Celeste Patton Armstrong has been elected to the Berea College Board of Trustees at the Board’s recent meeting. Armstrong is an alumna of Berea College.
“I am truly humbled by the appointment, as it is an opportunity for me to continue to serve and give back to the very institution that gave so much to me,” Armstrong said. “My experience at Berea College was transformative and I expect the same with my continued involvement.”
Currently, Armstrong is the Managing Attorney in the Birmingham, AL office of Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company’s Trial Division. Prior to joining Nationwide three years ago, she was Administrative Lead Counsel at Allstate Insurance Company, where she was employed for 13 years. Armstrong worked out of the Birmingham office for the Southern Region – Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee – and maintained a case load, but was primarily responsible for compliance, quality assurance, training and administrative duties. Her practice has always been focused in insurance defense. She had a private legal practice before joining Allstate.
Armstrong earned a B.A. degree from Berea College, Berea, KY, and a Juris Doctorate from Samford University’s Cumberland Law School in Birmingham. She was admitted to the Alabama State Bar in 1995. Other distinctions include being named a CLEO (Council on Legal Education Opportunity) Fellow by the University of Mississippi, obtaining her certification as faculty for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA) and currently serving as faculty for Nationwide. She speaks about legal education for many organizations including the National Business Institute and Cumberland Law School.
Armstrong has been an active volunteer for her alma mater. She served on Berea’s Alumni Executive Council for seven years and is a Past President. She also serves as the Organizer for Birmingham Alumnae. Her civic service includes working with Grace House Ministries as a mentor and speaker as well as table captain of its annual “Hats Off” Luncheon. Armstrong and her husband, Kenneth, are actively involved with both the greeter ministry and a youth ministry at their church. She works with a church ministry “Recycled Blessings” and also serves as a volunteer with the annual MS (multiple sclerosis) Walk. Armstrong has two sons, Kevin and Keeton.
About Berea College:
Berea, the first interracial and coeducational college in the South, focuses on learning, labor and service. Berea charges no tuition, admitting only academically promising students with limited economic resources, primarily from Appalachia. All students must work 10 hours or more weekly, earning money for books, room and board. The College’s motto “God has made of one blood all peoples of the earth, (Acts 17:26)” speaks to its inclusive Christian character, and the quality of its programs ensures that graduates from Berea go on to distinguish themselves and the College in many fields.
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