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President Steve Briggs at the Dedication of the Sam Spector MBA Classroom

WORDS OF WISDOM: A quote by Dr. Sam I. Spector can be seen on the wall of the MBA classroom that now bears his name. Berry President Steve Briggs (center) joined family members and other guests for the September naming.

Dr. Sam I. Spector Speaking at Berry's 2008 Commencement

Dr. Sam I. Spector

Dr. Peter Lawler

Dr. Peter Lawler

Beloved faculty members have been remembered and celebrated this fall with campus namings made possible by the generosity of alumni and friends. Their gifts, in turn, have seeded opportunity for future students by supporting scholarships named for those same faculty legends.

Recent honors include the naming of the MBA classroom in Berry’s Campbell School of Business for the late Dr. Sam I. Spector, whose accomplishments at Berry include the 1973 establishment of the MBA program. Read more.

Similar recognition has been bestowed upon the late Dr. Peter Lawler, whose famously messy office remains a touchstone for the many Berry alumni privileged to have known him during his nearly 40 years on the faculty. His former office space in Evans Hall isn’t so messy anymore, but it fittingly bears the name of the man whose unexpected death in 2017 generated an extraordinary outpouring of love and remembrance.

While both of those alumni-driven campaigns benefited existing scholarships, another honoring longtime student publications advisor Kevin Kleine has resulted in nearly $6,000 in gifts toward a new fund supporting study-abroad experiences for communication majors.

Kevin Kleine and Bob Frank

Kevin Kleine, left, with another legendary member of the communication faculty, Dr. Bob Frank.

Alumni from as far away as Texas gathered for an informal Mountain Day reception celebrating Kleine’s 30th year at Berry. Fittingly, this recognition coincided with Kleine’s receipt of a national advising award from the College Media Association. Fundraising for the Kevin Kleine Study Abroad Scholarship continues with an ultimate goal of $25,000 in gifts to endow the award.

Also on Mountain Day Weekend, friends, family, colleagues and former students gathered for the official naming of the Ouida Word Dickey Living Room in Berry’s Ford alumni center, made possible by a successful 90th birthday giving challenge. This effort resulted in more than $570,000 in gifts to the Ford Auditorium renovation, pushing fundraising for that project past the halfway mark to $3 million in total commitments.

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Joyce HeamesThe associate dean for innovation, outreach and engagement at West Virginia University’s College of Business and Economics will soon assume the mantle of leadership for Berry’s Campbell School of Business. Dr. Joyce T. Heames will succeed Dr. John Grout, who is returning full time to the faculty after serving as dean since 2007.

Heames’ academic credentials include a bachelor’s degree and MBA from Samford University and a doctorate from the University of Mississippi. She joined the West Virginia faculty in 2006 and since has earned the Dean’s Award of Distinction in Service from the College of Business and Economics. Outreach – with an eye toward alumni involvement and stronger corporate relations – will be a point of emphasis in her new role.

Grout leaves the dean’s office after successfully overseeing renewal of Berry’s business accreditation by AACSB International. His duties going forward will include teaching, research and an ongoing leadership role within Berry’s groundbreaking creative technologies program.

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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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Paula Englis with StudentsA management professor who ranks among the very best at her craft and an accounting specialist known for her commitment to students are the 2013 recipients of Berry’s Martindale Awards of Distinction. Professor of Management and Department Chair Paula Englis (seen here with a past group of entrepreneurship students) claimed the faculty honor, while Susan Floyd won the award for staff.

Praised for her exemplary teaching, research and service, Paula consistently ranks among the top instructors in the Campbell School of Business, often earning perfect scores on her evaluations. Student satisfaction in her strategy course is especially impressive, helping Berry to rank among the top colleges and universities nationwide in a recent survey. Her expertise is recognized on both sides of the Atlantic – she holds a joint appointment with the University of Twente in the Netherlands – and her prolific research has been cited more than 1,300 times.

Susan, a 14-year veteran of the Berry staff, was lauded for being an “exemplary model for customer service” as she performs duties critical to the operation of the college. Her attitude and influence were summed up by a former student worker who is now a proud colleague: “You could ask Susan the same question a hundred times and she would work you through it as if it was the first time you had asked. She is the reason I decided to come to work at Berry.”

Two other notable awards presented in May were the Mary S. and Samuel Poe Carden Award and the Dave and Lou Garrett Award for Meritorious Teaching. The Carden Award went to Dr. Mary C. Clement, professor of teacher education and director of Berry’s Center for Teaching Excellence. The Garrett Award was presented to Associate Professor of Art Jere Lykins.

Also this spring, the Berry College Board of Trustees approved emeritus status for Dr. Bob Pearson and Dr. Lynnwood Belvin, both of whom are retiring.

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Heather BrandHeather Brand may not be an expert in the kitchen, but when it comes to writing she’s a master chef. The former journalist and current Berry staff member penned one of 101 short stories accepted for publication in the new book Chicken Soup for the Soul: Food and Love.

Heather’s contribution, “Stepping Outside My Comfort Zone,” recounts her own experience as a new bride attempting, for the first time, to prepare a meal on her own.

“One of the reasons I wrote this story was to share my experience with others who may encounter a similar situation,” explained Heather, faculty secretary for the Campbell School of Business and a graduate student in Berry’s Master of Education program. “I knew I wasn’t the only newlywed in the world who couldn’t cook!”

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