Since 1963, the Georgia State Alumni Association has recognized outstanding alumni with the Distinguished Alumni Awards. This year’s winners are:
Ahmet Bozer (MBA ’82)
Ahmet C. Bozer is the Executive Vice President and President of Coca-Cola International, which consists of the Company’s Europe, Pacific and Eurasia and Africa operations. He previously served as president of Coca-Cola’s Eurasia and Africa Group, where he led the company’s business activities in more than 90 countries. He received his B.S. in business administration from Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey. He later spent five years in various audit, consultancy and management roles with Coopers and Lybrand in Atlanta.
Bozer is a founding member of The Coca-Cola Turkey Life Plus Foundation, and he also served as head of the US-Pakistan Business Council. He sits on the Company’s Public Policy and Corporate Reputation Council and is a former board member of the Turkish Educational Volunteers Foundation and The Coca-Cola Foundation.
Ronald Freeman Sr. (J.D. ’85)
Ronald Freeman’s interests in business and construction litigation led Freeman to serve as general counsel to several businesses that encountered employment and construction related issues. Later, Freeman’s career found its place as a judge in the Magistrate Court of Fulton County and then the City of Riverdale Municipal Court. As a member of the American Bar Association and several other judicial forums, Freeman believes young professionals should focus their careers on service to others and the betterment of society. He says Georgia State helped shape his career through enriching relationships, leadership values and numerous opportunities.
Lee Armstrong Lumpkin (B.A. ’68)
Lee Armstrong Lumpkin built a successful career in telecommunications and, in 1997, she became the first woman promoted to a general manager position for a Cox television station when she took over WHIO-TV in Dayton, Ohio. She retired from WSOC-TV in Charlotte, where she served as general manager since 2007. In addition to her achievements, Lumpkin is most proud of the opportunity to help young professionals on their journey to success, including watching her son find his way into adulthood. Lumpkin is past president of the North Carolina Association of Broadcasters and serves on the boards of United Way of Central Carolinas and the Metropolitan YMCA. She also established the John William Armstrong Jr. Endowment for Georgia State’s Communication department.
Lumpkin says she appreciates the life lessons she learned at Georgia State, as well as the support from professors who prepared her for success. Today, Lumpkin advises students to “find work you love and give it your best effort.”
Alicia Philipps (MBA ’82)
Alicia Philipp received her MBA from Georgia State after she began working with The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta. Today, Philipp is president of the organization, and has led community partners, nonprofits and donors for 37 years.
Since 1977, Philipps has strategically managed the growth of The Community Foundation from $7 million in assets to $755 million. She continues to strengthen the Atlanta region by supporting 23 counties and, in 2012, providing grants to 5,000 nonprofits and faith-based organizations locally, nationally and internationally. Although Philips was named one of the “100 Most Influential Atlantans” by the Atlanta Business Chronicle, her proudest achievement is seeing The Community Foundation continue to grow in size and significance to the Atlanta region. She believes charitable giving is critical to a strong community, and hopes “that every GSU graduate finds a career where they feel passionate about what they are doing and that they feel they are making a difference.”