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Matthew Spangler (PhD ’06) of Friend, Neb., was named one of the Top 10 industry leaders under the age of 40 by Cattle Business Weekly. Spangler is an assistant animal science professor and beef genetics specialist for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension.

Arts & Sciences

Joseph P. Hester (PhD ’73) of Claremont, N.C., was appointed to the editorial board for the Journal of Values-Based Leadership published by the College of Business Administration at Valparaiso University. Sandra J. Jordan (MA ’80, PhD ’91) of Haddock, who is provost and vice president of academic affairs at Georgia College & State University, was named chancellor of the University of South Carolina Aiken. Steven Mark Van Wieren (BS ’93, MS ’95) of Cumming joined Ultimate Software as their principal statistician and lead data scientist. Dimon Kendrick-Holmes (MA ’96) of Columbus was named vice president and executive editor of the Ledger-Enquirer. Michallene McDaniel (MA ’96, PhD ’11) was named to the Princeton Reviews’ top 300 list of the nation’s best professors. She is an associate professor of sociology at Gainesville State College. Edward Valeev (PhD ’00) received the $75,000 Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award from the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation. The award supports young faculty of exciting potential or early accomplishment who have demonstrated commitment to education. Daniel Guyton (MFA ’04) of Fayetteville wrote the play “ATTIC,” presented in the Atlanta Fringe Festival in May. Guyton’s play won the Kennedy Center/ACTF Short Play Award in 2004. The play was directed by fellow UGA alum Joelle Arp Dunham (MFA ’04) and starred Scotty Gannon (MFA ’09).


George Slusser (MBA ’79) of Blue Ridge was named executive vice president of business development for Xceligent, a nationwide provider of commercial real estate information. Lance Nail (PhD ’96) of Lubbock, Texas, was named dean of Texas Tech’s Rawls College of Business.


