BPC welcomes Reese as new Director of Alumni Relations
By Kelley M. Arnold
Interim Director of Marketing
Former Constituent Service Representative for Congressman John Barrow (D-GA), Cynthia Reese, joins Brewton-Parker College’s staff as the new Director of Alumni Relations.
Reese, a 1990 BPC alum, is excited about her new role at the college, and since her arrival in mid-January, she’s already making some important updates to the college’s alumni department.
“I’m looking forward to getting to know other alums,” said Reese. “I am attending my first National Alumni Board meeting Feb. 28, and there, I will hear from the current board and introduce myself on behalf of the college. I am encouraging other alums interested in reconnecting with the college and making a difference at their alma mater to contact me directly.”
She shares a story of one alumnus who contacted her because he needed a copy of his diploma. His was destroyed in a home fire. After speaking with the Registrar’s office, she was able to explain to him the process for securing another copy.
“That’s just one story, and that was my first day here,” she said. “I’m looking forward to being a liaison for our alumni and developing an energetic alumni relations office.
Dr. Lee Cheek, vice president for college advancement, is encouraged by Reese’s enthusiasm and welcomes her to his staff.
“Cynthia's multifaceted gifts and graces will be a great asset to all aspects of our alumni relations and advancement labors,” said Dr. Cheek. “As a talented alumna of Brewton-Parker, she understands the noble heritage of the College, and as a very successful professional person, she can help us achieve our future goals.”
“It’s rewarding to be back on campus,” Reese continued, “and I think a lot of alums will have the same feelings. There are a lot of things that have changed since 1990. We have grown as far as buildings and expanded. It is at once familiar and unfamiliar. I encourage alumni to bring their families back to campus March 20-21 for Alumni Weekend and show their kids where they went to college. I shared my experience with my daughter recently – she’s seven – and we had so much fun. I showed her McAllister Hall and the cafeteria and she really got excited to see where her mommy lived and ate when she was in college. It makes it real to kids. It was hard for me to leave John’s office, but I do love Brewton-Parker and I wanted to feel at home again. And I do. Brewton-Parker is home.”
Reese previously served the 12th Congressional District under Barrow, specifically acting as a liaison between the congressman and the constituents of the western half of “Georgia 12” – nine-and-a half counties. Before joining Barrow’s office, she was a congressional aide to Congressman Jim Marshall, where she also served as grants coordinator. Between 1998 and 2003, Reese worked as a news editor of the Soperton News and as a reporter for the Montgomery Monitor and Wheeler County Eagle newspapers.
Reese earned a bachelor of science in Middle Grades Education from BPC. She concentrated in social science and language arts. She and her husband, Ricky, reside in Soperton with their daughter Kate, whom they adopted from China when she was eight-and-a-half months old. Reese is a native of Emanuel County.
Brewton-Parker College is the only accredited four-year Christian college in south Georgia.