Atlanta Fed Names Chairman and Deputy Chairman for 2001

For immediate release Sept. 28, 2000

John Wieland, chief executive officer and chairman of John Wieland Homes and Neighborhoods Inc., has been reappointed to a third term as chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta's board of directors. Paula Lovell, president of Lovell Communications Inc., has been appointed to a second three-year term on the Atlanta Fed's board and reappointed as deputy chairman, her third consecutive term in this position. Their terms as chairman and deputy chairman begin Jan. 1, 2001, and run through Dec. 31, 2001.

Wieland founded John Wieland Homes and Neighborhoods Inc., based in Atlanta, in 1970. The company now has more than 900 employees in offices throughout the Southeast. In 1994 Wieland was named National Builder of the Year by Professional Builders magazine, and his company received the National Housing Quality Award in 1995. Wieland was appointed to the board of the Atlanta Fed in 1997 and served as deputy chairman in 1998. He was first appointed chairman for 1999 and was reappointed to that position for 2000 and 2001.

Wieland is chairman of the advisory council for the Emory University Center for Ethics in Public Policy and the Professions. In addition to other appointments and affiliations, he serves as a trustee of Atlanta's Woodruff Arts Center and as a director and past chairman of the High Museum of Art.

Lovell founded Lovell Communications Inc. of Nashville, Tenn., in 1988 after working in the communications field as a publicist, a feature writer for the Nashville Banner, and a television producer and writer. Lovell was named to the board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta in 1998. Her new term runs from Jan. 1, 2001, to Dec. 31, 2003. She was named deputy chairman for 1999 prior to being reappointed for 2000 and 2001. Previously, Lovell served as a member of the board of directors of the Atlanta Fed's Nashville Branch.

Lovell has served on many community and civic boards, including the executive committees of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, the Nashville Ballet and the Middle Tennessee Boy Scouts Council. She is a member of the International Women's Forum, the Nashville Rotary Club and many professional organizations.

Each of the nation's 12 Federal Reserve Banks has a nine-member board of directors. Three Class A directors represent national and state-chartered banks that are members of the Federal Reserve System. Three Class B directors are elected by these banks but represent commerce, industry, agriculture, labor and consumers. Three Class C directors represent the same broad array of public interests but are appointed by the Board of Governors in Washington, D.C.

The board of directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta oversees the management of the bank's operations and recommends changes in the discount rate. Board members also contribute to the formulation of U.S. monetary policy through the economic information they provide the bank's president.


Contact: Jean Tate 404-498-8035