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Atlanta’s Gordon Smith Begins Two-Year Term on USTA Board

May 19, 2003 04:41 PM
Gordon Smith
The USTA today announced that Gordon Smith has been elected as Director at Large of the USTA Board of Directors. Smith will serve a two-year term from 2003-2004.

“Gordon was selected from a pool of strikingly talented and dedicated candidates for the Board,” said Alan Schwartz, USTA President and Chairman of the Board.

Smith replaces Kurt Kamperman, who vacated his position on the Board to become Chief Executive of Community Tennis for the USTA. Kamperman assumed his new role on May 1.

“I believe the USTA is poised to do great things for tennis and I am truly excited to join the Board,” Smith said.

Smith, who has most recently served as the President of the USTA Southern Section, also sits on the USTA Public Affairs Committee. He was Vice-Chair of the USTA’s Grievance Committee (2000-02) and served as Chair and Vice-Chair of the Constitution and Rules Committee (1997-2000).

With his USTA Board appointment, Smith has stepped down as President of the USTA Southern Section. Judi Miller, of Louisville, KY, will succeed Smith as President, effective immediately.

Smith has had a long-standing relationship with the USTA. Starting in 1992, Smith sat as chair of the USTA Southern Section’s Grievance and Constitution and Rules Committees. Then from 1995-2001 he served as Vice President of the USTA Southern Section. Prior to taking office as President of the USTA Southern Sectional this past January, Smith served as Executive Vice President of the Section. He has also served on the Board of Directors for the Georgia Tennis Foundation since 1999 and has served on the Board of Directors of the Southern Tennis Patrons Foundation since 1995.

Smith was a nationally ranked junior player in the Boys’ 18 singles and doubles. He captained the four-time SEC Champion University of Georgia men’s tennis team, graduating magna cum laude in 1975 with a Bachelor of Arts and Journalism degree. In 1978 Smith received his law degree from UGA and later became a Senior Partner with the law firm of King & Spaulding in Atlanta.

Since 1991 he has served as Volunteer Legal Council for the USTA Southern Section.

Smith was presented with the Jacobs Bowl award in 1996 by the USTA Southern Section for his outstanding volunteerism and tireless years of service and dedication to the sport of tennis.

Smith resides in Atlanta with his wife Jane and their 15-year-old son Gordon, Jr. The couple has two other children, Kimbell (22) and Fielding (24).

Founded in 1881, the United States Tennis Association (USTA) is the national governing body for the sport of tennis in this country. In addition to owning the US Open and selecting members of the Davis Cup, Fed Cup, Olympic and Paralympic teams, the USTA administers a variety of programs nationwide for players of all ages and ability levels. A not-for-profit organization, the association is divided into 17 sections, of which the USTA Southern Section is the largest. The 169,000 USTA members living in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee make up the USTA Southern Section, and account for approximately 25% of the total USTA membership. A professional staff housed in Norcross, GA carries out the USTA Southern Section’s daily operations, but policy is formed and much of the organization’s work is executed via a Board and committee structure of over 200 volunteers. For more information about the types of programs and services offered by the USTA Southern Section visit www.southerntennis.com.




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