Brewton-Parker College names Hammett new Newnan director
By Kristian Hammond, The Times-Herald
NEWNAN—When Janie Lore recently retired from the director's position at the Brewton-Parker College Newnan campus, Courtney Parker volunteered for the position on an interim basis until the new director, Tim Hammett was hired.
"They needed someone to take over," Parker said. "And Janie Lore urged me, so I volunteered."
Tim Hammett is a graduate of Brewton-Parker College class of 2010 and the pastor of White Oak Baptist Church.
"I live in Sharpsburg and graduated from Brewton-Parker. My time on the Newnan Campus was life-changing," Hammett explained. "The moment I graduated I knew I wanted to give back to it. I saw that Janie was retiring on the website and after I talked to her I applied for the job. I never anticipated I would get it."
Hammett is enjoying his time as the director of Brewton-Parker Newnan Campus, though he and Parker are in the transitional, learning process.
"I am eager to learn the ropes," added Hammett. "I love that it's really all about people. It gives me the opportunity to do something ministry-related for the untraditional students that come here looking for an education. They have no idea how much Brewton-Parker will have on their lives."
The recent interim director, Courtney Parker, was born and raised in Newnan. She graduated with the 2006 Class of Northgate High School, and the 2010 class of Brewton-Parker College.
"I was at the Mount Vernon campus my freshman year, but I came home when I realized they didn't have the program I wanted," Parker explains. "But then I realized they had a satellite campus in Newnan. So I went there for Christian Studies, and then back to the main campus to get my degree in English."
While she was attending Brewton-Parker, she also worked for the school in the recruitment and admissions department.
"I came home to work at the Newnan campus for a while, but when they told me they needed a director for the program, I wasn't so sure. But when Janie urged me, I took the position. When Tim was hired on as the new director, I went back to the job they originally hired me for as the admissions counselor."
While getting her degree Parker also worked for the college, as well as a coffee shop on Newnan's Court Square on the weekends. She has maintained her part-time job. She attends Ramah First Baptist Church in Palmetto. Her father owns Promotional Graphics, where her mom also works, and she has a brother who is going to Northgate and a sister who is going to Madras Middle School.
Hammett and Parker are working together at the Brewton-Parker Newnan Campus to recruit nontraditional students and traditional students while also building bridges with local churches and businesses to get the word of the college out. They are gaining experience and transitioning well with on-job training, and are eager for the upcoming school year.
Brewton-Parker College is a private, Baptist college in southeast Georgia in Mount Vernon with a satellite campus in Newnan. The campus offers night classes to nontraditional students and has been serving students in the Coweta area for about eight years. They offer programs lasting eight to 16 weeks with degrees ranging from Christian ministry to a bachelor's of business.
(This article was originally published in The Times-Herald in Newnan, Ga., Monday, August 08, 2011.)