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Spring CommencementThe largest class in Berry history – 425 strong – celebrated the past and looked to the future during spring commencement exercises in the Cage Center. Roxanne Spillett, former president of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and newly appointed member of the Berry College Board of Trustees, addressed the graduates and their families, who gathered indoors due to inclement weather in the area. The student speaker was Josh Hughes, a chemistry major and aspiring professional soccer player who graduated with a 4.0 GPA. The ceremony featured the presentation of two faculty honors, the Mary S. and Samuel Poe Carden Award for Outstanding Teaching, Scholarship and Service to Associate Professor of History Matthew Stanard and the Dave and Lu Garrett Award for Meritorious Teaching to Associate Professor of Bioanalytical Chemistry Alice Suroviec. Commencement video.

Among the many notable graduates was Madison Chandler, a biochemistry major who gained acceptance into five different biomedical engineering programs before choosing Auburn University, where she will have the opportunity to conduct genetics research related to breast cancer. Read story.

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Dr. Kathy Richardson

Dr. Kathy Richardson

Decades of alumni (especially those who passed through the communication department) will no doubt be pleased to learn that Dr. Kathy Richardson has been named college provost. Her appointment is effective immediately and continues through 2014-15. She succeeds Dr. Katherine Whatley, who recently accepted a position as senior vice president for annual programs with the Council of Independent Colleges in Washington, D.C.

A faculty member since 1986 and winner of Berry’s most distinguished awards for teaching and service, Dr. Richardson brings great experience to her new role. She served as associate provost and dean of academic services from 1999-2007 and as interim provost in 2007-08 before returning full-time to the classroom in 2009. Last fall, she assumed the duties of provost on an “acting” basis and received a three-year appointment as vice president for academic affairs.

In other recent faculty news, the following have been awarded tenure and promoted to the rank of associate professor by the Board of Trustees: Dr. Cathy Borer, Dr. Renee Carleton, Dr. Tamie Jovanelly, Dr. Timothy Knowlton and Dr. Alice Suroviec. In addition, Dr. Todd Timberlake (previously tenured) was promoted to full professor, while longtime faculty members Dr. Steven Bell and Dr. Mary Outlaw were awarded the honorary titles of professor emeritus and senior lecture emeritus, respectively.

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