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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.”

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Home Depot Vice President Bill Lennie visited Berry in late March as the fourth speaker in the Cecil B. Wright III Integrity in Leadership Lecture Series. While on campus, Lennie delivered a presentation on “Building a Values Based Culture,” met with Berry business students and visited HackBerry Lab, home to the college’s innovative creative technologies program.

Click the accompanying video to hear Lennie’s thoughts on a variety of topics related to ethical leadership, including the value of the experiences available to students through the Berry Center for Integrity in Leadership.

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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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