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August 17 Berry Trivia ImageIn our last issue, we asked you to name the 1961 Berry high school alumnus who recently completed his 40th year as a college president. The answer, as our proud high school and academy grads quickly will tell you, is Dr. Jerry C. Davis, who has served as president of Alice Lloyd College (1977-88) and College of the Ozarks (1988-present). This summer, he was honored as the 2017 recipient of the E. Burr Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.

The subject of this month’s question (pictured at right) is the Berry record-holder in the 1,500-meter run (3 minutes, 48.20 seconds). Recently, he won a national championship at that same distance in the 50-54 age division of the USA Track and Field Masters Outdoor Championships. For a shout-out in our next issue, tweet the name of this 1987 graduate who has gone on to great success as a teacher and coach at Cartersville (Ga.) High School. Be sure to include the hashtag #berrycollegetrivia.

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Icon of EducationCollege of the Ozarks President Jerry Davis (61H) has been named a 2014 “Icon of Education” by Ingram’s, a Kansas City-based business magazine. The publication lauded Davis for his foresight in examining the dynamics of funding a college education “a full 25 years before the issue of student loan debt became a significant national concern.” The result is a model built on a concept familiar to Berry alumni – student work. At the College of the Ozarks, students work on campus to defray the cost of their education, eventually graduating debt free. Ingram’s also praised his focus on character development, as evidenced by the founding of the Keeter Center for Character Education on the College of the Ozarks’ Point Lookout, Mo., campus.

Davis has held his current post since 1988. Previously, he was president for 11 years at Alice Lloyd College in Kentucky. His own educational journey began at the Mount Berry School for Boys, where he earned his high school diploma in 1961. He later received a bachelor’s degree from Mars Hill College, a master’s degree from the University of Tennessee and his Ph.D. from Ohio State University.

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