Education notebook: Macon native to lead Morehouse medical school

July 7, 2013 

Morehouse School of Medicine President John E. Maupin Jr. will be retiring in a year, and Macon native Valerie Montgomery Rice will take the reins from him.

Rice, a Harvard-educated obstetrician and gynecologist, will become CEO of the school in July 2014. She was named executive vice president and dean in 2011. She will retain the position of dean when she becomes president next year.

Rice will become the nation’s first black woman to lead a free-standing medical school as chief executive officer, according to a statement from the school.

In 2010, the school’s board of trustees approved a new leadership structure that would merge the roles of dean and president upon Maupin’s retirement.

Rice, an infertility expert, has served in several leadership positions at some of the nation’s most prestigious academic and health institutions. She received an undergraduate degree in chemistry from Georgia Tech, a medical degree from Harvard Medical School and completed her training in obstetrics and gynecology at Emory University Medical School and reproductive endocrinology and infertility at Hutzel Hospital in Detroit.

Miller wins national award

Catherine L. Miller, of Warner Robins, was named the recipient of the F. Gerald Ham Scholarship given by the Society of American Archivists. The award will be presented in August in New Orleans. The award is valued at $7,500.

Miller is a graduate student in the master of archival studies program at Clayton State University in Morrow. Miller, the 2004 Warner Robins High School valedictorian, was profiled in The Telegraph four years ago after she won an award for her research into the 1922 lynching of John “Cocky” Glover near Macon.

Perry students awarded scholarships

The Perry Kiwanis Club recently awarded its annual scholarships to two local students. Seth Schofill, a 2013 graduate of Perry High School, and Jessica Grace Springer, a 2013 graduate of The Westfield School, are the recipients, according to a news release.

The scholarship is designed to pay $1,500 per year during the next four years. Students are selected on a basis of scholastic achievement, extracurricular activity and financial need. They are required to maintain a 3.0 grade point average and be a full-time student to keep the award all four years, according to the release.

Schofill will attend Georgia Tech and pursue a degree in biomedical engineering. Springer is pursuing a degree in early childhood education at Georgia College & State University.

Bibb launches back-to-school site

The Bibb County school system is releasing information on dress codes, school supply lists and open house dates for next school year. Information for the 2013-14 school year may be found through a headline link on the school system’s home page, or directly at

Help for Bibb students needed

The Bibb County school system hopes to partner with more businesses, churches and community organizations that could help collect school supplies for the 2013-14 school year. Many students’ families don’t have the resources to buy everything that’s needed, and many times teachers fill that need. Anyone willing to host a school supply donation box at their site can contact Kim Pelt at (478) 765-8548 or email

Help plan Title I program

Bibb County schools’ Title I program is inviting parents, guardians and community members to attend planning sessions for the Flexible Learning Program. Planning sessions are scheduled for 9 a.m., noon and 6 p.m. July 15 at the district’s Welcome Center, 2003 Riverside Drive, Macon. The Flexible Learning Program is aimed to help students with the greatest academic needs. Eligible schools are Burghard, Hartley, Ingram-Pye and King-Danforth elementary schools; Howard, Miller and Weaver middle schools; and Westside High School. For more information about the planning sessions of the Flexible Learning program, call the Title I department at (478) 765-8582.

Boys & Girls Clubs seek school supplies

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Georgia are seeking school supplies to help disadvantaged youth in the next school year. Donations may be made at local Staples stores, including 4658 Presidential Parkway in Macon and 2726 Watson Boulevard in Warner Robins.

Telegraph staff writers Mike Stucka, Jenna Mink and Oby Brown contributed to this report.

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