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John Barge

Photo courtesy of Georgia Department of Education.

Dr. John Barge (88C), Georgia state school superintendent and a 2014 candidate for governor, has once again been named to Georgia Trend magazine’s list of the state’s 100 “most powerful and influential citizens.” This is the second consecutive year that Barge (pictured) has been so recognized. Three other members of Berry’s alumni community Joe Cook (88C), Sara Totonchi (99C) and Dr. Roger Tutterow (84C) were named “notable Georgians” in the same issue. More.

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Bill Evans (66C) and Dr. Brian Ridley (93C) have dedicated their lives to educating students, and their efforts have not gone unnoticed.

Bill (far left) was honored as 2012 National Teacher of the Year for Speech and Debate for his work at Hillcrest High School in Simpsonville, S.C. Under his leadership, Hillcrest students have won numerous state, district and national championships. He was inducted into the Mississippi Speech and Debate Hall of Fame in February 2012 and is a Triple Diamond Coach with the National Forensics League. Read more.

Brian was recognized as 2013 Georgia Middle School Principal of the Year after helping Haralson County Middle School earn recognition as one of the state’s “2012 Breakout Schools” in student achievement following several years on the Department of Education’s “needs improvement” list.

“Dr. Ridley is a great example of what it means to be an excellent school leader,” said Georgia State School Superintendent John Barge (88C), himself a Berry alumnus. “The dramatic improvement in student achievement his school has seen is just one of his many accomplishments as a principal, but it gets to the heart of why we’re all in education – to help children accomplish their dreams through a quality education.” Read more.

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John Barge (88C) and Joe Cook (88C)

John Barge (88C), left, and Joe Cook (88C) are among the state's most influential leaders, according to Georgia Trend.

Two members of the Berry College class of 1988 – John Barge and Joe Cook – are included on Georgia Trend magazine’s 2013 list of the 100 most influential Georgians. John is beginning his third year as superintendent of Georgia’s public school system, while Joe is executive director and river keeper for the Coosa River Basin Initiative. Joe previously made the list in 2011; this is John’s first appearance.

According to the article, “The individuals on this 15th edition of Georgia Trend’s 100 Most Influential Georgians list, many you’ve heard of and a few you may not know by name, are exerting lots of influence in the worlds they inhabit – business, philanthropy, politics. They are impacting how we live, how we vote, how we buy or how we give.”

Joining the two Berry representatives are a host of recognizable names, including congressmen, senators, university presidents and successful business executives such as Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank. View complete list.

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Dara Wakefield and John BargeGeorgia State School Superintendent John Barge (88C), at right in photo, returned home to Berry on Oct. 5 to address educators attending the Charter Fellows’ 10th anniversary professional development workshop. While on campus, he joined longtime Berry faculty member Dr. Dara Wakefield (at left) as the newest recipients of the Charter Fellows Award for Outstanding Service to the Profession of Teaching.

During his presentation, Barge discussed education reform in terms any Berry graduate would recognize – head, heart and hands – noting, “Honestly, Martha Berry understood education better than any human being I’ve ever known.”

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Who's Who in Education

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Berry President Steve Briggs and Georgia State School Superintendent John D. Barge (88C) found themselves listed alongside other “key leaders of metro Atlanta and Georgia educational institutions and programs” in the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 2012 guide to Who’s Who in Education. According to the editors, this special edition offers “a look at some of the top leaders in the education field – from those vested with government responsibility for our education system to the leaders of public and private primary and secondary schools, and the heads of our top colleges and universities.”

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