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Cynthia CourtPresident Steve Briggs recently announced the appointment of Cynthia Court as Berry’s new vice president of advancement. She will assume the role on a full-time basis Jan. 1, following the retirement of Bettyann O’Neill. Until that time, the two will work together on an interim basis to ensure a seamless transition in the areas of alumni relations, development and philanthropic communications.

Court’s impressive resume includes experience as chief marketing and development officer for Special Olympics International in Washington, D.C., executive vice president of development and marketing for Boys & Girls Clubs of America in Atlanta, and group vice president for personal giving for the Arthritis Foundation in Washington, D.C., and Atlanta. She most recently served as managing director of the nonprofit practice of the executive search firm Harvard Group International. Read more.

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Bettyann O'NeillA 23-year career highlighted by the two most successful fundraising campaigns in Berry history will come to a close Dec. 31 when Bettyann O’Neill retires from her longtime position as vice president for advancement. O’Neill, who plans to marry and relocate to Florida, has led Berry’s fundraising and alumni engagement efforts since 1999, during which time alumni and friends have committed more than $235 million to advance Martha Berry’s vision and mission, including more than $65 million for student scholarships. Her work has helped lead to such notable campus additions as the McAllister Hall science center, Cage Center, new theatre, Valhalla stadium and Kilpatrick Commons.

“In the days and weeks ahead, we will determine how we will move forward to fill the void her departure will create,” President Steve Briggs said. “Her efforts to support the college’s most critical strategic initiatives have left an indelible mark on Berry’s firsthand educational experiences and have transformed the face of the campus physically.”

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Scott Colley PortraitA voice from Berry’s past offered insight for the future during the largest spring commencement ceremony in college history. Addressing approximately 470 graduates and a huge crowd of family and friends gathered on the Evans Hall lawn, former president and honorary alumnus J. Scott Colley praised Berry’s current leadership and stressed the continuing relevance of the college’s “head, heart and hands” approach to education in today’s uncertain times.

Harking back to his own upbringing in the shadow of World War II, the Cold War and segregation in his native Virginia, Colley noted, “The world was wobbling in those days, and you know what? It wobbles still. Moments of crisis and threat are the very times to use our brains and to employ our learning. Such times are hardly occasions for us to take leave of our senses. … My hope is that our graduates will employ what they’ve already learned at Berry in both the near and long terms as they respond to the obligations of citizenship.”

During his visit, Berry’s seventh president was honored with the unveiling of a portrait of him standing in the Ford Archway that will hang in Memorial Library. He also learned that a scholarship has been endowed in his name by three Berry vice presidents he mentored during his presidency – Debbie Heida, Bettyann O’Neill and Dr. Kathy Richardson.

Additional coverage: Commencement photo gallery

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Hundreds of alumni and friends made their way “home” May 15-17 for Alumni Weekend, with many remaining on campus in the days that followed for the 30th annual observance of Alumni Work Week.

Eight different classes celebrated reunions, with two – 1965A and 1965C – joining the ranks of Berry’s Golden Guard (a distinction reserved for alumni who have been out at least 50 years). Excellence was rewarded with presentation of the 2015 Distinguished Alumni Awards. This year’s winners included:

David Grindle (93C), Distinguished Achievement
Joy Padgett Johnson (73C), Distinguished Service
Jeff Jahn (07C), Entrepreneurial Spirit
Brin Enterkin (12C), Outstanding Young Alumni

Alumni WeekendOther individuals singled out for special recognition included retiring Director of Choral Activities Harry Musselwhite and longtime baseball coach David Beasley, Berry’s newest honorary alumni. Bettyann O’Neill and Joni Kenyon were honored with the Alumni Association President’s Award, while Tom Raulerson (66C) received the Berry High Schools/Berry Academy Outstanding Faculty/Staff Award.

The big winner among the reunion classes was the college class of 1965, which claimed the Viking Cup (highest giving percentage), Ford Cup (highest total amount given) and Heritage Cup (greatest increase in Berry Heritage Society membership). The Reunion Cup (highest percentage attendance) went to the academy class of 1965, while the college class of 1955 won the Martha Cup (greatest percentage increase in gifts). The total amount of reunion gifts contributed by all classes was an impressive $1.16 million.

Photos: Alumni Weekend

Media coverage: Berry alumni return for Work Week

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