2017 Television Commercial


Presiding Justice Harold D. Melton

Class of 1988
Current Position: Supreme Court of Georgia
Resides In: Atlanta, Georgia

“While you’re here you want to grow academically, you want to grow socially and you want to grow spiritually.”


Harold D. Melton was appointed to the Georgia Supreme Court by Gov. Sonny Perdue in 2005 and was sworn in as presiding justice Jan. 6, 2017, by Gov. Nathan Deal. Prior to joining the court, Melton served as executive counsel to Gov. Perdue, representing the governor on legal issues covering the entire scope of state government. Melton helped safeguard Georgia’s interests in water rights disputes and he actively participated in administration efforts to advance the delivery of criminal justice services in the state. Before serving as executive counsel, he spent 11 years in the Georgia Department of Law under two attorneys general where he dealt with issues ranging from the creation of the Georgia Lottery Corporation to the administration of Georgia’s tobacco settlement. Prior to leaving to join the governor’s office, he served as section leader over the Consumer Interests Division.

Melton, who was elected Auburn’s first African American SGA president in 1987, earned his Bachelor of Science degree in international business in 1988. He then earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Georgia in 1991. He previously served as a volunteer leader of Young Life Ministries for 11 years and currently serves on a local Young Life Board and on the national board. He is also a board member of Atlanta Youth Academies. A native of Washington, D.C., Melton grew up in East Point and Marietta, Georgia. He currently resides in Atlanta with his wife, Kimberly, and their three children.


Harold Melton poses for a photograph.
A black and white photo of Melton during his time at Auburn.
Harold Melton sits as he poses for a photograph.
Last updated: 09/01/2017