More than 250 students will participate in the ceremony at 9 a.m. at the James and Sis Brown Athletic Center on Reinhardt’s campus in Waleska.
“We try to provide good role models for the students with our commencement speakers at Reinhardt, and when we asked him, we knew that the attorney general certainly fills that role. We believe this year’s speaker will provide that for the students and for those in the audience,” said Jo Ellen Wilson, vice president for advancement and external affairs for the university.
Olens took office as Georgia’s 53rd attorney general in 2011.
He was chairman of the Cobb County Board of Commissioners from August 2002 to March 2010. Previously, he served as Cobb County District 3 Commissioner from 1999 to 2002.
From December 2004 to 2009, Olens was chairman of the Atlanta Regional Commission. He was also vice-chairman of the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District from 2005 to 2010.
Olens was appointed by Gov. Sonny Perdue to represent the 6th Congressional District on Georgia’s Department of Community Affairs Board in 2003 and served through 2010. He also serves on the boards of various non-profit organizations.
Olens is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the 2008 Tom Bradley Leadership Award by the National Association of Regional Councils and the 2007 “Excellence in Public Service Award” by the University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute. For the past eight years, Georgia Trend magazine has listed Olens as one of the “100 Most Influential Georgians.”
His other honors include the 2010 Trumpet Award from the Cobb County Women’s Republican Club, the 2009 James L. Rhoden Jr. Award for Visionary Philanthropy, the 2009 United Way in Cobb County Volunteer of the Year, and Cobb’s “Citizen of the Year” by the Marietta Daily Journal in 2006.
Olens graduated from the Emory University School of Law in 1983 and was a member of Ezor & Olens, P.C. from 1983 through 2010. He is a registered mediator/arbitrator with the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution. He has been admitted to practice law in both Georgia and the District of Columbia.
Olens and his wife, Lisa, have two children, Lauren and Jonathan.
For more information, contact Reinhardt at (770) 720-5526 or see the website at www.reinhardt.edu.