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									                   The Report of the
                          to the
                     Board of Trustees
                    The Corporation of
                    Mercer University

December 7, 2007
                                               TABLE OF CONTENTS

TABLE OF CONTENTS ................................................................................................... i

AGENDA .........................................................................................................................iii

I. PROVOST.................................................................................................................... 1
   A. Academic Advising ...............................................................................................................6
   B. Academic Resource Center..................................................................................................9
   C. Center for Baptist Studies...................................................................................................12
   D. International Programs .......................................................................................................14
   E. Mercer Commons ...............................................................................................................17
   F. Mercer University Press......................................................................................................19
   G. Office of Institutional Effectiveness ....................................................................................23
   H. Office of the Registrar ........................................................................................................26
   I. Student Affairs .....................................................................................................................29
   J. New Faculty ........................................................................................................................39

II. ACADEMIC PROGRAMS ......................................................................................... 47
   A. College of Liberal Arts ........................................................................................................47
   B. Walter F. George School of Law.........................................................................................52
   C. College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences ........................................................................56
   D. School of Medicine .............................................................................................................59
   E. Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and Economics....................................................64
   F. School of Engineering.........................................................................................................66
   G. James and Carolyn McAfee School of Theology ...............................................................68
   H. Tift College of Education ....................................................................................................71
   I. Georgia Baptist College of Nursing......................................................................................74
   J. College of Continuing and Professional Studies .................................................................77
   K. Townsend School of Music.................................................................................................83
   L. University Libraries .............................................................................................................88

III. OFFICE OF THE SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT—ATLANTA..................................... 95

IV. ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE ......................................................................... 99

V. UNIVERSITY ADVANCEMENT AND EXTERNAL AFFAIRS ................................ 119

VI. ENROLLMENT MANAGEMENT............................................................................ 135

VII. LEGAL AFFAIRS .................................................................................................. 141

VIII. UNIVERSITY MINISTER AND DEAN OF CHAPEL............................................. 145

   A. Mercer University..............................................................................................................149
   B. Walter F. George School of Law.......................................................................................151
   C. College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences ......................................................................152

  D. College of Liberal Arts ......................................................................................................153
  E. Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and Economics..................................................154
  F. School of Medicine ...........................................................................................................155
  G. School of Engineering ......................................................................................................156
  H. College of Arts and Sciences ...........................................................................................157
  I. Tift College Alumnae Association ......................................................................................158
  J. Tift College of Education ...................................................................................................159
  K. James and Caroline McAfee School of Theology.............................................................160
  L. Georgia Baptist College of Nursing...................................................................................161
  M. Townsend School of Music ..............................................................................................162

X. ADVISORY BOARDS ............................................................................................. 163
  A. Walter F. George School of Law Board of Visitors ...........................................................163
  B. College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Board of Visitors ...........................................164
  C. School of Medicine Board of Governors...........................................................................165
  D. Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and Economics Board of Visitors ......................166
  E. National Engineering Advisory Board ...............................................................................167
  F. James and Carolyn McAfee School of Theology Board of Visitors...................................168
  G. Georgia Baptist College of Nursing Board of Visitors.......................................................170
  H. Tift College of Education Board of Visitors .......................................................................171
  I. Macon Steering Committee Executive Forum....................................................................172
  J. Atlanta Steering Committee Executive Forum ..................................................................173
  K. The Grand Opera House Board of Governors..................................................................174
  L. Mercer University Press Board of Directors ......................................................................175

XI. APPOINTMENTS AND STANDING COMMITTEES.............................................. 176

                              BOARD OF TRUSTEES

I.     Call to Order                                            David E. Hudson

II.    Meditation and Invocation                          C. Gregory DeLoach, III

III.   Approval of the Minutes of the April 20, 2007
       Meeting of the Board of Trustees

IV.    Report of the President of the University           William D. Underwood

V.     Matters of Current Business

        1. Report of the University Athletics Committee         W. Homer Drake

        2. Report of the Audit Committee                           David E. Linch

        3. Report of the Educational Policy Committee            W. Louis Sands

        4. Report of the Development Committee                   Robert L. Steed

        5. Report of the Finance, Investment,                    H. Allen Baldree
           and Property Committee

        6. Report of the Executive Committee               William A. Fickling, Jr.

VI.    Recognition and Installation of New Trustees

VII. Appointments of Officers, Standing Committees,
     and Advisory Boards

VIII. Matters of Other Business

IX.    Benediction                                                   Jerry Mahan

X.     Adjournment


                                          I. PROVOST

       The Provost, Dr. Horace W. Fleming, is the chief academic officer of the University.

