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Alumnae, Former Mercer Trustees Adams and Grace
Honored as “Women of Achievement”

May 24, 2010

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Mark Vanderhoek
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Former Mercer University trustees Nancy Grace and Cathy Callaway Adams were honored as YWCA “Women of Achievement” during a May 19 luncheon in Atlanta.

Grace, who earned her undergraduate and law degrees from Mercer, was honored as the organization’s 2010 “Woman of Achievement,” and Adams, a graduate of Tift College, was named as one of 10 members of the 2010 Academy of Women Achievers. Both women recently completed five-year terms on the Mercer Board of Trustees.

For more than 25 years, the YWCA has honored Atlanta’s premier female role models through the Academy of Women Achievers. Each year, 10 women are nominated by their peers into the Academy and are recognized at the annual Salute to Women of Achievement luncheon in May. These women represent what every young girl hopes she can and will become with opportunity and support. The Academy of Women Achievers is the first major program to recognize the professional and civic accomplishments of Atlanta’s women. Members of the Academy include Jane Fonda, Mayor Shirley Franklin, Monica Kaufman, Gladys Knight and Rosalynn Carter.

Grace hosts cable news’ only legal analysis program, “Nancy Grace,” which is the highest-rated show on HLN. One of television's most respected legal analysts, Grace came to HLN from Court TV, where she hosted the live daily trial coverage program, Closing Arguments, until 2007. She also has appeared as a legal commentator on CNN’s Larry King Live, ABC’s The View, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Dr. Phil, and numerous other cable and network programs. She is based in CNN’s New York bureau.

Adams serves as executive vice president and chief administrative officer for the Atlanta-based Federal Home Loan Bank, where she oversees the bank’s information technology, human resources, and administrative services functions. Adams joined the Bank in 1986, and she has held several high-level bank positions including senior vice president of staff services, group vice president of human resources and administrative services, and vice president and director of human resources.