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Albert, James named to head St. Joseph’s/Candler Board of Trustees

  • Bob James
  • John Albert

Savannah businessmen and community leaders John Albert and Robert “Bob” James have been named to the top two positions on the St. Joseph’s/Candler Board of Trustees.

Albert, a longtime leader with the health care system and trustee’s vice chairman, will move to chairman of the all-volunteer board.

James, president of Carver State Bank since 1971 and previously a member of the St. Joseph Hospital Foundation, will move to the vice chairman’s post.

The St. Joseph’s/Candler board of trustees guide the vision of the two-hospital health system.

Albert is a long-time leader within the system, initially joining the St. Joseph’s Hospital Board of Directors before the Joint Operating Agreement with Candler Hospital in 1997. His latest term on the board of trustees began in 2012.

Currently, Albert is president of JCA Consulting. He worked at Union Camp from 1974 until 1999, reaching the level of senior vice president of the Forest Resource Group.

In other community service, he is the chairman and founding board member of the Whitefield Foundation and Center. He has served as chairman of the James M. Piette Scholarship Committee, on the board of directors of Savannah Christian Preparatory School, and on the advisory board of Roger Wood Inc.

He earned his degree in marketing from Florida State University and an MBA in finance from the Harvard Business School.

He grew up in Atlanta and is married to Elizabeth Kaynor Albert of Coconut Grove, Fla. They have four children.

James joined the board of trustees in 2010.

In 1973 he revived the Savannah Tribune, one of the oldest black-owned newspapers in the nation, which is now owned by his wife Shirley.

He has or currently serves on the boards of the Savannah Economic Development Authority, Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce, United Way of the Coastal Empire and Step Up Savannah, Inc. He is a life member of the NAACP and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

James earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Morris Brown College in Atlanta and a MBA from Harvard University.

The James have three grown children.

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