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John Hardman, M.D.

Former President and Chief Executive Officer, The Carter Center

Former president and CEO of The Carter Center, Dr. Hardman provided leadership to achieve the Carter Center's commitment to prevent and resolve conflicts, enhance freedom and democracy, and improve health. He was 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 held faculty appointments in psychiatry and pediatrics at Emory University Medical School and was medical director of Peachford Hospital. He also 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.

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