Three New Trustees Elected


Published originally in the Summer 2010 issue of Berea College Magazine

In June, Berea College elected three new trustees to six-year terms.

Attorney Tyler S. Thompson, ’83, is a senior partner with the Louisville firm of Dolt, Thompson, Shepherd, Kinney & Wilt. Thompson, who was an alumni trustee from 2003-’09, earned his bachelor’s at Berea College and a Juris Doctorate from the University of the Louisville School of Law. He is an often-honored attorney who is a member of the Inner Circle of Advocates, an invitation-only organization limited to 100 U.S. lawyers.

A partner at Hamlin Capital Management and member of the Bond Purchasers Association, Joseph J. Bridy holds a bachelor’s in Finance and Economics from Bucknell University and a master’s in finance from the Johnson School of Management at Cornell University. Bridy started the Cornell Johnson Business School/Berea College program in 2003, where Berea students receive career guidance from Johnson School MBA students and alumni.

Jerry B. Hale, ’73, retired vice president of information technology (IT) and chief information officer with the Eastman Chemical Company, was also selected as an alumni trustee. In addition to serving as founder and member of the Chemicals Information Technology Center and chairman of the Chemical Industry Data Exchange, he has served in various IT advisory positions. Hale graduated from Berea College with a bachelor’s in mathematics.

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