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Nathaniel PearsonThe evolution of the Berry Center for Integrity in Leadership continues with the appointment of Dr. Nathaniel Pearson as inaugural director.

Pearson, formerly executive director of the Nerney Leadership Institute at Cabrini University, assumed his new role June 1. He is the first person to hold the directorship, which is named in memory of Elvin (35C) and Fleta Patterson (35C) Sims. The position was endowed by a $2 million commitment from their son, retired Union Pacific executive John Edward Sims, who wished to honor their example as parents, educators and mentors in their home and community.

As director, Pearson will work to further BCIL’s impact through collaboration with faculty, staff, students and community partners. Current initiatives funded by gifts to the LifeReady Campaign include the Gordon and Joyce Carper Mentoring Program, which recently completed its sixth year pairing Berry students with community leaders; the Cecil B. Wright III Lecture Series, which this spring welcomed international journalist and former CNN executive Parisa Khosravi; and the Bowen and Barbara McCoy and Ted A. Owens faculty development grants.

In addition to his work as executive director of the Nerney Leadership Institute, Pearson has also served as assistant professor of leadership studies at Cabrini University and West Virginia University. His background is in child and family counseling, and he holds a doctorate in leadership studies from Gonzaga University.

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Joyce HeamesThe associate dean for innovation, outreach and engagement at West Virginia University’s College of Business and Economics will soon assume the mantle of leadership for Berry’s Campbell School of Business. Dr. Joyce T. Heames will succeed Dr. John Grout, who is returning full time to the faculty after serving as dean since 2007.

Heames’ academic credentials include a bachelor’s degree and MBA from Samford University and a doctorate from the University of Mississippi. She joined the West Virginia faculty in 2006 and since has earned the Dean’s Award of Distinction in Service from the College of Business and Economics. Outreach – with an eye toward alumni involvement and stronger corporate relations – will be a point of emphasis in her new role.

Grout leaves the dean’s office after successfully overseeing renewal of Berry’s business accreditation by AACSB International. His duties going forward will include teaching, research and an ongoing leadership role within Berry’s groundbreaking creative technologies program.

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