James Shepherd

June 17, 2010

Chairman, Shepherd Center, Inc.

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Biography

James H. Shepherd, Jr., is the current Chairman of the Board of Directors of Shepherd Center, the country’s largest catastrophic care hospital, specializing in the treatment of people with spinal cord injuries, acquired brain injuries, multiple sclerosis and other neurological disorders, and urological problems.

Currently, James divides his time between Shepherd Center and other family businesses. He is Chairman/CEO and Treasurer of Plant Improvement Company and Vice President of Shepherd Construction Company, Inc. He remains actively involved on a national scale, advocating for people with disabilities.

A native of Atlanta, Shepherd graduated from the Westminster Schools and then University of Georgia, with a BBA degree in 1973. It was his near-fatal bodysurfing accident, which led to the founding of Shepherd Center two years later.

James has served as a Director of the National Rehabilitation Awareness Foundation. He has served on the Board of Directors of Georgia Institute of Technology’s Center for Rehabilitation Technology, and the Governor’s Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Trust Fund Authority. James has also serves on the Steering Committee for the First Presbyterian Church, which led the Interfaith Conference on Disability Awareness. He was a Board Member of Initiative 2000, a celebration of the 10th anniversary of ADA and a member of the 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Organizing Committee. He volunteered on the accessibility advisory committees of MARTA (Metropolitan Atlanta Rail & Transit Authority), the City of Atlanta Airport, the World Congress Center and the Georgia Dome.

Charitable, Civic and Professional Organizations

  • Chairman, Board of Directors, Shepherd Center (1975 – present)
  • Board Member, Initiative 2000, a celebration of the 10th anniversary of ADA (1997 – 2000)
  • The Georgia Conference on Handicapped Individuals (1975 – 1976)
  • Delegate - The White House Conference on Handicapped Individuals (1975–77)
  • Advisory Board - The Emory University Rehabilitation, Research and Training Center (1978 – 1983)
  • Board of Directors - Goodwill Industries of Atlanta (1980–1982)
  • Advisory Committee - Atlanta Regional Commission’s Disability Task Force (1979–83)
  • Board of Directors - Athens, Georgia Center for Independent Living (1978–1982)
  • Chairman (1981 – 82) Board of Directors (1981 – 1989) - The Center for Rehabilitation Technology, The Georgia Institute of Technology Steering Committee, The Georgia Developmental Disabilities Council’s "High Technology for the Handicapped Conference"
  • Young President’s Organization - Rebel Chapter (1986 – 2001)
  • World President’s Organization (2001 – present)
  • CHI PHI Fraternity, ETA Chapter, University of Georgia
  • Georgia Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities (1986 – 1991)
  • Georgia State Health Planning and Development Agency’s Task Force on Rehabilitation Services (1982 – 1986)
  • Board of Directors - Atlanta Paralympic Organizing Committee (1990 – 1996)
  • Steering Committee for the First Presbyterian Church led Interfaith Conference on Disability Awareness (1994 – present)
  • Disability Awareness Committee at First Presbyterian Church (1990 – present)
  • Board of Directors, Little Hill Foundation (1995 – 2001)
  • Advisory Board - Broyhill AllWeather Fund, Hickory, NC (1998 – 2000)
  • Georgia Governor’s Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Trust Fund Authority (1999 – 2001)
  • Board of Directors - Allied Health Services "National Rehabilitation Awareness Foundation" (1999 – 2003)
  • Steering Committee - The Georgia Developmental Disabilities Council’s "High Technology for the Handicapped Conference" (1988 – 91)
  • Board of Directors - Athens, Georgia Center for Independent Living (1978 – 1981)
  • Board of Directors - Goodwill Industries of Atlanta (1980 – 82)
  • UGA Terry School of Business Alumni board (2004 – )
  • Buckhead Coalition Member (2007 – )
  • Rotary Club of Atlanta

Disability Rights / ADA

  • The Georgia Conference on Handicapped Individuals
  • Delegate - The White House Conference on Handicapped Individuals
  • Advisory Committee - Atlanta Regional Commission’s Disability Task Force (1979 – 83)
  • Georgia Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities (1988 – 1991)
  • Accessibility Advisory Committee - MARTA (Metropolitan Atlanta Rail & Transit Authority)
  • Accessibility Advisory Committee, City of Atlanta Airport
  • Chairman, Accessibility Task Force, World Congress Center and Georgia Dome

Awards / Honors

  • National Rehabilitation Awareness Foundation, The John Heinz Memorial Award (1997)
  • The U.S. Jaycees "Ten Outstanding Young Men" in America (1985)
  • Jaycees International "The Outstanding Young Persons of the World" (1985)
  • Brain Injury Association of Georgia, "Big Thinker Award" (2001)
  • Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia, "Distinguished Alumnus Award" (2002)
  • Distinguished Alumnus 2004 - The Westminster Schools
  • Chi Phi Fraternity 2004 "Walter Cronkite" Award Recipient
  • Georgia Hospital Association - "Hospital Heroes" (2006)
  • Bobby Dodd Institute - Circle of Excellence Award (2007)
  • American Association of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation - Distinguished Service Award (2007)
  • Invited to attend White House signing of the Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Act (2009)