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J. Michael Aycock Leadership Development Fund

Purpose of the Fund: This fund supports leadership opportunities and increases the leadership potential for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender undergraduate students. Leadership opportunities can include but are not limited to attendance/participation in: LGBT Leadership retreats; LGBT Leadership programs; National, regional or state LGBT conferences; and LGBT Networking events.

Apply for Funding: Requests for funding are accepted on an ongoing basis. Applicants must submit a letter of intent (maximum 1 page) to the Director of the Office of LGBT Life. Click here for the application materials.

Michael Aycock and Barry BakerAbout Michael Aycock: Michael Aycock, 66Ox 69C 82G, is an Emory Alumnus and Emeritus Associate Dean of the School of Medicine. He has served on many university and community boards and committees including The Emory Vaccine Center Advisory Board, Emory Office of LGBT Life Advisory Committee, Atlanta Executive Network, Atlanta History Center Gay & Lesbian Advisory Committee and the Board of Directors of Helping Hands of Atlanta.  He is a member of the Planning Committee of the Emory Gay & Lesbian Alumni Association.  He and his partner, Dr. Barry Baker, 80MR 09B, reside in Atlanta.

The J. Michael Aycock Leadership Development Fund was endowed by an Emory alumnus, John N. Lilly 74C, to demonstrate his appreciation for his mentor, Michael Aycock.  After graduating from Emory, Mr. Lilly received his MBA from Harvard and is the President of John Lilly Strategic Insights, LLC. His firm provides advisory services primarily to Private Equity funds and Investment Banks. He was an executive with Procter and Gamble where he ultimately had managerial responsibility for P&G’s Europe, Middle East and Africa Division.  Later, he joined The Pillsbury Company in Minneapolis, first as President of Pillsbury North America and then as CEO for The Pillsbury Company worldwide.  Mr. Lilly is a Trustee of the National Public Radio Foundation.