Reporting to Dr. Fleming is Dr. Scott Davis, senior vice provost for Research and dean of

Graduate Studies; Dr. Peter C. Brown, senior vice provost; Dr. J. Barry Jenkins, vice provost for

Institutional Effectiveness; Dr. Marilyn P. Mindingall, vice provost and University registrar;

Dr. Jay Pendleton, vice provost for Academic Support Services; and Dr. Douglas Pearson, vice

president and dean of students.

Quality Enhancement Plan

       The Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), adopted in 2005 as part of Mercer’s accreditation

by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, has the goal of fostering students’ moral

development and professional character through a focus on professional ethics, service-

learning, and leadership training.

       Following the very successful pilot program held on the Atlanta campus in Spring 2006,

planning is proceeding for a second annual Professional Ethics Symposium in Atlanta. Dr.

Jacquelyn Culpepper (Education) and Dr. Freida Fuller (Nursing) are coordinating the planning

for the next symposium in Spring 2008. This symposium will also include participation by

students and faculty from engineering, law, medicine, and liberal arts, in addition to pharmacy

and health sciences, nursing, education, continuing and professionals studies, theology, and

business and economics.

       The “Professionalism Across the Professions” joint initiative of the QEP and the Mercer

Commons has evolved into a specific educational project for 2007-08. Concentrating on the

idea of “practical wisdom” or phronesis in Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics, the newly established

Phronesis Project at Mercer University will explore how professionals acquire the motivation and

exercise the judgment “to do the right thing in the right way at the right time,” which is Aristotle’s

definition of phronesis. A suite of narrative case studies that raise issues of disability rights and

community inclusion, particularly as they affect public education, will serve as the initial

laboratory for this analysis. In Spring 2008, a two-day workshop for interested faculty from

Mercer’s professional schools will analyze the guiding virtues of decision-making in these cases

from their various professional perspectives. Over Summer 2008, selected participants from the

workshop will then incorporate these results into their course work and pedagogy, as integral to

professional preparation. Dr. Barry Schwartz, Dorwin Cartwright professor of Social Theory and

Social Action at Swathmore College, will serve as a consultant to the Phronesis Project,

bringing his wide experience in moral psychology to the project. Mark Jones, professor of Law

and Mercer Commons fellow, coordinates the planning for this project.

       At a breakfast program on March 26, 2007, several College of Liberal Arts departments

showcased their students’ service-learning projects. Larry Brumley, senior vice president and

chief of staff, commented afterward that “The program...was quite inspirational. I wish the entire

university could have experienced it. As I sat there listening to the students and faculty present

their programs, it underscored to me that this truly is a university with a soul!” Genuine service-

learning is still a relatively new pedagogy that incorporates community service as an integral

element of a curricular design, with reflection and critical thinking directed to the service as an

experience and social action. Annually, as an element of the QEP, a week-long faculty

workshop introduces new faculty to the pedagogy and its purposes. May 14-18, 2007, Dr. Mary

Ann Drake (Interdisciplinary Studies) and Dr. Mary Alice Morgan (English and Women’s and

Gender Studies) led a very successful workshop for eleven faculty from business, engineering,

continuing and professional studies, medicine, education, and liberal arts. Dr. Susan Codone

(Engineering) was enthusiastic in her praise for what she learned: “Working cross-college with

other folks helped me more than I can say. I went from being somewhat skeptical of how

service learning could work in my classes to being an absolute advocate. I also understand it,

finally, in a very real way.” Spring 2007, a total of twenty-five service-learning courses were

offered on the Macon campus. Dr. Drake and Dr. Chris Grant (Political Science) are co-chairs

of the Service-Learning Advisory Board.

       As part of the QEP, the second class of Mercer Service Scholars (MSS) was admitted

this fall on the Macon campus. Eleven first-year students were selected from over 120

applicants because of their academic achievement and demonstrated commitment to leadership

and service. These students had an average high school GPA of 3.853 and an average SAT of

1160. The nineteen students previously admitted under this program (or as Servant Leader

Scholars) have earned an average cumulative GPA at Mercer of 3.015. The MSS program is

overseen by a Leadership Advisory Council, chaired by Jeremy Baham (associate dean of

students) and Dr. Doug Thompson [Interdisciplinary Studies and director of the First-Year

Seminar (Experiential) program].

