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IMPACT Presents: Terry Maple, Elizabeth S. Watts Professor Emeritus at Georgia Tech

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Wednesday, March 8



Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business

800 West Peachtree Street NW
Atlanta, GA 30308
LeCraw Auditorium


"Professor in the Zoo - Designing the Future for Wildlife in Human Care"

Terry Maple

Please join the Institute for Leadership and Entrepreneurship for a talk from Terry Maple, Elizabeth S. Watts Professor Emeritus at Georgia Tech.

Dr. Terry L. Maple is best known for his visionary leadership in revitalizing Atlanta’s city zoo after the most publicized scandal in the history of American zoos. Dr. Maple’s eighteen years of reform leadership re-branded Zoo Atlanta as a non-profit corporation and restored its credibility. Atlanta’s public-private partnership started a trend to privatization in the zoo industry. According to former Mayor Andrew Young, Zoo Atlanta is the most successful privatization in Georgia history.   

During Dr. Maple's tenure as CEO, Zoo Atlanta became recognized as one of the world's most innovative zoological parks. In 1987 and again in 2000, the zoo was honored by the Metropolitan Communities Foundation as Atlanta's "best-managed nonprofit corporation”. Upon his retirement from the zoo in 2003, he returned fulltime to an endowed chair at Georgia Tech. In 2008 he retired as Elizabeth Smithgall Watts Professor Emeritus, marking thirty years of service in the School of Psychology. Dr. Maple was granted a formal leave-of-absence from Georgia Tech to become the President/CEO of the Palm Beach Zoo.

An elected Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Association of Psychological Science, and a former President of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, Dr. Maple was named "Entrepreneur of the Year" in 1998 by the Atlanta Chapter of Stanford Business School Alumni. He received the 1999 “President’s Award” from the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau for his contributions to tourism in Georgia.

Dr. Maple and his wife Addie recently relocated to Amelia Island, Florida to be closer to his work in Jacksonville and their first grandbabies in Charleston, SC. As a Scholar-in-Residence, he will also teach and mentor graduate students in two departments at the University of North Florida. He continues an active schedule as a consultant to zoos, aquariums, and other non-profits.

Terry Maple will speak at Georgia Tech’s IMPACT Speaker Series on Wednesday, March 8, 2017.

About the Impact Speaker Series:

Since 2002, the IMPACT Speaker Series has brought highly successful business leaders from a variety of industries to campus to share their experiences and give advice to students and other entrepreneurs on topics ranging from "building a venture around intellectual capital" to "successful entrepreneurship in large organizations" and "socially responsible leadership." The weekly series provides Georgia Tech students, alumni and the Atlanta business community an opportunity to network and learn from successful entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and notable business and non-profit leaders. The lecture series is sponsored by the Institute for Leadership and Entrepreneurship.

The series is free and open to the public. Reservations are not required.