Sherman R. Day (EdD ’67) of Dawsonville is stepping out of retirement to serve as the executive director of University Center-GA 400, an instructional center being developed jointly by North Georgia College & State University and Gainesville State College. J. Wayne Fears (MEd ’71) of Owens Cross Roads, Ala., was inducted into Garry Mason’s Legends of the Outdoors Hall of Fame for his success as a master outdoorsman and nationally acclaimed outdoor writer. Charles “Chuck” R. Anderson (BSA ’74, MEd ’75) of Appling won the Conservation Educator of the Year Award from Columbia County Soil and Conservation for his work maintaining Harlem High School’s agriculture program. Patricia White Widdowson (MEd ’75) of Pilot Mountain, N.C., was appointed to the board of trustees for Surry Community College. Dorothy Ann Battle (MEd ’83, EdD ’87) of Statesboro retired as professor of educational psychology from Georgia Southern University after 22 years of service. Nanci Bateman (MEd ’85) of Delmar, N.Y., became a registered/licensed landscape architect and has a firm called EnviroVisions Studio. She was president of the NYS Council of Landscape Architects from 2001-11. Alan Sikes (BSA ’85, MEd ’87) was named Grower of the Year by the Vidalia Onion Committee. Mitchel Loy Barrett (EdS ’86) of Cleveland, Ga., received the Excellence in Education Award from The Piedmont College Alumni Association. He has served as superintendent and principal for the Mountain Education Center for the past five years. Donald Robert Dengel (PhD ’90) of Eden Prairie, Minn., was named to the Scientific Advisory Board for WellBalance, a health organization that runs summer weight loss camps and community outreach programs for adolescents aged 10-20. Pamela Anthony (MEd ’96) of Douglasville is Iowa State University’s dean of students. Anthony previously worked at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Spelman College and Georgia State University. Sanford Chandler (EdD ’96) was honored with the designation president emeritus at Chattahoochee Tech by the state board of the Technical College System of Georgia. Ann Marie Krejcarek (MEd ’96) of Boca Raton, Fla., became president of schools of the Sacred Heart San Francisco. David G. Lorenzi (MA ’98) of Latrobe, Penn., assumed the position of president-elect for the Pennsylvania State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. Lorenzi is an assistant professor in the Department of Health and Physical Education at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where he directs the Special Needs Activity Program. Paul Johnson (MEd ’99, PhD ’11) received the 2012 Gwinnett County School District’s Mary Joe Hannaford Counseling Advocate of the Year Award. Johnson is assistant principal of Peachtree Ridge High School. Jared A. Russell (MA ’99, PhD ’02) received the 2012 Social Justice & Diversity Young Professional Award from the Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. Russell is interim director of student development and associate professor of kinesiology at Auburn University’s College of Education. Bryan Long (BSEd ’95, MEd ’00, EdD ’04) of Jefferson was named principal of Dacula High School, effective April 2. John Cheney Robinson IV (MEd ’00) of Jacksonville, Fla., completed his Ph.D. in administration of higher education at Auburn University in May. Robinson was also named director of baseball for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes in Jacksonville. Don Jenrette Jr. (EdD ’04) of Bonaire attended the Harvard School of Public Health’s effective risk communication training in May. Jenrette is the Air Force Reserve Command’s Drug Demand Reduction Program manager. Kelly Crisp Paynter (BBA ’99, EdS ’04) earned a doctor of education degree from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va. Brian Culp (BSEd ’99, EdD ’05) received the 2012 Mabel Lee Award from the American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. Culp is assistant professor in the School of Physical Education and Tourism Management at Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis. Brant Chesser (MEd ’05) of Spring Hill, Tenn., was selected as Independence High School’s Teacher of the Year. Chesser teaches AP English literature and is chair of the English department. Kim Osborne (PhD ’06) is head of research communications for the Federal Highway Administration at the U.S. Department of Transportation in Washington, D.C. Mike Robison (MEd ’06, EdS ’08) of Loganville was chosen as the new principal for Loganville High School. Erin York (BSEd ’04, MEd ’06) and Michael York welcomed their daughter, Vera June, Oct. 18. Sarah Donaldson (MEd ’07, PhD ’11) of Lookout Mountain was appointed assistant professor of education at Covenant College. Tinisha Parker (BSEd ’00, EdS ’07) was named 2012 Secondary Counselor of the Year. Parker is a counselor with Gwinnett County Online Campus. Stephanie Hawkins Watts (AB ’04, MEd ’07) of Marietta received the Georgia High School Counselor of the Year Award at the Georgia School Counselor Association conference in November. William F. Bishop (EdS ’08) was named principal at Norcross High School by Gwinnett County Schools. He previously served as assistant principal at Duluth High School. Jennifer Frum (PhD ’09) was named vice president for public service and outreach at UGA. Frum is the first female to hold this position and has worked in outreach administration since arriving on campus in 1995. Michael R. Stanton (MEd ’09) of Dacula received the Teacher of the Year Award at Bethesda Elementary School in Lawrenceville. Stanton was also named a top 25 semifinalist in the Gwinnett County Public Schools system. Brandee Appling (EdS ’11) received the 2012 Gwinnett County Middle School Counselor of the Year Award. John W. Mitchell (EdD ’11) was named president and CEO of ICP-Association Connecting Electronics Industries.

Journalism & Mass Communication

Kathy B. Richardson (MA ’83, PhD ’92) of Mount Berry was named Teacher of the Year by the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Small Programs Interest Group.


