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Long before the citizens of Savannah elected him mayor, Eddie DeLoach (74C) was a Berry student honing his work-ethic and learning life lessons from the likes of faculty legends Jorge Gonzalez and Gordon Carper. Recently, he shared his recollections with student journalist Sarah O’Carroll in an interview for Viking Fusion. During their conversation, the 66th mayor of Georgia’s oldest city credited Berry with broadening his perspective, instilling leadership skills and stoking his appreciation for history.

Click here to read O’Carroll’s report on the Hometown Headlines news site.

Video courtesy of Sarah O’Carroll and Viking Fusion.

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Berry recently welcomed one of America’s foremost authorities on leadership as the inaugural speaker in the Cecil “Buster” Wright III (73C) Integrity in Leadership Lecture Series. Dr. Barbara Kellerman, a prolific author, speaker and Harvard University faculty member, shared her insights with the campus community during a lively address in the Berry College Chapel. Later, she sat down for a brief interview focusing on the hard times facing America’s leaders and the steps Berry is taking through its new Integrity in Leadership Center to help students meet those challenges. Fast-forward to 5:21 in the accompanying video to hear her discuss the benefits of Berry’s Gordon and Joyce Carper Integrity in Leadership Mentoring Program.

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Gordon CarperThe late Dr. Gordon Carper spent the better part of his life guiding Berry students, so it’s only fitting that the new mentoring program within the college’s budding Integrity in Leadership Center bear his name.

“Nothing gave Dr. Carper more pleasure than to see his students do well,” said Dr. Keith Parsons (74C), professor of philosophy at the University of Houston-Clear Lake, capturing the essence of a man who positively influenced the lives of countless students during his 38 years teaching history and political science at Berry.

The Gordon and Joyce Carper Integrity in Leadership Mentoring Program honors that legacy by providing opportunities for students to gather regularly in small groups with community mentors for in-depth discussion, case studies and other activities. In 2014-15, a total of 60 students met with 15 mentors; the eventual goal of the program – just completing its second year – is to increase those numbers to 200 and 40, respectively, with students from all Berry majors participating. More than 70 students already have been accepted for 2015-16.

“Leadership is one of the most overused words in our culture today, yet most of the living examples we see in the media represent leadership that is bad, unethical, self-serving, and at best, ineffective,” said mentor and Berry trustee Cecil “Buster” Wright (73C). “The mentor program was created to expose Berry students to intellectual and experiential learning about what ethical leadership really is.”

Wright, a retired regional president for Wells Fargo Advisors, has been a force behind the Integrity in Leadership Center, believing strongly in the college’s unique ability to foster both qualities in young people. He also has played a significant role in the development of the mentoring program, recruiting the community leaders who serve as mentors and helping to shape its curriculum and procedures.

Look for more in the summer issue of Berry magazine. Gifts to the program in memory of Dr. Carper can be made at www.berry.edu/gift.

Media coverage: Mentoring program connects students, community leaders

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Berry Magazine, Fall 2012The Fall 2012 issue of Berry magazine may feature Antarctic adventurer Emily Wampler (03C) on the cover, but this page-turner is anything but ice cold! From insights on success by the 2012 recipients of Berry’s Distinguished Alumni Awards to a special report on the inspiring class of 1958C, we’ve got all the bases covered. If you spent any time studying history or the sciences while at Berry, don’t miss President Briggs’ special tribute to faculty icons Gordon Carper and Lawrence McAllister.

Your print copy should be arriving any day now (if it hasn’t already). If you prefer to be an e-reader, simply click the cover and check us out online.

Class notes are now being accepted for the Spring 2013 issue. If you have news to share, please submit to alumni@berry.edu (don’t forget your class year). The deadline is Nov. 30.

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