Mercer elects board chairman, new members

November 24, 2013 

Mercer University’s Board of Trustees elected a new chairman, installed nine new members and elected longtime trustee W. Homer Drake Jr. as a lifetime board member during its recent annual Homecoming meeting, according to a news release.

Atlanta attorney and Mercer law school graduate Richard A. Schneider, former chairman of the board’s executive committee, was elected chairman of the board. Thomas Malone, also a Mercer law school graduate, was elected chairman of the executive committee.

New trustees who began their five-year terms are Heather Darden, corporate counsel at RaceTrac Petroleum in Atlanta; A.V. Elliott, Macon businessman; O. Gene Gabbard, North Carolina businessman; William J. Ireland Jr., senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Dalton; Spencer B. King III, Atlanta physician; Zell Miller, former Georgia governor and U.S. senator; James W. Thomas Jr., Washington attorney; Hugh P. Thompson, chief justice of the Georgia Supreme Court; and Marc Treadwell, a judge in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia from Forsyth.

MGS online programs named most affordable

Middle Georgia State College’s online degree programs have been named the most affordable in the state by It’s the second time this year the college’s online programs have been ranked the most affordable, according to a news release.

The website recently analyzed online degree programs from more than 2,000 colleges and universities across the nation. The college earned the top spot because of a combination of quality, affordability and flexibility, according to a news release.

In September, Middle Georgia State’s online bachelor’s degree in information technology was ranked the nation’s most affordable by the consumer information website

Central Georgia Tech, Georgia College sign agreement

Officials of Central Georgia Technical College and Georgia College & State University recently signed an agreement that will allow students to more easily transfer credits between the two institutions. For now, 27 courses are guaranteed to transfer between the two institutions, according to a news release.

First Presbyterian Day School wins robotics competition

The First Presbyterian Day School robotics team recently took home a first place finish at the region competition in McDonough.

The win for FPD is the first since 2010. FPD will now advance to the state competition Feb. 8 for the first time in school history, according to a news release.

Bibb interim superintendentstarts blog

Interim Bibb County schools Superintendent Steven Smith has started a blog on the district’s website to better communicate with staff and community members.

“I think it’s very important that we maintain open lines of communication with our stakeholders, whether they be educational leaders or teachers in the classroom, students, parents or the community at large,” he said in a news release.

Smith intends to update his blog at least once month. Topics discussed in his first blog post include Channel 17, balanced scorecard, response to intervention, district policies and stakeholder communication, according to the news release.

To view the blog post, visit

Howard dominates programming competition

The top Howard High School teams placed first, third and fifth in Mercer University’s Fall Alice Computer Programming Competition.

In all, 32 teams from as far away as South Dakota competed.

The top team, Howard’s Giant Yellow Tigers, won the competition outright for the fourth consecutive time. The competition takes place in fall and spring.

Team members are Daniel Pham, Nick Carlson, Zach Carlson and Cameron Wright, who is a rookie replacing Chris Cannon, who graduated in May.

Third place overall was taken by the Green Skittles, with team members Erin Rodenroth, Jason Wise, Weijie Zhang and Jeremy Poston. Fifth place overall went to the Eagles, with Alexis Brezial, Trinity Choo, David Dixon and Gregory Render.

Mercer honors alumni

Mercer University recently honored three distinguished alumni during Homecoming 2013. The National Alumni Association presented its three annual awards to Kevin C. Greenaugh, class of 1977; A.V. Elliott, class of 1956; and Amy G. Martin, class of 2005.

Greenaugh, of Maryland, deputy assistant administrator for the Office of Stockpile Management of the National Nuclear Security Administration, received the Distinguished Alumnus Award. Elliott, of Macon, secretary and treasurer of Elliott Machine Shop, received the Meritorious Service Award. Martin, of Marietta, account manager with Silverpop in Atlanta, received the Thomas Sewell Plunkett Young Alumnus Award.

Bibb graduation ceremonies set

Bibb County school board members voted to shift graduation ceremonies to three days, which should make it easier to find parking and get into the ceremonies.

Westside High School will graduate at 7 p.m. May 22. On May 23, Hutchings Career Center students will graduate at 6 p.m., followed by Howard High School students at 8 p.m. Graduations May 24 include 9:30 a.m. for Central High School, 12:30 p.m. for Southwest High School, 2:30 p.m. for Northeast High School and 5 p.m. for Rutland High School.

Writers Jenna Mink and Mike Stucka contributed to this report.

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