UNC Greensboro trustee and alumna Mae Douglas received the ATHENA Award at the annual Greensboro Chamber of Commerce luncheon, held Wednesday, Jan. 22, at the Koury Convention Center in Greensboro.
The ATHENA Award is presented annually to a woman who embodies professional excellence and community service and who actively assists other women in their attainment of their own professional excellence and leadership skills.
“Mae Douglas exemplifies what it means to be a Spartan. Her professional success, commitment to service, and passion for her community make her a great role model for our students,” said UNCG Chancellor Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr. “We’re proud to claim Mae as an alumna and as a trustee, and we look forward to the impact she will continue to have on our campus and in our city.”
Douglas is a native of Greensboro and holds a bachelor of arts in sociology from UNCG. She is an esteemed community leader, philanthropist, and the former executive vice president and chief people officer at Cox Communications in Atlanta. After her retirement and relocation back to Greensboro, she has focused on community service.
In addition to serving on the UNCG Board of Trustees, her volunteerism has included service on the following nonprofit boards: United Way of Greater Greensboro, Cone Health Board of Trustees, Cone Foundation Board, Gateway Research Park, Guilford Child Development, NCCJ (National Conference for Community and Justice), YMCA, Friends of the Library at UNCG, and an Advisory Committee of the Community Foundation to expand philanthropy among communities of color. Her personal philanthropy is focused on the most vulnerable in our community to ensure they have access to employment, education, and health care.