Summer Sessions

       Summer enrollments in 2007 were up 9.4% over 2006. Macon undergraduate summer

enrollments increased 13.8% with a significant proportion of those enrollments coming from

increased offerings and online courses. Enrollments in online courses offered by Macon

campus undergraduate programs were up 95.8%; registrations for online undergraduate

courses offered by the Regional Academic Centers also increased 35.1%. Seventy-eight

percent of Macon undergraduate faculty who taught an online course in Summer 2007 would

teach one again; the other 22% were undecided. Seventy-one percent of students who

responded to a survey of their satisfaction indicated that they found their online courses

challenging and believed that they had learned as much as they would have in face-to-face

courses. Only 7.4% of these students were not generally satisfied with their summer online

experience. Based on these results, plans for Summer 2008 will include additional online

courses. Summer sessions also offer increasingly important opportunities for faculty-led study

abroad. During Summer 2007, twelve faculty from the Stetson School of Business and

Economics, the College of Liberal Arts, and the College of Continuing and Professional Studies

conducted intensive study tours or service projects in seven countries, from the Czeck Republic

to Spain to Kenya. Ninety-two students participated.

University-Community Partnerships

       Four Mercer students and their instructor forged a new University-community partnership

in Spring 2007. This unusual service-learning experience grew out of a Senior Capstone course

on “The Fate of the City” offered by Dr. Peter Brown, senior vice provost and professor of

Philosophy, in Fall 2006. The four students, all seniors in the College of Liberal Arts, were

Veronica Allen, Kimberly Humphries, Alex Morrison, and Matt Wetherington. At their request

during Spring 2007, Dr. Brown offered a follow-on special topic philosophy course in “The

Philosophy of Persuasion.” The students’ service-learning assignment (and the reason they

had asked for the additional course) was to persuade key members of Macon’s leadership to

implement the ideas generated from the Fall 2006 course. These ideas included the

development of the “College Hill Corridor” between the Macon campus and downtown Macon as

an attractive, walkable, college-town community, through beautification, branding, and retail

nodes. The students argued that not only would this benefit Mercer students and downtown

businesses, but it would also help make Macon more attractive to young professionals and

other members of the “creative class” as a place to live and work. This “brain gain” could in turn

help expand the Central Georgia economy.

       Over Spring 2007 semester, the students sold their ideas to Mercer’s leadership, as well

as to the City of Macon, NewTown Macon, Inc., the Greater Macon Chamber of Commerce, the

John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and the Intown Neighborhood Association. Macon

Mayor C. Jack Ellis of the College Hill Corridor Commission formed a blue-ribbon committee to

pursue planning and funding for the College Hill Corridor. Sarah Gerwig-Moore, a summa cum

laude graduate of the College of Liberal Arts and assistant professor at the Walter F. George

School of Law, was appointed as co-chair of the Commission, along with Kevin Dubose, the

director of the Department of Economic and Community Development for the City of Macon. As

one of the first steps toward realization of these students’ ideas, Mercer will reintroduce retail

restaurant services to the Mercer Triangle Center located across Montpelier Avenue from

Mercer’s Macon campus. Lively neighborhoods with retail services around the Macon campus

will enhance Mercer’s investment in its campus and help attract and retain students, faculty, and


                                    A. Academic Advising

Honors Program

       Following a year of review, the five Macon undergraduate Colleges and Schools made

significant revisions to the Honors Program. For the first time, the Honors Program will be an

interdisciplinary program involving all five Colleges and Schools who will collaborate to provide

course work, cultural activities, and study abroad options in a program aptly named Building a

Community of Global Scholars and Artists.

       Changes in admissions criteria will further enhance revisions to the Honors Program.

Designed to increase the selectivity of the program, these changes will include new application

requirements and a student scholars interview weekend.

First-Year Students

       Over 230 of this fall’s 583 new first-year students indicated interest in pursuing a pre-

health track, primarily pre-pharmacy and pre-medicine fields. The half-time, pre-professional

advisor averages six to eight advising appointments daily and sponsors information sessions for

all pre-health students. Over 150 students attended either a pre-pharmacy, pre-medicine, pre-

dentistry, or nursing information session this fall, and three more sessions are planned for the

spring semester.

