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Ralph Smith Featured Speaker at Association of American Rhodes Scholars Reception
June 18, 2014

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Ralph H. Smith, II was a featured speaker at a reception honoring American Rhodes Scholars held in Oxford, England, on June 1, 2014. The reception, attended by approximately 70 current Rhodes Scholars and officials from the University of Oxford, was hosted by the Association of American Rhodes Scholars at Eastman House in Oxford, which serves as the home of visiting Eastman Professors during their year of residency in Oxford. Mr. Smith serves as an officer and director of the Association of American Rhodes Scholars as well as Administrator of the Eastman Trust, a fund established in the 1920s by George Eastman, founder of the Eastman Kodak Company.

About Ralph Smith and the Ralph Smith Group
Ralph Smith, CEO of The Ralph Smith Group and special counsel at Jones Walker LLP, served for almost a decade as General Counsel and a Member of the Chancellor's Senior Policy Staff at The University of Alabama System, where he also taught and advised on international initiatives. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Association of American Rhodes Scholars and is responsible for the Rhodes Scholarship selection process in Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, and Louisiana. A corporate and business transactions lawyer by training, Mr. Smith attended Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar from 1973-1976 and helped launch in 2012 the Global Innovation Alliance to promote scientific innovation and economic development. He was appointed by Queen Elizabeth II in 2013 to the Order of St. John, an Order of Chivalry of the British Crown with historical roots in the 11th century Knights Hospitaller and Knights of Malta.

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