Prominent Atlanta Attorney, Charlie Shaffer, Joins The Marcus Institute As CEO

June 5, 2003
Shaffer possessed the leadership abilities to keep the original vision, mission and values of the Marcus Institute embedded in the culture

ATLANTA, June 5, 2003- The Marcus Institute, a comprehensive resource center for children with developmental disabilities and severe and challenging behaviors, today announced Charlie M. Shaffer, Jr. has been named president and chief executive officer, effective in August.

"This is a significant moment in time for the Marcus Institute," said Bernie Marcus, founder of the Marcus Institute. "We explored many options to find a viable candidate, and it was no easy task with the high-level of candidates we evaluated. In the end, we found Charlie Shaffer possessed the leadership abilities to keep the original vision, mission and values of the Marcus Institute embedded in the culture. It will be great to have a president and CEO from our own backyard."

The Marcus Institute is a charitable, not-for-profit 501(C) 3 community based center. Its mission is to provide information, services and programs to people with developmental disabilities, severe and challenging behaviors and their families. The foremost goal is to rally support and spearhead unified advocacy for these individuals so they can experience a greater quality of life and participate as fully as possible in family, school, and community life.

Shaffer, a senior partner at the Atlanta-based law firm of King & Spalding, is well-known throughout Atlanta, having participated in many different civic endeavors, beyond his 36 years as a trial lawyer with the firm. He was one of the Original Nine who played a prominent role in promoting Atlanta's bid to host the 1996 Summer Olympic Games.

Shaffer is the National Co-Chair of a major $1.8 billion capital campaign now taking place for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Shaffer was instrumental in Atlanta securing the 2000 Super Bowl and the 2007 NCAA Final Four tournament, and also served as president of the Atlanta Bar Association in 1980-81. Last week at the Annual Meeting of the Atlanta Bar Association, Shaffer received the prestigious Charles E. Watkins, Jr. Award for distinguished and sustained service to the Atlanta Bar Association.

"I am anxious to begin this new chapter in my life," Shaffer said. "Having become familiar with the great things the Marcus Institute does for children and knowing the commitment Bernie Marcus has made to the Institute, I am excited about taking on this new responsibility at this time in my career."

In his new role as President and CEO, Shaffer will concentrate on further developing the community's awareness of the Institute, expanding the Board of Directors to include additional corporate and community leaders and guiding the Institute through an expansion of its services and programs. The Marcus Institute had its beginnings as the Marcus Developmental Resource Center at Emory University in 1990 as a result of a generous donation to the Children's Research Center in the Department of Pediatrics by Bernie and Billi Marcus. Through the encouragement and financial support of the Marcus family, Marcus Institute has become a nationally recognized center for excellence for the provision of coordinated and comprehensive services for children and adolescents with developmental disabilities, severe and challenging behaviors and their families.

Marcus Institute provides multidisciplinary care to children with developmental disabilities, severe and challenging behaviors and their families. The Marcus Institute provides diagnostic and evaluation services and therapy for ADHD/LD, Autism/PDD, Behavioral Disorders, MR/DD, Developmental Delays, Cerebral Palsy/ Spina Bifida, High Risk Infants, Genetic Syndromes, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, and Feeding Disorders.

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