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Kenneth Byers Appointed Chair of Carter Center Board of Councilors

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ATLANTA, GA...Kenneth G. Byers, Jr., president of Byers Engineering Company, has been
appointed chair of the Carter Center's Board of Councilors for 2010. The board is comprised of 221 members, who serve as a leadership advisory group that promotes understanding among opinion leaders and the broader community of The Carter Center and its activities.

"Since joining the Board of Councilors in 2005, Ken has demonstrated a real commitment to our mission," Carter Center President and CEO John Hardman said. "We look forward to working even more closely with him in this new leadership role."

As Board of Councilors chair for 2010, he will follow Claire Lewis Arnold, CEO of Leapfrog Services Inc., and past chair, Charles Brewer, managing member of Las Catalinas Holding Company.

In 1971, he founded Byers Engineering Company, a 1,000-employee firm providing technical services and software products to the utilities industry.  Byers earned bachelor's and master's degrees in electrical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and an MBA from Georgia State University.  Among many civic involvements, he serves as a trustee of The Georgia Tech Foundation and is a director and past vice president of the Atlanta Rotary Club, a past director of the Chief Executives Organization and past chairman of its Southern University, former chairman of SciTrek, and a past member of the Young Presidents Organization.  Byers is an Eagle Scout, and is a licensed professional engineer in 18 states.


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