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George D. Johnson III Joins W&L Board of Trustees

— by on October 7th, 2016

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George D. “Geordy” Johnson III, CEO of Johnson Development Associates Inc., Spartanburg, South Carolina, joined the Washington and Lee University Board of Trustees on Oct. 7, 2016. Johnson, a 2005 graduate of W&L, also holds an M.B.A. from UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School.

During graduate school, Johnson interned with BlackRock on its securitized assets investments team. He began his career as an investment-banking analyst at Wachovia Securities. Prior to joining Johnson Management in 2008, he worked for the Black Creek Group in Denver and Mexico City. He also served as manager of investment services at AvalonBay Communities Inc. He returned to Johnson Management in 2014 and became CEO of Johnson Development in 2015.

While a student at W&L, Johnson co-chaired the Adopt-A-Classroom Literacy Campaign and belonged to the South Carolina delegation for the 2004 Mock Convention and to the Phi Delta Theta social fraternity.  As a volunteer for his alma mater, he has served as a class agent, co-chaired his reunion committee, and sat on the campaign cabinet for Honor Our Past, Build Our Future: The Campaign for Washington and Lee. He belongs to the Young Alumni Council of the Williams School of Commerce, Economics and Politics, and served on the steering committee of W&L’s inaugural Real Estate Forum.

Johnson serves on the advisory board for the Wood Center for Real Estate Development at the Kenan-Flagler Business School and belongs to the Real Estate Roundtable. Johnson and his wife, Carter, live in Spartanburg.