Columbus State to Graduate One of Its Largest Classes Ever

Dan AmosCOLUMBUS, Ga. — Dan Amos, Aflac chairman and CEO, will receive an honorary doctorate, and Columbus State University will graduate one of its largest classes ever at its spring commencement ceremony at 6:30 p.m. Monday, May 6 in the Columbus Civic Center. 

CSU expects to award 769 degrees (240 graduate, 503 undergraduate and 26 summer candidates) that evening. The commencement speaker will be Dink NeSmith, chairman of the state Board of Regents for the University System of Georgia.

"This year's graduating class is indicative of a lot of hard work and sacrifices made this year," CSU President Tim Mescon said. "The size of the class speaks to our growth as a university and our commitment to produce more outstanding students who are able to thrive in a highly competitive workforce."

During Amos' tenure as CEO since 1990, revenues at Aflac have grown from $2.7 billion to $25.4 billion as of Dec. 31, 2012. Amos also is responsible for launching the company's national advertising program featuring the popular Aflac duck.

Aflac has been named by Fortune magazine as one of America's Most Admired Companies for an 11th time. Aflac is also the only insurance company to appear for 15 consecutive years on Fortune's list of the "100 Best Companies to Work For" and on Ethisphere magazine's annual list of the "World's Most Ethical Companies" for six consecutive years.Dink NeSmith

NeSmith, 62, is co-owner and president of Athens-based Community Newspapers, Inc., publisher of more than 30 newspapers in Georgia, Florida and North Carolina. He is currently chairman of the Richard B. Russell Foundation, an emeritus trustee of the University of Georgia Foundation and an emeritus member of UGA's Athletic Association board of directors.

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Photos: Dan Amos, top; Dink NeSmith