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Davidson Graduate Paul Leonard Elected To Chair Habitat For Humanity International Board Of Directors

November 7, 2001
Contact: Bill Giduz 704/894-2244 or bigiduz@davidson.edu

Paul Leonard
Paul Leonard

Americus, Ga.--The all-volunteer board of directors of the world's largest nonprofit home builder has selected its new leader, Davidson graduate Paul Leonard of North Carolina, a veteran of the campaign to provide affordable, adequate housing for families in need.

"Paul Leonard has been serving God by helping build homes and hope for many years," said Millard Fuller, founder and president of Habitat for Humanity International. "As chairman of our International Board of Directors, he will lead this ministry toward the total elimination of poverty housing worldwide."

As a member of the HFHI board, Leonard has led its Strategic Planning Committee and its committee overseeing house-building programs throughout North America. For the past several years he has been president of the board of Our Towns of Lake Norman Habitat for Humanity, which serves Huntersville, Cornelius, Davidson, and Mooresville. A retired executive vice president of the Centex Real Estate Corp., Leonard is a 1962 graduate of Davidson College and holds a master's degree in business administration.

"It has been a rich blessing to serve as a member of Habitat boards at both the local and international level and to witness God's work," Leonard said. He promised his fellow board members, "I will devote the majority of my time to working with each of you, the staff and Millard in praying for and carrying forward this amazing ministry."

Leonard will serve a two-year term as chair. Members of the HFHI board receive no compensation for their voluntary service.

Celebrating its 25th Anniversary year, Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry dedicated to eliminating poverty housing. Founded by Millard Fuller, along with his wife, Linda, Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliates in more than 2,000 communities in 83 nations have built and sold more than 100,000 homes to partner families with no-profit, zero-interest mortgages.

Davidson is a highly selective independent liberal arts college for 1,600 students. Since its establishment in 1837, the college has graduated 23 Rhodes Scholars and is consistently ranked among the top liberal arts colleges in the country by U.S. News and World Report magazine. Davidson is currently engaged in "Let Learning Be Cherished," a $250 million campaign in support of student financial assistance, academic resources, and community life.

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