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Dr. Brad BushnellThe Berry College Board of Trustees recently welcomed noted orthopedic surgeon Dr. Brad Bushnell as its newest member. A Rome resident since 2009, Bushnell is vice chairman of orthopedic surgery and sports medicine at Harbin Clinic. His numerous professional affiliations include service as team physician for the Rome Braves and as a consulting physician for both the Atlanta Braves and Colorado Rockies. He holds an undergraduate degree in religious studies from Vanderbilt University, an M.D. from the Medical College of Georgia, and an MBA from Auburn University.

Prior to being named to the Board of Trustees, Bushnell served on Berry’s Board of Visitors. He is also a team physician for Berry athletics and has taught Introduction to Healthcare Sciences on an adjunct basis. His wife, Kimberly, is a CPA and Berry adjunct instructor of accounting and finance. The couple’s two children attend Berry Elementary School.

Public Relations Student Supervisor Elizabeth Bradford contributed to this story

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Stephen Gaylor

Stephen Gaylor (14C), bottom right, shakes hands with Braves scout Brian Bridges after signing a free-agent contract with the team. Also pictured are Berry head baseball coach David Beasley, top left, and assistant Shane West (99C). Photo by student Lauren Neumann.

As Collin McHugh (09c) continues his strong debut season with the Houston Astros, another Berry baseball alumnus is beginning a major-league quest of his own. Stephen Gaylor (14C) signed a free-agent contract with the Atlanta Braves on Aug. 11 and immediately joined the team’s Orlando-based affiliate in the Gulf Coast League. While at Berry, the speedy center fielder was a two-time All-Southern Athletic Association selection who ended his career as the Vikings’ all-time leader in stolen bases (89). He is the 32nd Berry baseball player to play professionally. Full list.

Alumni are also making news in golf and soccer this summer. Former Berry assistant and NAIA All-American Blake Smart (04C, 06G) has been named head men’s golf coach at the University of Memphis. He previously served as an assistant at the University of Oklahoma and as head coach at Kennesaw State University. Mark Bloom (10C), meanwhile, twice has been named to Major League Soccer’s Team of the Week as a defender for Toronto FC.

 

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Ethan PurserGate of Opportunity Scholar Ethan Purser loves baseball so much that one of his on-campus jobs involves keeping stats for the Berry team each spring. Now the junior economics major has an outlet to share his passion – and his knowledge – with other fans as an invited contributor to the Capitol Avenue Club, the official ESPN Sweetspot Network blog for the Atlanta Braves. In his new role, Ethan writes about prospects and scouting and also takes part in the occasional podcast. If you are a baseball fan (particularly of the Braves), click here and read some of his work.

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