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New BOV members

Clockwise from top left, Steve Wherry (80C), Jason McMillan (98C), Seth Turner (06C) and Robert Swarthout (04C) have joined the Board of Visitors along with Gretchen Corbin (not pictured). Photo by student Matthew McConnell.

The Berry College Board of Visitors welcomed five new members at its April meeting. They include:

Gretchen Corbin: President and CEO of the Georgia Lottery Corp., and former commissioner of the Technical College System of Georgia.

Jason McMillan (98C): Senior vice president and regional corporate banker for the State of Georgia for BB&T.

Robert Swarthout (04C): Co-founder of ShootProof, a company established in 2010 to assist photographers with services such as online photo proofing, studio branding and gallery security.

Seth Turner (06C): Washington, D.C., real estate professional who formerly worked in Manhattan; named 2008 “Rookie of the Year” at Keller Williams Capital Properties.

Steve Wherry (80C): Senior vice president and CFO for The Goldfield Corp., a provider of electrical construction and maintenance services in the energy infrastructure industry primarily in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic regions of the United States and Texas.

The Board of Visitors is an advisory group consisting of alumni and other friends of Berry. Leadership is provided by Chair Wanda Riggs Mack, who represents the BOV on the Board of Trustees, and Vice Chair Brian Brodrick (97C). The group meets annually on the Berry campus.

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Berry Alumni Council

LOOKING COOL: Members of the Berry Alumni Council take a break from their August meeting to grab a quick group photo in the Ford Archway. They’re sporting sunglasses purchased as part of a fundraiser for Berry women’s soccer.

Jonathan PurserThis summer brought new leadership to the Berry Alumni Association as Frances Richey (83A, 87C) completed her second term as president and handed the reigns to her elected successor, Jonathan Purser (85C). The husband, father, business owner and volunteer immediately got to work, sharing good news about Berry with fellow alumni via periodic e-blasts (look for more in the future!). He also provided leadership for the first Alumni Council meeting of the 2018-19 academic year.

Forty-four Alumni Council members – representing nearly 80 years of Berry history – gathered in August to begin working on specific projects related to alumni engagement, financial support, Berry heritage and culture, and alumni awards. Leading those teams are elected vice presidents Chris Hayes (04C), Jason McMillan (98C), Jennifer Dickey (77A, 80C) and Pat Tutterow Jackson (82C), respectively. Joining them on the Executive Committee are Richey, who now serves as past president, and appointed members Tim Howard (82C), parliamentarian, Emmett Long (98C), chaplain, and Chad Nash (13C), secretary.

Purser is excited about the work ahead, as well as the opportunity he has to serve as a voice on Berry’s behalf.

“Those of us who were privileged to attend Berry were given a precious gift,” he said. “Serving as Alumni Council president is an honor and a small way of giving back to the institution and community that have meant so much to me.”

Watch for more coverage of Alumni Council activities in the year ahead. Click here for a list of current members.

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