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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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Mary K. Boyd

Mary K. Boyd

Nancy Rewis

Nancy Rewis

The strength of Berry’s executive leadership team was on full display last spring when two members of the President’s Cabinet were tapped to lead other institutions. Now that team is welcoming two new members who are impressive in their own right – Provost Mary K. Boyd and Vice President of Marketing and Communications Nancy Rewis.

Dr. Boyd is an organic chemist who earned her bachelor’s degree and Ph.D. from the University of Toronto. Her prior leadership experience includes service as vice president of academic affairs at St. Edward’s University, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of San Diego and chair of Georgia Southern University’s Department of Chemistry. She will begin transitioning into her new role March 20. Dr. Andy Bressette will serve as interim provost through semester’s end before assuming new responsibilities as vice president of enrollment management. More on Boyd.

Rewis brings a track record of success to her new position leading Berry’s marketing and branding efforts, most recently serving as vice president of marketing and eCommerce at Gem Shopping Network in Atlanta. She previously excelled in a variety of roles for Turner Broadcasting, including vice president of marketing and brand development. She also served as senior director of brand partnerships and director of marketing for Turner Classic Movies. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Mississippi. More on Rewis.

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