Mercer University and Wesleyan College have made the list of the Princeton Review’s 2012 Best 376 Colleges.
Both schools, noted for their academic offerings, are included among the top 15 percent of four-year colleges in the U.S. and three outside the country.
Mercer has been included on the list for nine consecutive years, according to a school news release.
The book’s profile on Mercer describes it as a “school on the rise,” based on the school’s academics, curriculum and alumni loyalty.
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The school also was included on two student life rankings: 13th in the category “Everybody Plays Intramural Sports” and 20th in “Future Rotarians,” a category based on political persuasion, prevalence of religion and popularity of student government.
Wesleyan was included in the book as a Best Southeastern College, according to a news release from the school.
The college also made the list of four student life rankings: 13th for “Class Discussion Encouraged,” as well as third among “Stone Cold Sober Schools,” sixth for low beer usage and 9th for low hard liquor usage.
New dean named for FVSU agriculture college
Fort Valley State University’s College of Agriculture, Family Sciences and Technology has a new dean.
The appointment of Govind Kannan, previously the college’s interim dean, took effect last week, according to an announcement from school officials.
“Dean Kannan is a team builder, as well as an excellent administrator with a solid vision. I have no doubt that he possesses the skills necessary to bring his plans to fruition,” Vice President for Academic Affairs Julius Scipio said in a news release.
Kannan has been part of the university’s faculty since 1997.
He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in veterinary science from Tamil Nadu Agricultural University in India and a doctorate in poultry science from the University of Maryland.
Byron educators promoted
Two educators from Byron Middle School have received promotions.
Assistant Principal Jeff Bell dropped the assistant from his title, following approval from the Peach County Board of Education last week.
He replaces Annette Ross, who was promoted to executive director for teaching and learning.
Both Bell and Ross held their previous positions since 2009.