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Berry Magazine CoverBeth Collins Earnst (93C) has done it again, winning her second consecutive Alumni Accent trivia challenge by correctly tweeting that the Berry College Chapel is the famous campus landmark celebrating its centennial in 2016.

For this month’s challenge, we take inspiration from the newest issue of Berry magazine. Scroll to the blog footer for two questions about former Fortune 500 CEO and current Berry Board of Trustees Chair Barry Griswell (71C), pictured at left with wife Michele Irwin Griswell (70C). Share your answers on social media using the hashtag #berrycollegetrivia to earn a shout-out in our next issue.

HINT: The answers to both questions can be found in the story, accessible by clicking the adjacent cover image.

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Barry Griswell, left, and Rick Gilbert.

Barry Griswell, left, and Rick Gilbert

Berry’s strong history of executive leadership continued with the election of J. Barry Griswell (71C) as chair and Rick Gilbert (77c) as vice chair of the college’s Board of Trustees. They succeed Karen Holley Horrell (74C) and Cecil B. “Buster” Wright (73C), who continue active service as trustees after completing their second terms as chair and vice chair, respectively.

Griswell, a trustee since 2003, is the retired chairman and CEO of Principal Financial Group and a past winner of the Horatio Alger Distinguished American Award, among his many honors. Gilbert, who has served on the board since 2008, is an entrepreneurial investor in several businesses and co-founder of Atlanticus Holdings Corp. Both are married to Berry alumna, Griswell to the former Michele Irwin (70C) and Gilbert to the former Debra Bourne (76C).

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