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College Advancement promotes two positions from within BPC staff
Byrd accepts Director of Development; Bull named Director of Alumni Relations
By Kelley M. Arnold
Director of News and Public Information
MOUNT VERNON—Brewton-Parker College’s Office of College Advancement has undergone a few key personnel transitions in the last month, said Vice President for College Advancement Pamela Davis.
Roger Byrd, the former director of alumni relations, has accepted the vacant position of Director of Development, and Shannon Hinely Bull, former assistant to the director of the college’s Fountain-New Library, has taken Byrd’s position in alumni relations.
“We are delighted to have Shannon join us on our staff and to have Roger, who has done an excellent job as alumni director, take on a new role in development for the college,” said Davis. “Shannon’s caring spirit and previous experience working with the trustees and college alumni board make her an ideal candidate to motivate and serve our alumni. Roger has consistently shown his dedication to the college and its alumni, and I’m excited to see the new initiatives he pursues as Director of Development.”
Byrd, a former trustee and BPC graduate, enters his new position with enthusiasm and confidence.
“I am looking forward to meeting new people and telling them what new things Brewton-Parker is doing. I am convinced that people of goodwill will want to be involved with what we are doing,” said Byrd. “We have many growth-related challenges; McAllister Hall, the Hildegard Stanley Music Center, to name a couple. There are also many other opportunities ‘on the drawing board’ that we need to move forward. These challenges are good challenges – wait. That’s an opportunity.”
The former longtime state representative “knows the value of relationships” and wants to help Brewton-Parker strengthen its relationship with the surrounding state and local community. Byrd served as a Georgia state representative from 1980-2002. He also served as chief of staff and House Messenger to then House Speaker Terry Coleman, who joined the college last year as Special Assistant to the President for External Services.
Byrd and his wife, April, have one daughter, Olivia, 11. They reside in Mount Vernon.
“Change is always hard,” added Byrd. “I will really miss the day-to-day contact with our alumni. I met some really great people. I am gratified that someone of Shannon Bull’s caliber has stepped up to the plate to carry on this worthwhile work.”
Shannon Hinely Bull
Shannon Hinely Bull is no stranger to the college’s alumni affairs as she has been an active member of BPC’s National Alumni Board since receiving a bachelor’s degree from the college in 1997, and another in 2000. She and her husband, Barry Bull (’98), a reference librarian at BPC, were named Young Alumni of the Year during March’s Alumni Weekend 2007. Over the years, she has frequently assisted former alumni relations directors with local and regional events, including the college’s annual Alumni and Friends Appreciation Dinner held during the Georgia Baptist Convention – and now she’s excited about taking her turn at the helm.
“I am most looking forward to being able to work with alumni, friends, faculty, staff, administration, trustees and people in and around the community to continue building an alumni society that Brewton-Parker College graduates and those affiliated with the college can be proud of and want to be part of,” explained Bull. “I would like to start by bringing (alumni) back to campus, getting them interested and involved in what we are doing and have done here at Brewton-Parker College and making sure they have fun – possibly even reconnecting with old classmates and making new friends.”
Bull sees her new position as another step toward helping Brewton-Parker College complete its mission of providing an academically excellent undergraduate education in a “nurturing Christian environment”.
“The Fountain-New Library at BPC has been an enormous part of my life for so many years, both as a student and as an employee, and I truly loved and enjoyed my work and the difference I was able to make in the lives of others,” said Bull. “Now, becoming the Director of Alumni Relations is such an honor, and I am so excited and am looking forward to having this wonderful opportunity to serve my alma mater in this capacity, continue to touch and make a difference in the lives of others and begin this new chapter in my life. What a blessing from God.”
The Bulls are expecting their first child in September. They reside in Mount Vernon.