Significant Contributions Made by Three Morehouse Alumni

President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate the following individual to key Administration posts:

  • Timothy Hyungrock Haahs – Member, Board of Directors of the National Institute of Building Sciences
  • Morton H. Halperin – Member, Board of Directors of the Millennium Challenge Corporation

The President also announced his intent to appoint the following individuals to key Administration posts:

  • David Christiani – Member, National Cancer Advisory Board
  • Judy E. Garber – Member, National Cancer Advisory Board
  • Liz Jaffee – Member, National Cancer Advisory Board
  • Beth Karlan – Member, National Cancer Advisory Board
  • Mack Roach III – Member, National Cancer Advisory Board
  • Charles Sawyers – Member, National Cancer Advisory Board

President Obama said, “I am grateful these accomplished men and women have agreed to join this Administration, and I’m confident they will serve ably in these important roles. I look forward to working with them in the coming months and years.”

Dr. Mack Roach III, Appointee for Member, National Cancer Advisory Board

Dr. Mack Roach III was appointed by President Obama to the National Cancer Advisory Board.

Dr. Mack Roach III currently serves as a Professor of Radiation Oncology and Urology at the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF), a position he has held since 2000.  In addition, Dr. Roach has served as the Chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology at UCSF since 2007.  His previous positions at UCSF’s Department of Radiation Oncology include Associate Professor in Residence from 1994 to 2000 and Assistant Professor in Residence from 1990 to 1994.  He served on the National Cancer Institute Board of Scientific Advisors and currently serves on the National Comprehensive Cancer Guidelines Committee for Prostate Cancer.  In 2008, he joined the Board of Directors for the California Division of the American Cancer Society.  Dr. Roach is a Fellow of the American College of Radiology.  He is a recipient of the American Cancer Society Career Development Award, the UCSF Health Net Wellness Award, and the First Community Service Award.  Dr. Roach received a B.S. from Morehouse College and an M.D. from Stanford University.

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Morehouse College Alumnus Ceasar Mitchell with his wife and two young children.

Morehouse College Alumnus Ceasar Mitchell with his wife and two young children.

Ceasar C. Mitchell serves as President of the Atlanta City Council. He presides at all Council meetings and votes in the case of a tie vote by the 15 council members, makes council committee appointments, and would exercise all powers as mayor should that office become vacant or the mayor becomes disabled.

Prior to being elected Council President, Mitchell served two terms as a Citywide Post 1 Councilmember from 2001 to 2009. As a public official, Mitchell advocates for safer communities through specific initiatives including police foot patrols. He has championed key legislation facilitating economic revitalization in underdeveloped areas by authoring measures to create 4 of the city’s 10 Tax Allocation Districts and supporting legislation for community input in the Beltline Project. In 2004, Mitchell stepped up his efforts to make Atlanta clean, green, safe and thriving by creating a Parks Advisory Group to provide recommendations for Atlanta to achieve and sustain a world-class parks and recreation system with a governance structure. Additionally, he created a Clean Green Team to provide technical assistance and resources to 22 community groups to improve their neighborhoods. He also led the charge to turn a dangerous unpaved road into the Cahaba Drive Walking Trail, a safe path for a southwest Atlanta neighborhood. Mitchell is actively committed to the education and enrichment of our city’s youth as reflected in Mitchell’s annual College Prep Series—a college admissions exam preparation program. More than 5,000 middle and high school students and their parents have participated since 2006.

Ceasar has been featured in Georgia Trend magazine as one of Georgia’s “40 under 40,” and Atlanta Magazine as a “Rising Star” in its Super Lawyers Edition. Recently, Ceasar was named one of Atlanta’s 100 most influential people. In 2003, he became the inaugural recipient of Leadership Atlanta’s “Rising Star Award,” and is a graduate of its 2005 class. He is also an alumnus of Outstanding Atlanta. In recognition of his community service, he has been honored by the Morehouse College Alumni Association and the UGA Black Law Students Association.

Mitchell is a native Atlantan, the son of an Atlanta Police Officer and Atlanta Public Schools Teacher, and a graduate of Benjamin E. Mays High School. He is an honor graduate of Morehouse College with dual majors in Economics and English. Mitchell earned his law degree from the University Of Georgia School Of Law where he served on the International Law Journal and won a national moot court championship in constitutional law. Ceasar and his wife, Dr. Tiffany Mitchell are the proud parents to their daughters, Canon and Czarya. They reside in the Historic West End community and attend Impact United Methodist Church.

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Atlanta-native John Oscar Boone, Sr., and the state of Massachusetts first Black Commissioner of Corrections has died at the age of 93

ATLANTA, GA. – He was the first African American appointed to head a major state prison system in the United States.

John O. Boone, '51

John O. Boone, ’51 Image: The Patch

He was credited for transforming the Massachusetts Prison System by pushing feverishly to ensure humane conditions for inmates and the availability of rehabilitation programs to keep the incarcerated of all races out of the system once they were released back into society.  John Oscar Boone, Sr., a pioneer in the American Correctional System and the brother of the late civil rights pioneer Joseph E. Boone, died late Friday in Atlanta surrounded by family and friends.

After graduating from Booker T. Washington High School in Atlanta, Mr. Boone joined the United States Army Air Forces of World War II. After the war, he returned to Atlanta and earned his bachelor’s degree from Atlanta’s Morehouse College in 1951 and later earned a master’s degree in social work from Atlanta University.

His leadership and guidance brought forth many innovative and progressive programs that are still in use today. Mr. Boone’s commitment and dedication have been recognized with over 200 awards and citations, including Man of the Year and Newsmaker of the Year by the Boston Globe.

John O. Boone, Sr. is survived by his devoted wife Alvia Alexander Boone, five children, sixteen grandchildren; his sister Lois  Montgomery (Otis); sister-in-law Alethea W. Boone; and brother-in-law Cowan Brooks.

Please read the entire notice on The Patch.

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