United Distributors CEO and President Doug Hertz was named chair-elect of the board of Tulane University in June.

Doug Hertz has played a key role in keeping Tulane athletics in the top level of the NCAA.

Doug Hertz has played a key role in keeping Tulane athletics in the top level of the NCAA.

The Temple member’s three-year term will begin July 1, 2017. Hertz earned his undergraduate degree and master of business administration from Tulane and served 12 years on the Tulane board. His wife, Lila, also graduated from Tulane, as did their children.

“We are exceedingly fortunate to have Doug accept the role of chair-elect of the board,” current Chairman Darryl Berger said. “He is a renowned and very highly respected business, philanthropic and civic leader who has deep connections to Tulane and broad experience in higher education. Doug is the perfect choice to continue the university’s tremendous momentum in the years ahead.”

Hertz said he is flattered and humbled to be chosen as chair. “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.”

ORT Plans Service Day

ORT Atlanta is working with Jewish Family & Career Services’ Volunteers in Action and the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta’s Federation Under 40 group for a beautification project at Dobbs Elementary School in South Atlanta.

The project will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, July 31.

The plan is for several groups to work in different activities inside and outside the school to make it bright and welcoming for students, who return Aug. 3. After the work, participants are invited to go out for food and drinks nearby.

To get information or sign up, email atlanta@ortamerica.org, or call 404-327-5266.