Term of Award
Doctor of Letters
Institution Issuing the Honorary Degree
Georgia Southern University
Brief Biography of Degree Recipient
Hala Moddelmog, a graduate of the University of Georgia and Georgia Southern University, was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from Georgia Southern University in the Spring of 2018. Born in Hartwell, Georgia in 1956, she received degrees in English, Journalism and Mass Communication as well as Executive Education at Harvard University and the Kellogg School of Management.
Moddelmog has had many successes in her president and CEO roles, including becoming the first female president and CEO of the Metro Atlanta Chamber. That, however, is not her only first. She became the first female president of a quick service restaurant in 1996, leading Church’s Chicken to record profit growth. Moddelmog began her career at Arby’s and then BellSouth before landing at Church’s where she has created the Professional Mentoring Program to encourage female franchisees and pair them up with mentors.
Moddelmog has also had successes in more philanthropic endeavors as well. In 2006, she was named the president and CEO of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, an organization dedicated to the prevention and cure of breast cancer, of which she herself is a survivor. Other nonprofits that benefit from her nearly twenty years of experience include PBS, the Woodruff Arts Center, The Alliance Theatre and Georgia Tech’s Scheller College of Business. Moddelmog also participates in building homes for Habitat for Humanity.
Georgia Southern University, Honorary Degree, Doctor of Letters
Georgia Southern University, "Hala Moddelmog" (2018). Georgia Southern Honorary Degrees. 4.
More information about Hala Moddelmog can be found at the Philanthropy News Digest, the Atlanta Journal Constitution, LinkedIn and her feature in UGA Alumni.
Photo Courtesy of the Atlanta Metro Chamber.