Berea College Board of Trustees Elects Two Members

The Berea College Board of Trustees has elected Megan Torres of Alexandria, Va., and Cassie Helen Chambers Armstrong of Louisville, Ky., to serve on the Berea College Board of Trustees.

Morgan Torres

Berea College Trustee Morgan Torres

After graduating from Berea College in 2009 with a degree in Business Administration, Torres returned to her home state of Virginia, where she worked at the National Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) within the U.S. Department of Agriculture. While there, she focused on a variety of projects, including contracting system administration, policy, training/certification management and performing market research for micro purchases.

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Berea President Lyle Roelofs announces retirement

Pres. Lyle Roelofs with First Lady Laurie Roelofs and First Dog

Berea College President Lyle Roelofs and First Lady Laurie Roelofs pose for a photo in front of the President’s Home with the First Dog.
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College’s ninth leader will serve through June 2023

President Lyle Roelofs

Photo by Chris Radcliffe

Berea College President Lyle Roelofs has announced his decision to retire, effective June 30, 2023. Roelofs arrived in Berea with his wife, Laurie, in 2012 to serve as the institution’s ninth president. From the very beginning, the Board of Trustees has been consistently impressed and pleased with their adoption of all things Berea and their broad success. The Berea College community is thankful to have worked side by side with Lyle and Laurie for what will be 11 years.

“It has been an honor and so very satisfying to have served Berea College as its ninth president,” President Roelofs said. “Everything about this school, from its transformative mission to the wonderful students, staff, faculty, alumni and friends, have made this such a privilege for Laurie and me.”

“The Board of Trustees and I are truly grateful for Lyle and First Lady Laurie Roelofs’ tremendous service to Berea College, and we are thankful for their longevity of service,” said Board Chair Stephanie Zeigler. “Their timing was remarkably fortuitous, and given their steady and thoughtful leadership throughout the unimaginable challenges brought on by COVID-19, Berea College is in a place of strength. Lyle’s early announcement regarding his retirement allows us ample time and a competitive edge for our search.”

Throughout his tenure, Roelofs has stayed true to the remarkable and unique mission of Berea College, leading in significant ways that have transformed the campus and elevated the college’s national profile.

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Donna J. Dean and Charles Crowe Elected as Berea College Trustees

Donna J. Dean, Ph.D. and Charles Crowe were elected to serve on the Berea College Board of Trustees for six-year terms beginning immediately through June 30, 2027. Crowe previously served a six year term as alumni trustee from 2014-2020.

Donna Dean, Berea College Trustee

Donna J. Dean, Ph.D.

Dean’s career has included various positions in scientific research and administration. Most recently, she was an executive consultant to the Association for Women in Science in Washington, D.C. Previously, Dean was senior science advisor for Lewis-Burke Associates LLC and senior scholar in residence for the National Academy of Engineering. She served in various capacities for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Bethesda, Md., including senior advisor for engineering in the office of the director; acting (and founding) director of the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering; senior scientific advisor to the director; and several positions for the Center for Scientific Review/Division of Research Grants, NIH. Dean also was a consumer safety officer for the Division of Food Additives and Veterinary Drugs for the United States Food and Drug Administration, DHHS, Washington, D.C. She also has held laboratory and faculty-based positions as a research chemist for the National Institute of Arthritis, Metabolic Diseases and Diabetes NIH and as a visiting research fellow in the department of biology at Princeton University.

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William L. Robbins Elected as Berea College Trustee

William L. RobbinsWilliam L. Robbins was elected to serve on the Berea College Board of Trustees for a six-year term beginning immediately through June 30, 2027.

For 26 years Robbins has been with Capital Group, an American financial services company, where he serves as a partner and equity portfolio manager. He is the principal investment officer of Capital Group Private Client Services, the American Mutual Fund and the Global Insights Fund. He also serves on the portfolio coordinating group for Capital International Investors and the Capital Solutions Group. He is a director of the American Mutual Fund, Investment Company of America, AMCAP Fund and Global Balanced Fund and previously served on the Board of the Capital Group Companies. Earlier in his career at Capital, Robbins was an equity investment analyst. Before joining Capital, Robbins was a part of the investment team at Tiger Management Corp. in New York and a financial analyst with Morgan Stanley.

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Bill Daugherty Begins Term as Berea College Trustee

Bill Daugherty profileWilliam S. (Bill) Daugherty was elected in April to serve on the Berea College Board of Trustees for a term beginning July 1.

A 1976 Berea College alumnus and recipient of Berea’s 2017 Distinguished Alumnus Award, Daugherty is a co-founder and serves as a Managing Partner of BlackRidge Resource Partners LLC, an independent exploration and production company with oil and gas production in Kentucky, Illinois, Texas, Oklahoma and Wyoming.

“As an alumnus, I have always been grateful for the opportunities Berea College afforded me and the solid foundation I received for my future,” said Daugherty.  “I look forward to giving back by serving as a contributing member of the Board of Trustees.”

