Chick-fil-A vice president to speak in place of company founder

AUBURN – Don Perry, vice president of public relations for Chick-fil-A Inc., will be speaking at Auburn University in place of Chick-fil-A founder and chairman Truett Cathy, who has had to cancel due to illness.

Perry will present Cathy’s story at 3 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22, in the Student Center ballroom and will cover topics such as overcoming adversity, the power of perseverance and serving others. Cathy, whose national restaurant chain grew from modest beginnings to a business sensation, is noted for his philanthropic efforts and books authored on learning life lessons.

Perry joined Chick-fil-A in 1983 as public relations manager and is a 1974 graduate of the University of Georgia with a degree in public relations from its Grady College of Journalism. He is a recipient of the college’s John Holliman Jr. Alumni Award for Lifetime Achievement in Mass Media. He is a member of numerous professional associations, civic groups and editorial advisory boards.

The talk is part of Auburn’s King Week activities coordinated by Access and Community Initiatives, a unit of the Auburn University Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs. For more information on this year’s King Week, visit

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