Grad Notes

Compiled by Emily Grant and Grace Morris

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Devegowda Gopal (PhD ’76), a practicing veterinarian of Jacksonville, Fla., is an advisor to the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Fla. Lance Bolton (BBA ’88, MS ’95, PhD ’97) of Colorado Springs, Colo., was named president of Pikes Peak Community College. Alfred “Alfie” Meek (PhD ’05) of Lawrenceville accepted the position of director of community innovation services for Georgia Tech’s Enterprise Innovation Institute.

Arts & Sciences

Garnett S. Stokes (MS ’80, PhD ’82) was named provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at Florida State University. The provost at FSU is chief academic officer and the second-highest ranking official after the president. Bill Herringdine (MPA ’84) of Bogart retired after six years of teaching government and economics at North Oconee High School. Al Panu (PhD ’86) of Mableton is the vice president of academic affairs at Gainesville State College. He joined Gainesville State’s faculty as division chair of science, engineering and technology in 2007. Gregory Stephen Gorman (PhD ’93) of Hoover, Ala., is an associate professor and director of research in the McWhorter School of Pharmacy at Samford University in Birmingham, Ala. Michael Purugganan (PhD ’93) of New York City helped discover that all of the world’s domesticated rice varieties may have come from a single place in China thousands of years ago. Purugganan is the associate director of New York University’s Center for Genomics and Systems Biology and is a professor of biology and a Dorothy Schiff professor of genomics. Carol Wilkerson (PhD ’94) of Richland, Wash., is the interim director of the Office of Student Affairs at Washington State University Tri-Cities. Anne Marshall (MA ’00, PhD ’04) of Starkville, Miss., wrote Creating a Confederate Kentucky: The Lost Cause and Civil War Memory in a Border State, in which she examines the revisionist post-Civil War history of Kentucky. Matthew Scott Harrison (MS ’05, PhD ’08) of Atlanta was named one of Atlanta’s Power 30 under 30 presented by the Apex Society. This is awarded to the city’s most influential young professionals who have already achieved extraordinary success.


Foard Jones (PhD ’91) of Orlando, Fla., was named interim dean of the University of Central Florida College of Business Administration. Debbie Storey (AB ’80, MBA ’06) of Dallas, Texas, was appointed senior vice president-talent development and chief diversity officer of AT&T Services Inc.


Leo Franklin Twiggs (EdD ’70) of Orangeburg, S.C., created a series of paintings using flags, soldiers and other Civil War imagery titled “Commemoration” that opened as a major exhibit in Charleston last spring. He began the series in 1970 after becoming the first African American to earn a doctorate from UGA. Gerald Calandra (EdD ’71) of Marietta created, a web page that deals with health, fitness and longevity. Kyle R. Carter (MA ’71, PhD ’74) is the fifth chancellor at the University of North Carolina Pembroke. He has taught and worked in university administration for more than 35 years. Katherine Barr Hamrick (BSEd ’69, MEd ’74, EdD ’76) of Augusta received the Town and Gown Award from the Augusta State University Alumni Association for her role in connecting the university with the community. Before retiring, she was the special coordinator for master planning and a professor of mathematics at the university. Robert Fore (EdD ’76) of Chattanooga, Tenn., received the UGA College of Education’s 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award for outstanding success and significant impact in his field. Elizabeth “Betsy” Bernard Bockman (MEd ’84, EdS ’92) of Atlanta received a 2011 Professional Achievement Award from UGA’s College of Education. The award is given to alumni in the midpoint of their careers who have demonstrated significant achievements in their fields. Bockman is the principal of Inman Middle School. Victor K. Wilson (BSW ’82, MEd ’87) of Charleston, S.C., was selected to serve as member of the governing board for University School of the Lowcountry. Wilson was also selected to serve as a founding member of the board of directors for Charleston Waterkeeper, an environmental, nonprofit organization with a mission to preserve and protect the integrity of Charleston’s waterways. Brenda M. Carpenter (BSHE ’80, MEd ’91, EdD ’93) of Tifton was selected to serve as the new culinary arts instructor for the South Georgia Technical College Crisp County Center. Emily Lembeck (EdD ’95) of Marietta received the UGA College of Education’s 2011 Professional Achievement Award, which is given to alumni in the midpoint of their careers who have demonstrated significant achievements in their fields. Lembeck is superintendent of Marietta City Schools. Pamelia Carsillo (BFA ’79, EdD ’96) of Kennesaw received the 2011 Crystal Apple Award from UGA’s College of Education. The award is given to alumni in K-12 education who have made a significant impact on student, school or school district performance. Edward Maresh (BSEd ’94, MEd ’00, EdD ’04) of Lawrenceville is principal of Creekland Middle. Susan Frost (MEd ’01) of Dublin was named the 2010-11 Star Teacher at Trinity Christian School. Buffy Hamilton (MEd ’03, EdS ’05) of Canton was named a 2011 Mover & Shaker by the Library Journal for her work as a librarian at Creekview High School. Anissa Heath Johnson (EdS ’03) is the principal of Fowler Drive Elementary School in Clarke County. Alvetta Peterman Thomas (EdD ’04) of Fayetteville, Ga., was named a Superwoman by Atlanta Tribune magazine. She is president of Atlanta Technical College. Shannon Hammond (BSEd ’95, EdS ’05) of Winder was elected to the board of directors of the Professional Association of Georgia Educators. Ginger Mathis (EdD ’05) of Ringgold is the associate vice president of academic affairs at Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s Whitfield Murray campus. Emily Robinson (AB ’03, MEd ’05) completed her ESOL certification in July. She is scheduled to teach her first class of English language learners next school year. Bryan Till (BSEd ’01, MEd ’06) of Fayetteville, N.C., is head football coach of Cape Fear High School. Craig Wentworth (EdD ’09) of Thomasville received the Delta Pi Epsilon Doctoral Research Award. Wentworth won the award for his dissertation, “The Role of Collegiate Sports Participation in Preparing Women for Executive Leadership.”


