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Tucker to serve as Board of Regents chairman

LAWRENCEVILLE - The Board of Regents on Wednesday elected Richard Tucker to a one-year term as chairman, a news release states.

Tucker, a Suwanee resident who represents the Seventh Congressional District, will serve as the board's chairman from July 1 to June 30, 2009. Gov. Sonny Perdue appointed Tucker in January 2005, to the 18-member governing body for the University System of Georgia.

"I am extremely honored that the board has chosen me as its chairman," Tucker said in the news release. "My colleagues on the Board of Regents and I have a formidable task as we continue the outstanding progress of the University System of Georgia and face what are certain to be challenges and opportunities in the coming year. I look forward to working with Chancellor Erroll Davis to formulate and communicate goals and objectives for the next year."

Tucker is principal and managing partner of Arlington Capital, a real estate equity lending fund. He is also principal in other businesses involving investments, real estate development and retail, according to the news release.

The former president of the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce also serves as the chairman of the Gwinnett Convention and Visitors Bureau, chairman of the University System of Georgia Foundation and president of the 1818 Club. Tucker is also a charter member of the Georgia Gwinnett College Board of Trustees and serves on the boards of directors of the Brand Banking Company, Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful and the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce.

Tucker has been recognized four times by Georgia Trend magazine as one of Georgia's 100 Most Influential Leaders. In 2003, he was honored by the Council for Quality Growth with the Button Gwinnett Award.