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Dr. Sheila AllenGiven the impressive growth of Berry’s animal science program (which has more than tripled in size in 15 years), it is fitting that the college’s newest trustee has expertise in that field. Dr. Sheila Allen is a former faculty member and dean of the University of Georgia’s College of Veterinary Medicine who now serves as senior accreditation advisor for the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges. She is also a board member for both Cornell University and the Georgia Aquarium.

Allen holds undergraduate and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees from Cornell and a Master of Science degree in veterinary clinical pathology from the University of Georgia. She will attend her first Board of Trustees meeting in February.

By student writer Kendall Aronson

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Camille deBrunCamille deBrun may not have auditioned for the leading role, but she was a “rock star” backstage during her summer internship with Atlanta’s Alliance Theatre. Praised by Marketing Director Jessica Boatright as “an integral part of our team,” the senior public relations and Spanish major distinguished herself through her work to enhance the theatre’s social media presence and enrich its community engagement and outreach. She will continue her service remotely throughout the academic year.

The internship, funded by the Georgia Power Foundation, was conceived by Anne Kaiser, vice president of community and economic development for Georgia Power and a member of the boards of both Berry College and the Alliance Theatre.

“This internship meant so much to me because I got a glimpse of what it is like to combine my field of study with a real-world setting,” said deBrun, who plans to pursue a career in public relations and marketing after graduation. “I not only got great work experience, but I also got to learn from people who care so much about how their work impacts the community and their city. I realized that marketing and PR are truly beautiful when you are representing an organization that is changing the community for the better.”

By student writer Katherine Edmonds

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Rear Adm. Vince Griffith (81C) addresses spring graduates.It’s only fitting that a speaker well versed in logistics – Rear Adm. Vince Griffith (81C) – was on hand for the largest spring commencement ceremony in Berry history. A record total of 473 undergraduate and graduate students completed their degree requirements this spring. Joining them in the tidal wave of black robes sweeping across the Evans Hall lawn on May 6 were other newly minted alumni who finished their coursework in August or December, pushing the total number of participants to more than 500.

In his remarks, the decorated U.S. Navy officer shared insight gleaned during his own life journey, which has carried him from humble beginnings growing up on a farm in Rockmart, Ga., to his current role as director of DLA (Defense Logistics Agency) logistics operations with responsibilities around the globe. The Berry trustee – described as a “regular guy” by classmates – stressed the importance of perseverance, character and relationships, challenging the new alumni to “try to be just a little better” every day. He also emphasized the value of hard work, recalling his rise to student supervisor of the grounds crew for the House o’ Dreams.

“While I doubt many of you will have to lead an attack in Iraq or face the Taliban, you will have your own challenges – dealing with a demanding boss, trying to manage your peers or getting a new business off the ground,” he stated. “Berry College has prepared you to face any of these trials, and you will be successful.”

Click here for more coverage, including photos from the ceremony and statistical highlights of the 2017 class.

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Berry Magazine CoverBeth Collins Earnst (93C) has done it again, winning her second consecutive Alumni Accent trivia challenge by correctly tweeting that the Berry College Chapel is the famous campus landmark celebrating its centennial in 2016.

For this month’s challenge, we take inspiration from the newest issue of Berry magazine. Scroll to the blog footer for two questions about former Fortune 500 CEO and current Berry Board of Trustees Chair Barry Griswell (71C), pictured at left with wife Michele Irwin Griswell (70C). Share your answers on social media using the hashtag #berrycollegetrivia to earn a shout-out in our next issue.

HINT: The answers to both questions can be found in the story, accessible by clicking the adjacent cover image.

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Barry Griswell, left, and Rick Gilbert.

Barry Griswell, left, and Rick Gilbert

Berry’s strong history of executive leadership continued with the election of J. Barry Griswell (71C) as chair and Rick Gilbert (77c) as vice chair of the college’s Board of Trustees. They succeed Karen Holley Horrell (74C) and Cecil B. “Buster” Wright (73C), who continue active service as trustees after completing their second terms as chair and vice chair, respectively.