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Samantha Shawn Earp Elected to Berea College Board of Trustees

Samantha Earp

Samantha Shawn Earp

Samantha Shawn Earp was elected to serve on the Berea College Board of Trustees for a six-year term.

Earp is vice president of information technology and chief information officer at Smith College, where her responsibilities include oversight of the college’s IT environment and management of the central IT organization. She also serves as a member of the president’s cabinet.

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Emmanuel A. Tuffuor ’88 Elected to Berea College Board of Trustees

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Emmanuel A. Tuffuor ’88

Emmanuel A. Tuffuor ’88, CPA, was elected to serve on the Berea College Board of Trustees on April 13, 2019. His six-year term will run through June 30, 2025.

Tuffuor is the Head of Private Equity Business Development for the Americas and Global Head of Tax for Apex Fund Services, where his responsibilities include expanding the private equity fund administration business in the Americas as well as developing a comprehensive tax strategy to serve existing and future clients.

“It is a great honor and privilege to serve such a wonderful and historic institution that has changed so many lives and has a very special place in our hearts and lives,” Tuffuor said. “I look forward to serving and contributing to the progress of Berea College and continuing to fulfill the great commitments that has made Berea College unique in American education.”

From 1996 until March 2018, Tuffuor was with KPMG, LLP in New York, where he was a senior partner. He served as partner-in-charge of the Alternative Investment Tax Practice, one of the firm’s priority industries. He previously was associated with Coopers & Lybrand LLP and Deloitte & Touche LLP.

Tuffuor has provided leadership as a member of the Board of Directors of KPMG LLP, partner-in-charge of the Metro New York Alternative Investments Tax Practice and National Industry Tax Leader for the Asset Management Practice. He has extensive experience with strategic acquisitions including serving on the due diligence and post-acquisition integration team relating to KPMG’s acquisition of a regional accounting firm.

Throughout his career, Tuffuor has been active in professional associations, including the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the New York State & Maryland Society of Certified Public Accountants and the Wall Street Tax Association. He has authored and co-authored industry-related articles, taught courses on taxation of hedge funds and investment partnerships and served as panelist at numerous industry seminars.

A resident of Plainsboro, New Jersey, Tuffuor’s undergraduate education was at Berea College, where he earned a BA degree in economics and BS degree in business administration. He holds an MA in economics from Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia and a MAcc in taxation from the J.M. Tull School of Accounting at the University of Georgia.

Berea College Board of Trustees Elects Three New Members

Diane Artist Wallace, Miriam (Mim) R. Pride and Ken Koh have been elected to the Berea College Board of Trustees. Their new terms will begin July 1, 2018.

Diane Artist Wallace

Diane Wallace

Wallace is an independent contract editor for Kinesis-Cem, a market research company with which she has worked since 2007. Much of her career has been associated with the Social Security Administration (SSA). She also was district manager for the SSA in Montana from 2001 to 2007. Previously, Wallace served as program manager for programmatic training at the SSA’s Office of Training headquarters in Maryland, a production coordinator for the SSA’s Distance Learning Training Studio in Georgia, a systems coordinator for SSA in Alabama, and various technical and claims representative positions for the SSA in Kentucky and Alabama. Continue reading Berea College Board of Trustees Elects Three New Members

Robert Hawks Elected to Board of Trustees

Robert F. Hawks, vice president for advancement at Woodward Academy in College Park, Georgia, the largest independent, college preparatory day school in the continental United States, was elected to Berea College’s board of trustees during the board’s May 2012 meeting. Hawks was appointed to a six-year term to begin July 1. Continue reading Robert Hawks Elected to Board of Trustees

Berea College Elects New Trustee

Scott Caldwell, senior vice president and chief supply chain officer with Ascension Health, the nation’s largest not-for-profit healthcare organization, was elected to Berea College’s board of trustees during the board’s February 2012 meeting. Caldwell was appointed to a six-year term to begin immediately. Continue reading Berea College Elects New Trustee

Berea College Names Ninth President

The Berea College Board of Trustees has named Lyle D. Roelofs as the ninth president of the college. Dr. Roelofs currently serves as provost and dean of the faculty (on leave), and professor of physics at Colgate University. He will succeed current Berea president, Larry D. Shinn, who will retire on June 30, 2012.

“I am very honored to have been elected as Berea College’s ninth president,” Dr. Roelofs stated. “I have great admiration for Berea’s historic and continuing identity as an interracial, coeducational institution; for its enduring focus on the Appalachian region; and for educating talented students who have economic need. Berea is a strong academic institution, whose foundational Great Commitments provide a compelling vision for all who aspire to become part of its community. Berea’s distinctive heritage and institutional identity deserve wider attention and emulation.”

“We are extremely pleased and fortunate to find a candidate with such a wide range of demonstrated and effective leadership skills as reflected in Dr. Roelofs’ career,” stated Dr. David Shelton, chair of the Berea College Board of Trustees. “Dr. Roelofs’ background and experience have prepared him well for this vital role at Berea College.”

