Berry gets $2M for leader cen­ter

Rome News-Tribune - - EDITORIALS AND OPINION -

Berry Col­lege has re­ceived a $2 mil­lion gift to fund the di­rec­tor­ship of the grow­ing Berry Cen­ter for In­tegrity in Lead­er­ship.

The gift was made by John Ed­ward Sims, a re­tired Union Pa­cific ex­ec­u­tive and res­i­dent of Flower Mound, Texas, in mem­ory of his late par­ents, Berry alumni Elvin and Fleta Pat­ter­son Sims. It hon­ors the char­ac­ter and in­tegrity ex­hib­ited by th­ese two life­long ed­u­ca­tors and the im­por­tant role Berry played in their lives.

“One day it just oc­curred to me: Why don’t I do some­thing for Berry? Berry played a key role in our fam­ily. Ev­ery­thing we are grew out of it,” Sims said.

Sims’ par­ents met as stu­dents on the North Ge­or­gia cam­pus. The cou­ple mar­ried af­ter grad­u­at­ing from Berry in 1935 and pur­sued ca­reers as ed­u­ca­tors, ded­i­cat­ing their lives to qui­etly shap­ing the char­ac­ter of their own chil­dren and count­less oth­ers in Ge­or­gia’s Turner and Dooly coun­ties.

“We are grate­ful for Ed Sims’ vi­sion and de­sire to honor his par­ents in a way that rec­og­nizes their life-chang­ing ex­pe­ri­ence at Berry,” Pres­i­dent Steve Briggs said. “Be­cause of his gen­eros­ity, gen­er­a­tions of emerg­ing lead­ers will be asked to think deeply about is­sues of con­vic­tion and char­ac­ter as part of their Berry ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Among many im­por­tant re­spon­si­bil­i­ties, the new di­rec­tor will work with fac­ulty to infuse course­work re­lated to per­sonal in­tegrity and lead­er­ship into ev­ery ma­jor and de­velop tools and train­ing for stu­dents to prac­tice eth­i­cal prob­lem-solv­ing. The col­lege ex­pects to fill the po­si­tion in 2018.

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Steve Briggs

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