Griswell, a trustee since 2003, is the retired chairman and CEO of Principal Financial Group and a past winner of the Horatio Alger Distinguished American Award, among his many honors. Gilbert, who has served on the board since 2008, is an entrepreneurial investor in several businesses and co-founder of Atlanticus Holdings Corp. Both are married to Berry alumna, Griswell to the former Michele Irwin (70C) and Gilbert to the former Debra Bourne (76C).

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Barry Griswell Portrait

Barry Griswell

A life lived at the “intersection of business achievement and community/social change with an emphasis on how ethical leadership and hard work cultivate and benefit both” has helped Berry Trustee J. Barry Griswell (71C) earn placement on a worldwide list of 100 influential leaders honored by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. The former Berry basketball player who later served as chairman, president and CEO of Principal Financial Group was nominated by Dr. John Grout, dean of Berry’s Campbell School of Business, to join the distinguished group, which represents 21 countries and more than 20 different business sectors.

“Everybody’s Berry degree becomes more valuable when they perform in the workplace, and no one has done that better than Barry Griswell,” Grout praised. “He has raised the stock of everyone who has graduated from Berry and continues to do so.”

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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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Tim Goodwin

Tim Goodwin (03C)

Fred Tharpe

Fred Tharpe (68A)

Tim Goodwin (03C) has dreamed of serving on the Berry College Board of Trustees since his student days. Now the newly installed president of the Berry Alumni Association has that opportunity. He is one of five new trustees to join the board this year, among them fellow alumnus Fred Tharpe (68A), recently appointed chairman of the Berry College Board of Visitors. Others include nonprofit leader Roxanne Spillett, banking executive Brad Dinsmore and former Board of Visitors Chairman Pete Capponi. Look for more information on each new trustee in the fall issue of Berry magazine.

Like the Board of Trustees, the Board of Visitors also welcomed new members this spring. They are David Asbury (84C), John Beck (71C), John Coleman (04C) and Anne Berry Bonnyman.

Other alumni have joined Goodwin as newly elected and appointed officers for the Alumni Council. They include Dr. David Slade (97C, FS), vice president, Berry Heritage; the Rev. Valerie Loner (91C), chaplain; Patrick Ouzts (03C), parliamentarian; Mandy Tidwell (93C), secretary; Joseph Ragsdale (65C), Work Week coordinator; Nathan Butzen (03C), historian; Mary Chambers (14C), alumni experiential director; and Michael Williams (03C), strategic advisor.

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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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John Eadie

John Eadie (83C)

John Eadie (83C) has taken on a new leadership role for his alma mater as a member of the Berry College Board of Trustees. He was elected to the board in February after previous service on the Board of Visitors. A product of Berry’s accounting program, John has built a distinguished career as one of the nation’s top financial advisors and wealth managers. He is founder, managing director and CEO of Texas-based Covenant Multifamily Offices. He and wife Elizabeth Webb Eadie (84C) live in San Antonio.

Also in February, the trustees re-elected alumni Karen Holley Horrell (74C) and Cecil B. “Buster” Wright III (73C) to the positions of chair and vice chair, respectively.

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Sheryle BoltonSally Ride became an inspiration to women everywhere when she soared into orbit as America’s first female astronaut. The pioneering explorer lost her fight with pancreatic cancer earlier this summer, but the science education company she founded – Sally Ride Science – lives on under the leadership of new CEO Sheryle Bolton (68c), a six-year member of the Berry College Board of Trustees. Bolton’s extensive business experience and passion for science and technology helped earn her the opportunity to follow in the famous astronaut’s footsteps.

“We are thrilled to have Sheryle join our team at Sally Ride Science and lead us forward,” said Tam O’Shaughnessy, co-founder, board director and COO of Sally Ride Science. “Sheryle brings a wealth of talent, brainpower and experience.”

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