Roelofs is a graduate of Calvin College with a Bachelor of Science degree with honors in physics and mathematics. He earned M.S. and Ph.D. degrees, both in physics, at the University of Maryland and has more than 35 years experience in teaching and research at the University of Maryland, Calvin College, Brown University, Haverford College and Colgate University. He is also an experienced administrator, having served as associate provost at Haverford College, as provost and dean of faculty, and as interim president at Colgate University. A number of U.S. and international institutions have tapped Roelofs for visiting appointments and fellowships, such as the Sandia National Laboratory; the Fritz-Haber Institut in Berlin; University of Munich; Technical University Clausthal-Zellerfeld; and Universität Ulm.

Dr. Roelofs’ academic and scholarly research has resulted in substantial grants from such organizations as the Research Corporation, Pew Mid-Atlantic Cluster, and the National Science Foundation. Other honors include the Humboldt Research Fellowship and the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation Teaching Fellowship.  He held an endowed faculty chair at Haverford College as distinguished professor of computational science.

Dr. Roelofs has many accomplishments in research and pedagogy, numerous publications in refereed professional journals, as well as invited papers and presentations at national and international seminars and colloquia. Beyond his academic interests, Dr. Roelofs enjoys reading, running (for exercise and the occasional distance race), cooking, and various outdoor activities including bird watching, camping and hiking. He and his wife Laurie have two sons, both of whom are in graduate school.

“During our visits to the campus, my wife Laurie and I have been impressed by the warmth of the Berea community, the energy and quality evident in all of the college’s undertakings, and the beauty of its campus and natural setting,” Dr. Roelofs stated. “We very much look forward to becoming more acquainted with the campus community, the City of Berea, and to investing ourselves fully in Berea’s special relationship with southern Appalachia.”

The college’s trustees began the presidential search process earlier this year when current Berea College president, Dr. Larry D. Shinn, announced his pending retirement effective June 30, 2012. Shinn became Berea’s eighth president in 1994. A search committee, comprised of a diverse mix of college students, staff, faculty and trustees, worked since the spring reviewing applications from a wide field of more than 120 candidates and nominees, many of whom were former or current college presidents and administrative officers.

“We were gratified by the strong interest to the Berea presidential opportunity, the diverse range of nominators and potential candidates, and the many ways in which these responses affirm Berea College and our mission,” stated Elizabeth (Libby) Culbreth, Co-chair of the search committee, former chair, current trustee, and a Berea alumna. Nancy Blair, co-chair of the search committee and trustee added, “We had an abundance of superbly-qualified candidates applying for the Berea presidency which is a testament to the college’s unique place in American higher education.”

During its 156-year history, Berea College has had only eight presidents. Since its founding by Kentuckian John G. Fee, an abolitionist, preacher, and educator, Berea has been guided by the welcoming and inclusive words of the Apostle Paul, “God has made of one blood all peoples of the earth” (Acts 17:26). These words, which serve as the college’s motto, have guided Berea in building a strong liberal arts program of national reputation, while maintaining its commitment to the Appalachian region, to interracial education and to the equality of all women and men from all nations.

“Dr. Shinn’s upcoming retirement culminates a recent period of intensive planning designed to deal, in part, with the new economic realities facing all of higher education,” stated Chair Shelton. “Dr. Roelofs will be asked to strategically and creatively lead a program of ‘Engaged and Transformative Learning’ in a significantly restructured academic model. Berea will continue to stay true to its inspiring mission and vision while encouraging exploration of energetic new initiatives that are consistent with its Great Commitments.”

Berea Councilman and President of Delta Gas Elected to Berea College Board of Trustees

Glenn Jennings, chairman of the board, president and chief executive officer of Delta Natural Gas Company, was elected to Berea College’s board of trustees during the board’s February 2011 meeting. Jennings was appointed to a six-year term to begin immediately. Continue reading Berea Councilman and President of Delta Gas Elected to Berea College Board of Trustees

”Professional Volunteer” and Berea College Friend Kate Ireland Dies

Kate IrelandNoted philanthropist and volunteer, Kate Ireland passed away at her home at Foshalee Plantation in northern Florida on Feb. 15, 2011. She was 80 years old. A memorial service will be held in Thomasville, Georgia, at All Saints Episcopal Church on Friday, March 4, at 4 p.m. Continue reading ”Professional Volunteer” and Berea College Friend Kate Ireland Dies

Gene Parr, ’49, and Joan Parr, ’48 Return the Gift of a Lifetime

Alumni Gene and Joan Parr display an undeniable enthusiasm when discussing Berea. Memories of the campus in the 1940s abound, but the couple focuses most of Berea’s influence in creating purposeful lives. Continue reading Gene Parr, ’49, and Joan Parr, ’48 Return the Gift of a Lifetime