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Nathaniel PearsonThe evolution of the Berry Center for Integrity in Leadership continues with the appointment of Dr. Nathaniel Pearson as inaugural director.

Pearson, formerly executive director of the Nerney Leadership Institute at Cabrini University, assumed his new role June 1. He is the first person to hold the directorship, which is named in memory of Elvin (35C) and Fleta Patterson (35C) Sims. The position was endowed by a $2 million commitment from their son, retired Union Pacific executive John Edward Sims, who wished to honor their example as parents, educators and mentors in their home and community.

As director, Pearson will work to further BCIL’s impact through collaboration with faculty, staff, students and community partners. Current initiatives funded by gifts to the LifeReady Campaign include the Gordon and Joyce Carper Mentoring Program, which recently completed its sixth year pairing Berry students with community leaders; the Cecil B. Wright III Lecture Series, which this spring welcomed international journalist and former CNN executive Parisa Khosravi; and the Bowen and Barbara McCoy and Ted A. Owens faculty development grants.

In addition to his work as executive director of the Nerney Leadership Institute, Pearson has also served as assistant professor of leadership studies at Cabrini University and West Virginia University. His background is in child and family counseling, and he holds a doctorate in leadership studies from Gonzaga University.

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Elvin and Fleta Patterson SimsIn life, Elvin (35C) and Fleta Patterson (35C) Sims dedicated themselves to quietly shaping the character of their own children as well as the countless others they served as educators in rural Georgia. Now that legacy will extend to generations of Berry students thanks to a $2 million gift from their son John Edward Sims to fund the directorship of the Berry Center for Integrity in Leadership. Among many important responsibilities, the new director will work with faculty to infuse coursework related to personal integrity and leadership into every major and develop tools and training for students to practice ethical problem-solving. This individual also will oversee existing initiatives, including the Gordon and Joyce Carper mentoring program and the Cecil B. Wright III lecture series. Berry officials expect to fill the position in 2018.

“We are grateful for Ed Sims’ vision and desire to honor his parents in a way that recognizes their life-changing experience at Berry,” President Steve Briggs said. “Because of his generosity, generations of emerging leaders will be asked to think deeply about issues of conviction and character as part of their Berry experience.”

Read more: Retired marketing executive honors parents with $2 million BCIL gift

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The man credited with launching the famed Aflac Duck advertising campaign visited Berry on Sept. 29 to share his passion for ethical leadership. Aflac Chairman and CEO Dan Amos addressed the campus community as the second speaker in the Cecil B. Wright III Integrity in Leadership Lecture Series. Afterward, he conducted a brief interview on the topic of ethics in leadership, during which he praised the unique combination of real-world mentoring and academic preparation available to students through the Berry Center for Integrity in Leadership. Click the video to hear more.

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