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John Hardman, M.D., President and Chief Executive Officer, The Carter Center

As president and CEO, Dr. Hardman provides leadership to achieve the Carter Center's commitment to prevent and resolve conflicts, enhance freedom and democracy, and improve health. He is an active participant in the Carter Center's program initiatives, including election monitoring in Asia, Africa, and Latin America; Ethiopian public health training; global development strategies and conflict resolution efforts; and agriculture programs aimed at improving food production in Africa and North Korea.

Dr. Hardman first served the Center in 1989, when he headed the Initiative to Reduce Global Tobacco Use and was the Center's representative to the World Health Organization's Tobacco and Health Program in 1990.

Dr. Hardman directed the Center's Mental Health Program from 1991-1993, became associate executive director in February 1992, and was appointed executive director in December 1992. In 2007, the Center's board of trustees voted to change the title to president and chief executive officer.

Dr. Hardman has held faculty appointments in psychiatry and pediatrics at Emory University Medical School and was medical director of Peachford Hospital. He also has held prominent positions with professional and community organizations, including serving as president of the Georgia Psychiatric Physicians Association, president of the Georgia Council on Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, president and chairman of Leadership Georgia, and president and chairman of the Atlanta Historical Society.

He has served as a director of the National Association of Private Psychiatric Hospitals, as a member of the board of the High Museum of Art, as a member of the Atlanta Area Council Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of America, and on the Mayo Medical Alumni Association Board.  He currently is chairman of the boards of the Ships of the Sea Museum and the Beehive Foundation and serves on the boards of the International Fertilizer Development Center and the Blum Center for Developing Economies, University of California, Berkeley.

Dr. Hardman received his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia, received his training in psychiatry as a resident at the Mayo Clinic from 1969-71, and completed a child psychiatry fellowship at Emory University from 1971-73.


P. Craig Withers, M.B.A., M.H.A., Director of Program Support, Health Programs

As director of program support, Mr. Withers manages and directs international development activities in health and food security in 19 African and Latin American countries. He has worked on Guinea worm eradication in Sudan and Nigeria and as a regional technical adviser in Burkina Faso for The Carter Center.

Mr. Withers has more than 30 years experience in public health policy. He received a Master of Business Administration in international business and a Master of Health Administration in health planning from Georgia State University and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Notre Dame. His honors include awards for work done as special assistant to the deputy director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


In Memoriam:  Norman Borlaug, Ph.D., Senior Consultant, Agriculture
Dr. Borlaug was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1970 for launching the "Green Revolution" in Asia and for his lifetime of work to help feed the hungry. From 1986 until his death Sept. 12, 2009, at age 95, he led the Sasakawa-Global 2000 Agriculture Program, a joint venture between the Sasakawa Africa Association and the Carter Center's Global 2000 program. The effort has helped more than 4,000,000 small-scale farmers in 15 sub-Saharan African countries to increase crop production.

Born March 25, 1914, Dr. Borlaug was awarded his doctorate in plant pathology in 1942 by the University of Minnesota. He served at the Rockefeller Foundation as the scientist in charge of wheat improvement under the Cooperative Mexican Agriculture.
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