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Jackie McDowellGraduates of the Charter School of Education and Human Sciences don’t have to be told about the dedication of dean and mentor Dr. Jackie McDowell – they’ve experienced it firsthand! Still, it’s gratifying to see the longtime Berry faculty member tapped by Gov. Nathan Deal for service on the Georgia Professional Standards Commission. This statewide group of 18 educators and administrators is responsible for regulating performance standards for Georgia’s public school teachers.

“For the past 20 years, I have worked with the faculty and students at Berry to assure that all 24 of our teacher-education programs and all of our future teachers and leaders meet the highest standards,” McDowell stated. “I’m so honored to now have the opportunity to represent all Georgia teachers and teacher-education programs.”

In addition to her status as one of two PSC commissioners representing higher education, McDowell serves as president of the Rome-Floyd County Commission on Children and Youth and is part of the executive committee for the Association of Independent Liberal Arts Colleges for Teacher Education.

 By student writer Katherine Edmonds

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Whit Whitaker (83C), center, with wife Maria Crego Whitaker (85c) and Gov. Nathan Deal.

Whit Whitaker (81C), center, with wife Maria Crego Whitaker (85c) and Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal after Whit’s 2014 appointment to the Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission.

Berry’s executive leadership team is proving to be fertile ground for colleges and universities seeking new presidents. Just weeks after Provost Kathy Richardson was tapped by Westminster College in Pennsylvania, Chief of Staff Whit Whitaker (81C) has been chosen to lead King University in Tennessee. He will begin his new role Aug. 1.

A retired Navy captain and former member of the Judge Advocate General’s Corps, Whitaker is in his 10th year on the Berry staff. During this time, he has worked closely with the college’s governing and advisory boards and has been responsible for oversight of public relations, religious life and historic assets. He also served as assistant vice president for major gifts and continues to assist with fundraising as chief of staff. Off-campus service includes membership on the governor-appointment Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission.

In a campuswide announcement, President Steve Briggs noted Whitaker’s deep ties to Berry – his father was once a member of the English faculty – and praised his distinguished service.

“We will long remember Whit’s intelligence, insatiable curiosity and sparkling wit,” Briggs stated. “We will miss his turn of a phrase and impeccable timing. And oh how he loves a well-crafted practical joke. Students in the president’s office will also never forget his heart for mentoring and his personal acts of kindness.”

Bristol Herald Courier: Georgia native named King’s 23rd president

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Old MillIn the most recent edition of the Alumni Accent poll, we asked you to weigh in on your favorite outdoor activities at Berry. The No. 1 answer was hiking to the reservoir with 35% of the vote. Next with 22% was taking it easy (you’ll get no argument from us!), followed by walking/jogging on the Viking Trail and horseback riding (each with 11%). Intramural sports (8%), mountain biking (5%), ropes courses (5%) and disc golf (3%) rounded out the list.

For our first poll of 2015, we’ve decided to focus on the iconic landmarks of the Berry campus, one of which recently showed up on the cover of  Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal’s budget report. The photo, taken by Georgia artist George Hernandez, was selected to hang in the Office of the Governor as part of “The Art of Georgia” rotating exhibit. Visit www.gaarts.org for more information.

Scroll to the blog footer to vote for your favorite Berry landmark.

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