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USGA elects Stu Francis as 66th president at Annual Meeting

February 29, 2020

On Saturday at the USGA’s Annual Meeting in Pinehurst, N.C., the organization elected J. Stuart Francis to be its 66th president.

Francis has been a member of the USGA’s Executive Committee for six years, and now he will helm that committee for a three-year term. The Executive Committee “serves as the policy-making board and provides strategic direction and oversight to the Association’s full-time staff, which is based in Liberty Corner, N.J.,” according to a USGA press release announcing the news.

Francis is a senior managing director of investment advisory firm Evercore, with a focus on Silicon Valley-based technological investments. He has also served as chairman of the USGA‘s Championship Committee for the last four years.

“The opportunity to serve the game that has given so much to me is truly a great honor,” Francis said in the press release. “I look forward to leading an exceptionally dedicated group of fellow Executive Committee members as we work in close alignment with CEO Mike Davis, USGA staff, volunteers and members to achieve our mission to champion and advance the game.”

Outgoing president Mark Newell was re-elected to a second one-year term at last year’s Annual Meeting in Texas. At the same meeting, Francis was named president-elect “to ensure committee leadership succession and continuity.”

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