Grad Notes

Compiled by Caroline Buttimer and Jackie Reedy

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Thomas J. Koske (PhD ’77) of Baton Rouge, professor and horticulture specialist, retired from the Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service after 32 years of service.

Arts & Sciences

Larry Durrence (PhD ’71), a retired community college president from Lakeland, Fla., served as interim president of Owensboro Community & Technical College. Warren Cole Smith (ABJ ’80, MA ’85) is on the board of trustees of Southern Evangelical Seminary in Charlotte, N.C. Steve Elliott-Gower (MA ’83, PhD ’89), director of the honors and scholars program and associate professor of political science at Georgia College, is the faculty vice president of the Georgia Collegiate Honors Council. Kelly Zappas Dedeaux (ABJ ’00, MA ’03) and Glenn Dedeaux III (MAcc ’00) welcomed their first child, Claire Isabelle, on May 20. Xiaorong Lin (PhD ’03) received the 2009 ICAAC Young Investigator Award from the American Society for Microbiology. The award recognizes early career scientists for research excellence and potential in microbiology and infectious disease.


Jason Herskowitz (MBA ’96) is the vice president of product management at Lime Wire.


Miriam Adderholdt (PhD ’84) made a presentation to teachers, parents, administrators and gifted students at the 2009 N.C. Association for the Gifted and Talented and Partners for the Advancement of Gifted Education conference in Winston-Salem. Kurt R. Hoffmann (MEd ’92) received the annual A.E. Lange Award for Distinguished Science Teaching from Whitman College, where he is a professor of physics. Eric Hart (MEd ’99) married Erin Leighanne Hill of Baton Rouge, La., in June 2008. He is working as the associate athletic director for academic services for athletes at Delaware State University in Dover, Del. Pamela Sheppard (PhD ’01) is teaching and working with staff at Pretoria University in Pretoria, South Africa, in program development. She volunteers at a local orphanage to aid in facility enhancement and travels extensively throughout South Africa lecturing in several different cities and venues. Earle Graham (PhD ’07) is the Rockdale County High School athletics director.

Enviroment and Design

Erik Nelson (MLA ’95) of Portland, Ore., is a principal in Yellow Mountain StoneWorks Inc. and supplied cladding material for the Microsoft West Campus in Redmond, Wash.


Edmond I. Adams (LLB ’56) of Adams & Ivey received the 2009 Dr. I. Beverly Lake Public Service Award. He is a retired colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve. David C. Hagaman (AB ’69, JD ’73) was named by Chambers USA as a 2009 leading individual for labor and employment law. Dorothy D. Wilson (JD ’75) is deputy assistant general counsel in the division of operations-management of the office of the general counsel in Washington. Patricia G. Griffin (AB ’79, JD ’82) was named by Chambers USA as a 2009 leading individual for labor and employment law. T. Kyle King (AB ’90, JD ’97) of Hampton, is registered as a neutral with the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution and serves as a mediator in civil and probate cases. Angela B. Hitch (JD ’98), Scott E. Hitch (JD ’99), and Patrick B. Webb (ABJ ’95) formed Hitch & Webb LLC in March. Leigh G. Hildebrand (JD ’00) is working as a Stennis Fellow for the 111th Congress Stennis Congressional Staff Fellows program, which is a bipartisan leadership development experience for senior-level staff of the U.S. Congress. She is exploring ways to improve the effectiveness of those who work on Capitol Hill, focusing on the future challenges of Congress as an institution and the leadership role played by senior congressional staff in meeting those challenges. Hildebrand continues to serve as an assistant parliamentarian for the U.S. Senate. Robert Fortson (JD ’05) joined Turner Bachman & Garrett, a law firm in Marietta and Griffin, representing public and private clients in the areas of education, legislative and regulatory law, public contracts and procurements, general civil litigation, and labor & employment.


Jennifer Leisel Davis (PharmD ’03) of Portland, Ore., received the Distinguished Young Pharmacist Award at the Oregon State Pharmacy Association Convention and Annual Meeting for her individual excellence and outstanding contribution to the pharmacy association and community.


Kenneth Jackson (BBA ’79, MAcc ’80) is the vice chairman of the University of Georgia Foundation, a group that oversees the university’s endowment funding. He also is the vice president and chief financial officer for Shaw Industries and has served on the 35-member board of trustees since 2006.

Social Work

Ann Montgomery Pitts (MSW ’92) is a clinical associate and instructor of psychiatry at Dartmouth Medical School. She provides psychotherapeutic treatment to patients in the departments of psychiatry and infectious disease at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H. Pitts also acts as a supervising faculty member to medical students, residents and fellows in the department of psychiatry.