David Ratcliffe and David Satcher Join CDC Foundation Board of Directors
ATLANTA – David Ratcliffe, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Southern Company, and David Satcher, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Satcher Health Leadership Institute and the Center of Excellence on Health Disparities as well as Poussaint-Satcher-Cosby Chair in Mental Health at Morehouse School of Medicine and former Surgeon General of the United States, have been elected to serve a five-year term on the board of directors of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Foundation.
David Ratcliffe has held the title of chairman, president and CEO of Southern Company, one of America's largest producers of electricity, since 2004. From 1999-2003, he was CEO of Georgia Power. He has worked with Southern Company and its subsidiaries since 1971. In addition to the CDC Foundation, Ratcliffe is on the board of the Edison Electric Institute, the Nuclear Energy Institute, the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations and CSX Transportation. He received a bachelor's degree in biology from Valdosta State University, a law degree from Woodrow Wilson College of Law and is a member of the Georgia Bar Association.
Dr. David Satcher completed a four-year term as the 16th Surgeon General of the United States in 2002. He served as assistant secretary for health in the Department of Health and Human Services (1998-2001) and director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (1993-98). Dr. Satcher is currently the director of the Satcher Health Leadership Institute and the Center of Excellence on Health Disparities as well as the Poussaint-Satcher-Cosby Chair in Mental Health at Morehouse School of Medicine. Dr. Satcher has received more than 40 honorary degrees and awards. In 2009, he accepted the TRUST Award from the Health Research & Educational Trust, honoring his leadership in improving healthcare quality and rebuilding trust within America's healthcare system, and the Albert Schweitzer Award for Humanitarianism from the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship.
"David Ratcliffe and David Satcher bring an unparalleled level of knowledge and experience to the CDC Foundation," says Phil Jacobs, board chair, CDC Foundation. "At the top of their respective fields, their expertise will help us forge strategic partnerships enabling us to 'do more, faster' to improve the health of people around the world."
Established by Congress, the CDC Foundation helps CDC do more, faster, by forging effective partnerships between CDC and corporations, foundations, organizations and individuals to fight threats to health and safety. The Foundation currently manages approximately 200 programs in the United States and in countries around the world. Each of our programs involves a talented team of experts at CDC and at least one outside funding partner.