Otis A. Brumby Jr. (LLB ’65) was honored with the Cobb County Lifetime Achievement Award. Brumby is the publisher of the Marietta Daily Journal and Neighbor Newspapers. William J. Self II (BBA ’71, JD ’74) of Macon plans to retire at the end of 2012. Self served as Bibb County probate judge for 20 years. John Thompson (JD ’78) was honored in Atlanta Magazine’s Georgia Super Lawyers 2012. Thompson was also featured in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2012. Fred Johnson (BBA ’76, JD ’79) of Atlanta was appointed as an administrative law judge with the U.S. Social Security Administration in January 2012. He was assigned to the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review in Greensboro, N.C. D. Albert Brannen (MBA ’82, JD ’82) was honored in Atlanta Magazine’s Georgia Super Lawyers 2012. Ertharin Cousin (JD ’82) of Chicago became executive director of the United Nation’s World Food Program. She was previously the U.S. representative to the U.N. agencies for food and agriculture. Janet E. Hill (JD ’82) was named one of the Top 50 Women Lawyers in Georgia for 2012 by Atlanta Magazine. Hill was also named a Super Lawyer in the employment and labor category. Bert Poston (BBA ’89, JD ’92) of Dalton was named the new district attorney for the Conasauga Judicial Circuit. He has been acting district attorney since former DA Kermit McManus stepped down in January. Tara R. Simkins (JD ’92) of Augusta was selected by WAGT 26 as a Woman to Watch for the positive impact she leaves on the local community. Sarah Clarkson (JD ’93) of Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich., founded Clarkson Law PLLC, with a primary focus on business and real estate transactions. Joan T. A. Gabel (JD ’93) of Columbia, Mo., was named dean of the University of Missouri’s Trulaske College of Business.  Scott E. Hitch (BS ’96, JD ’99) joined the Atlanta office of Burr & Forman LLP as counsel in the firm’s environmental practice group, where he focuses on environmental litigation. Colin McRae (JD ’99) was honored in Atlanta Magazine as a Georgia Super Lawyers 2012 Rising Star. Patrick Millsaps (JD ’00) was named Newt Gingrich’s campaign chief of staff in February. Millsaps is a partner with Hall Booth Smith & Slover P.C. Brian M. Rickman (JD ’01) was appointed to the Board of Public Safety by Gov. Nathan Deal. Lisa Michele Taylor (JD ’01) of Silver Spring, Md., received the Sanctae Crucis Award from the College of the Holy Cross. Todd Stanton (JD ’02) created his own practice, Stanton Law LLC, a law firm focused on the practice of employment law from the employer’s perspective. Terri Stewart (BBA ’03, JD ’06) was honored in Atlanta Magazine as a Georgia Super Lawyers 2012 Rising Star. John P. Jett (JD ’08) of Atlanta was appointed to the national board of the Young Lawyers Division of the Federal Bar Association. Jett is an associate with Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton’s Atlanta office. Katie Sheehan (JD ’08) was elected member-at-large of the Environmental Law Section of the State Bar of Georgia for 2012. Sheehan is a legal fellow at UGA’s River Basin Center.


Virginia Hollingsworth Fleming (PharmD ’06) of Athens is now an associate professor at UGA’s College of Pharmacy after completing a one-year residency at the Medical College of Georgia and a one-year residency at the University of Texas Hospital in Austin. Fleming also heads the college’s clinical program at St. Mary’s Hospital.

Public and International Affairs

Anthony Crotser (MPA ’10) of Atlanta was chosen by Better Homes and Gardens to have his home featured in a special interest publication.

Veterinary Medicine

Billy Myers (DVM ’79) of Good Hope received the Pfizer Animal Health’s Diversity and Inclusion council first annual Customer Diversity and Inclusion Award for his work on the Navajo Indian Reservation. Myers started Countryside Hospital for Animals in Covington. Michael Zager (DVM ’79) of Ellijay was recognized as a Distinguished Alumnus by the Alumni Association of the College of Veterinary Medicine. Zager is a mixed-animal practitioner known for his expertise in camelids. John R. Glisson (DVM ’80, MAM ’83, PhD ’85) of Watkinsville was recognized as a Distinguished Alumnus by the Alumni Association of the College of Veterinary Medicine. Glisson retired in 2011 as head of the UGA Poultry Diagnostic and Research Center.