|Photos from Alumni Weekend 2011
|Former Dean Richard Ingram and food service
supervisor Yetiva Hill were honored.
|Read the text of the presentation
by Paul Cushman by clicking here.
Read the text of the presentation
by Nan Barnette by clicking here.
Oliver Welch is a 1952 graduate of the Martha Berry School for Boys who
attended Berry College and received his doctoral degree from Georgia
State University. He has distinguished himself in service to several Georgia
governors and earned professional designations in numerous fields,
including urban planning (AIP), accounting (CPA), law (JD), real estate
(CPM) and financial planning (CFP).
Early in his career, Mr. Welch assisted in the establishment of Georgia’s
first statewide budget bureau and was responsible for a report, “Georgia’s
Greatest Investment – Education,” that helped lead to changes in the state’
s education funding formula and the reorganization of the Georgia
Department of Education (GDE). Before the age of 30, he found himself
serving as deputy superintendent of the reorganized GDE.
At 31, Mr. Welch was tasked with establishing Georgia’s first statewide
planning agency, recruiting a diverse group of more than 100 professionals
from throughout the nation to act as a "think tank" for the governor’s office.
Later, he served as the first director of Georgia’s Bureau of Community
Affairs and was chairman of the governor’s computer advisory board.
As his career progressed, Mr. Welch served in executive management
positions in several public and private corporations and established his own
wealth management corporation. He also served on the faculty of several
universities and provided leadership for numerous civic organizations,
among them the Northwest Council of the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce
(which he served as president), the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce and the
Buckhead Business Association.
Most recently, the Atlanta resident co-authored the first book on the history
of the financial planning profession, to be published later this year by John
Wiley & Sons as part of the 40th anniversary of the profession.
|Oliver Welch, Class of 1952
Winner of the 2009 Distinguished Achievement Award
|Rec Center Named For Coach Thornton
|On July 29, 2011 the Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation Authority named the
new activities building in North Floyd Park the "Bill Thornton Recreation Center".
Coach Thornton was at Berry Academy from 1969 through 1976. He also
served as Dean of Students for several years. Read more about the event and
see photos of his former Berry players who attended the event by clicking here
or click the photo above.
|Bob Williams, Class of 1962, Inducted
Into Rome-Floyd Sports Hall of Fame
On February 27, 2012 Bob was inducted into the Rome-Floyd Sports Hall of Fame for
his meritorious community service. As an adult Bob began to broadcast local high
school basketball games as well as Berry College basketball games which he
continues to do today. For many years he has generously donated vans from his car
dealership for Berry teams to use for away games. It is for his service to the community
and to Berry College athletics that he was inducted into the Hall of Fame on the night of
February 27, 2012 at the Krannert Center on the Berry campus. Three others from the
local community were also inducted that night. Bob is the first Berry High School or
Berry Academy graduate to be inducted into the Rome-Floyd Sports Hall of Fame.
Former Berry High School and Berry Academy coaches that are members of the Hall of
Fame are Branch Bragg, Jerry Shelton and Bill Thornton. (Photo is courtesy of the Rome