'Flattered and humbled’: Doug Hertz named Tulane board’s chairman-elect _lowres

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- Doug Hertz at the news conference announcing Troy Dannen's appointment to director of athletics at Tulane University in New Orleans on Friday, Dec. 4, 2015.

A new face will be leading the board that oversees Tulane University.

Atlanta businessman Doug Hertz, a longtime board member, was named its chairman-elect following a vote of the board Friday in New York. He will succeed local businessman Darryl Berger in 2017.

“I am terribly excited about working with Doug in his new capacity,” Tulane President Mike Fitts said. “He has been deeply committed to Tulane for many years, chairing critical committees that have helped shape the modern university.”

He said Hertz “is also a nationally recognized business and nonprofit leader, who has chaired the boards in Atlanta of a major pediatric health care system and the city’s performing arts center. Institutions for which he has assumed leadership responsibilities have all benefited enormously from his wisdom and energy. I very much look forward to his leadership at Tulane.”

Hertz earned his undergraduate and MBA degrees at Tulane in the 1970s.

As the president and CEO of United Distributors, the leading liquor distributing company in Georgia, Hertz has served on a myriad of nonprofit enterprises throughout that state.

“I’m flattered and humbled to be asked to lead the board of Tulane,” Hertz said Saturday. “I’ve been fortunate to have the opportunity to lead both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations, but there can be no greater honor than to be asked to lead one’s alma mater.”

He was recently named one of the 50 most influential people in the region by Atlanta Magazine.

His prominent roles include founding Camp Twin Lakes, an outdoor camp for people with a variety of special needs, in 1989.

“It’s been terrific,” Hertz said in 2012. “I’m incredibly proud of what happened and how many people helped me get that started. We served 800 kids the first year. Now we are open 48 weeks a year and are serving nearly 9,000 people at three separate facilities.”

In Atlanta, Hertz served as chairman of the Woodruff Arts Center board and is a minority owner of the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons.

At Tulane, Hertz gained prominence as chairman of the board’s athletic committee. His leading donation allowed construction of the Hertz Center, which opened in 2010 to house practice facilities and offices for the men’s and women’s basketball programs, as well as volleyball.

“We hope that it will prove to be a springboard for a complete renaissance for all of Tulane athletics,” Hertz said at the facility’s opening.

After former Athletics Director Rick Dickson’s retirement last summer, Hertz led the committee that selected Troy Dannen to lead the Green Wave athletic programs.

He has served on the Tulane board since 2000.

In addition, he’s served as chairman of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, the largest pediatric health care system in the country. He sits on the boards of Atlantic Capital Bank, the Georgia Research Alliance, the Mother Nature Network and the Westminster Schools.

Hertz serves as a trustee for the Marcus Foundation, the Holly Lane Foundation and the East Lake Community Foundation and is a member of the Metro Atlanta Chamber’s executive committee and the Commerce Club.