Lynn Swann, a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame who helped lead the Pittsburgh Steelers to four Super Bowl wins in the 1970s and 1980s, has been named the new Independent Director on the PGA of America Board of Directors.
Swann, who sits on the Board of Directors of several corporations and owns a marketing and consulting company, will be formally sworn in by delegates at the 97th PGA Annual Meeting, on Nov. 23, in San Diego. Swann replaces John Jacob, of Aventura, Fla., and will serve a three-year term.
"The PGA of America is very pleased to welcome Lynn Swann, one of America's most celebrated athletes, to the PGA Board of Directors," said PGA President Ted Bishop. "Lynn's legendary career of performing on a global stage extends to his expertise in business, where he has connected with leaders of organizations in this country. We believe that he brings that same invaluable insight and commitment to excellence as a member of the PGA Board of Directors."
A resident of Sewickley, Pa., Swann earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Southern California in 1974. He was an All-American for the Trojans, including the 1972 squad that went undefeated and won the national championship.
Swann was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1974 and was a major contributor to their dynasty. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2001.
"I am looking forward to the next three years of serving The PGA of America and the game of golf," said Swann, 61. "I came to the game late in life, but hope over the next three years to help the PGA bring golf to so many more people early in life."
Swann is on the board of Hershey Entertainment & Resorts, Caesar's Entertainment, Fluor Corporation and the National Football Foundation. He is a trustee for American Homes for Rent.
Swann is the president of Swann, Inc., a marketing and consulting company, and the Lynn Swann Group. He is also a co-owner of the Pittsburgh Power of the Arena Football League.
Since 1979, Swann has been the National Spokesman for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, serving on that board from the mid-1980s to 2011. Swann served as Chairman of the President's Council of Physical Fitness from 2002-2005, during the first administration of George W. Bush. In 2006, he ran for Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Swann and his wife, Charena, are the parents of two sons, Shafer and Braxton.
The PGA Board of Directors is composed of the Association's president, vice president, secretary, honorary president, and 17 directors. The directors, who each serve three-year terms, include representatives from each of The PGA's 14 districts, two Independent Directors and a member of the PGA Tour.
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