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Duquesne Alumni Luncheon Speaker Has Strong Local Ties

Social scientist and Fulton County, Georgia Commissioner Nancy Boxill will deliver the keynote address at Duquesne University's annual Downtown Luncheon on Wednesday, March 26 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.

A 1969 graduate of Duquesne's McAnulty College of Liberal Arts, Boxill's grandfather was former Duquesne basketball star and Negro League baseball legend Cumberland Posey, and her grandmother was the first woman elected to the school board in nearby Homestead, Pa.

Having broken several barriers herself, Boxill has dedicated her life and career to helping others do the same. During her time as an undergraduate at Duquesne in the late 1960s, she was influenced by the events of the day and by the University's distinctive programs in existential phenomenology. After receiving her bachelor's degree in psychology, she earned a master's degree at the New School for Social Research in New York and a doctorate from Union Institute in Cincinnati.

Boxill spent 20 years practicing psychology and social work--among other things, managing YWCA shelters for homeless women and children in Atlanta. There, Boxill came to see how public policy decisions affect people's daily lives, a realization that eventually led her into government service.

In 1987, she was appointed by Georgia's governor to fill an unexpired term on the Fulton County Commission. Then, following in her grandmother's footsteps, she ran for--and won--a full term, becoming the first elected female commissioner--of any race--in the county's history. She has been repeatedly re-elected to her 6th District seat ever since.

During two decades in office, Boxill has focused on programs that help women and families overcome poverty and discrimination, tackling such issues as child care, family leave and affirmative action. She has encouraged qualified women and minorities to step forward for positions of leadership, appointing dozens to public boards and authorities. Boxill is active in volunteer service with such organizations as the National Black Arts Festival and the Atlanta Opera, and holds faculty positions at Union Institute and Atlanta's Emory University.

Boxill will share her insights on current issues and remembrances from her formative years at Duquesne at the annual Luncheon, which will be held at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. Registration opens at 11 a.m., with lunch served at noon. For information about individual reservations and corporate table sponsorships, call 412.396.6209 or visit www.alumni.duq.edu.

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