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President Bush nominates Georgia Southern University alumnus to SEC

President George W. Bush recently nominated Georgia Southern University alumnus and well-known Atlanta attorney Luis Aguilar, 54, to fill one of two open seats on the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Aguilar graduated from Georgia Southern in 1976 with a bachelor of science degree in political science. He is a partner in the Atlanta office of the McKenna, Long & Aldridge law firm. If confirmed, he would fill a term that expires in June 2010.

Aguilar is a former staff attorney at the SEC. Atlanta Magazine named him one of the most influential foreign-born Atlantans, and in 2006, Hispanic Business Magazine called him one of the “100 Influential Hispanics” in the United States. In 2005, he was named “Member of the Year” by the Georgia Hispanic Chamber for his contributions to economic development in the Hispanic community, as well as for his community and charitable efforts.

Aguilar, a native of Cuba, has been active in the Latin American Association in Atlanta and Hispanic National Bar Association. He served at least seven years on the board of the nonprofit Latin American Association, and was chairman from 2005 to 2007.

After graduating from Georgia Southern, Aguilar earned a law degree at the University of Georgia. He also holds a master of laws degree in taxation from Emory University.

Georgia Southern University, a Carnegie Doctoral/Research University, offers more than 120 degree programs serving nearly 17,000 students. Through eight colleges, the University offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs built on more than a century of academic achievement. The University, one of Georgia’s largest, is a top choice of Georgia’s HOPE scholars and is recognized for its student-centered approach to education. Visit:

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