William B. Wood (BBA ’70, MBA ’75, JD ’79) of Grayson moved his practice from the Atlanta firm of Smith, Gambrell and Russell, where he practiced for 28 years, to Lawrenceville. Wood specializes in business law, particularly mergers and acquisitions and state and local tax matters. He has also been an adjunct professor of corporate tax at UGA’s School of Law. Wade Wilkes Herring (JD ’83) of Savannah was awarded the Savannah Bar Association’s Robbie Robinson Award as part of the bar’s annual Law Day celebration. W. Scott Sorrels (JD ’84) received the 2011 Silver Buffalo Award, the Boy Scouts of America’s highest commendation. The award is given to individuals who contribute noteworthy and extraordinary youth service on a national basis. Aaron Johnson (JD ’99) of Austin, Texas, won the Leader ISD Place 6 school board seat. He works as the sales director for Austin-based Bazaarvoice. Jadun McCarthy (JD ’05) of Atlanta was named Georgia’s 2012 Teacher of the Year. The Georgia Department of Education selected McCarthy from 154 teachers across the state nominated for the title. Terri Ryan Stewart (BBA ’03, JD ’06) of Atlanta was chosen to be a member on the LEAD Atlanta Class of 2012. LEAD is an initiative of Leadership Atlanta, the oldest sustained community leadership program in the nation. Stewart is an associate with Atlanta-based Fisher & Phillips LLP.

Public and International Affairs

W. Bartley Hildreth (DPA ’79) is the dean of Georgia State University’s Andrew Young School of Policy Studies. Valerie Hepburn (PhD ’06) of Brunswick was named one of the four 2011 Power Women in Georgia by Georgia Trend magazine. Hepburn has served as president of College of Coastal Georgia since 2009.

Social Work

Capt. Philip S. McRae (MSW ’86) of Ft. Stewart is chief of the department of behavioral medicine at Winn Army Community Hospital and is the team commander of National Disaster Response Mental Health Team number four of the Office of Force Readiness and Deployment of the U.S. Public Health Service. Evelyn Wynn-Dixon (MSW ’95) of Riverdale received the 2011 Business Woman of the Year Award from the Clayton County Chamber of Commerce’s Women in Business Council. Rachelle “Shelly” Hutchinson (MSW ’00) of Lawrenceville received the Outstanding Field Instructor-Gwinnett Award from UGA’s School of Social Work for her role as field practicum supervisor for BSW and MSW student interns from UGA.

Veterinary Medicine

Walter C. Cottingham (DVM ’61) received the Distinguished Veterinarian of the Year Award from the South Carolina Association of Veterinarians. Steve Bowen (DVM ’71) was awarded the Silver Buffalo Award, the highest award given by the Boy Scouts of America for distinguished service to youth on a national basis, at the national annual meeting held in San Diego. India Lane (DVM ’88) of Knoxville, Tenn., is the assistant vice president of academic affairs and student success for the University of Tennessee. Jason Eisele (BS ’96, DVM ’02) purchased Specialists in Veterinary Surgery (SVS) in Estero, Fla. SVS is a small animal referral practice specializing in orthopedic, oncologic, neurologic and soft tissue surgical care. His wife, Melissa Johnson Eisele (BBA ’97) will serve as co-owner and practice manager. Emily Hoppmann (DVM ’05) of Columbia, S.C., bought Elgin Veterinary Clinic in Elgin, S.C. The clinic specializes in small animal and exotic animal medicine and surgery.