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Alex Gregory to receive Order of the Rising Sun from Japanese government

Georgia College’s inaugural Leader in Residence Alex Gregory, ’78, ’79, will receive one of the highest honors given by the Japanese government.

The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette will be conferred upon Gregory, who is the former chairman and CEO of YKK Corporation of America, and former chairman and chairman emeritus of the Japan America Society of Georgia. He is also currently the Leader in Residence at Georgia College and a member of the Georgia College Board of Trustees.

“Alex Gregory is truly deserving of this distinction, and Georgia College is deeply grateful for his continued service to the university,” said Dr. Steve Dorman, president of Georgia College. “We are honored that Mr. Gregory can mentor our students by being our first Leader in Residence, and I know that his experience and leadership style will continue to inspire our students.”

On Nov. 3, 2018, the Government of Japan announced the foreign recipients of the 2018 Autumn Imperial Decorations. Gregory is among the 135 foreign recipients. According to a press release, “he is being recognized for his contributions promoting mutual exchange and friendly relations between Japan and the United States.”

See the attached press release from The Consulate General of Japan in Atlanta for additional information.

Brittiny Johnson
Director of Public Affairs
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