economic development office in Atlanta.

Frum joined UGA in 1995 as a research professional in the Office of International Development and joined the Carl Vinson Institute of Government in 2006. She served as deputy director and acting director of the Vinson Institute and vice president per interim for public service and outreach before becoming vice president. She also served as interim president of Armstrong State University from June to December 2017.

Karli “KB” Bryant, who will receive a Bachelor of Education with a major in Communication Sciences and Disorders, is the student speaker for the undergraduate ceremony.

Both ceremonies will follow the Southeastern Conference’s see-through bag policy.

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