New Student Registration and Orientation

       The office received 602 academic profiles for new first-year students prior to opening

day and used those profiles to register each student. Of those 602 students, 525 attended one

of four summer orientations, bringing with them a total of 756 guests. Students’ and parents’

online evaluations of both summer and fall orientations average of 3.5 out of a possible 4.0 with

4.0 being excellent.

University 101: The First-Year Student Experience

       Over 100 academic advisors and student peer advisors gathered the week before Fall

2007 classes began to prepare for first-year student advising and the new student course,

University 101. A new component of the UNV course this fall is the introduction of a service-

learning opportunity. Staff partnered with service-learning faculty to incorporate a course that

allows students to perform service with area school children. The office is providing modest

financial resources for the project or others of the faculty’s choosing. The goal is to introduce

service to all new first-year students in the traditional undergraduate program at Mercer.

       This fall saw the introduction of the inaugural First-Year Fridays series, sessions

designed to assist students further with their transition to Mercer. The topics addressed

diversity, Mercer’s Baptist heritage, and strategies for success in the classroom. Between 100-

150 students attended each session.

       The office is exploring the return of a first-year student text for use in UNV 101.

Conversations are underway with a national publisher regarding the possibility of a first-year

student text specifically tailored for the Mercer student and campus.

Summer Program for New Students

       Eighteen students attended the five-week session designed for students seeking

admission to Mercer. Seventeen of the eighteen students successfully completed the program

and enrolled in the fall. With enhanced academic support and program revisions, the first- to

second-year retention rate of the Summer Program students rose from an average of 64.6% in

years 2001-2004 to 78.6% in 2005 and 87.5% in 2006.

The Sophomore Signature

       Last year’s newly created sophomore program continues this year with increased

programs and campus collaborations. Monthly workshops for students are being offered in

partnership with Career Services and Study Abroad. Monthly academic communiqués are sent

to students and parents via the sophomore listservs. In addition, this year’s Sophomore

Advisory Council is designing FAQs for second-year students prior to advising and registration.

Phi Eta Sigma

       Mercer’s chapter of the first-year student national honor society recognized its 75th

anniversary with a banquet featuring the national organization’s president, Dr. Jack Sagabiel. A

total of 152 students from the 2006 entering class were inducted into the organization.

Retention and Non-Registered Students

        Following spring registration, the office continued to track any students not registered for

fall. Weekly updates of information gleaned from personal contact with these students were

forwarded to appropriate offices, e.g. Financial Aid, for follow-up.

        Retention of first- to second-year students rose to 81% for the Fall 2007 class compared

to 79.5% in 2006. In addition to the academic supports and follow-up systems currently in

place, the office is working with the College of Liberal Arts to pilot a student alert system for first-

year students in Fall 2007.

        Dr. Jay Pendleton will serve with Dr. Scott Davis to chair a retention task force. Drs.

Davis and Pendleton will work with deans of the colleges and schools, Student Affairs,

Enrollment Services, and Administration and Finance to design a comprehensive Macon

undergraduate retention plan.

Office Staff

        Ms. Anemone Beaulier, the pre-professional advisor, left the office at the end of July.

Ms. Benita Wolff assumed the position August 1, 2007.

                                 B. Academic Resource Center

Multi-Program Attendance

        University-wide attendance for Spring 2007 remained strong at the Academic Resource

Center (ARC) with a total of 15,553 student visits distributed as follows: 1,609 visits for tutoring;

2,062 visits to Supplemental Instruction sessions; 6,320 visits to the computer lab; and 5,562 visits

for individual and group study facility use.

Tutoring Program – Main Campus

        During Spring 2007, twenty-seven tutors assisted students in twelve disciplines, as well

as provided writing across the curriculum. During Fall 2007, twenty-nine tutors are on staff to

help Mercer Macon students for a total of 162 hours each week. Attendance this fall remains

high although the primary responsibility for Organic Chemistry assistance moved to the

Supplemental Instruction program.

Supplemental Instruction (SI) Program

          During Fall 2007, the ARC is providing Supplemental Instruction to forty-three

sections of General Chemistry (fourteen), Organic Chemistry (six), Pre-Calculus (six), Calculus

(eleven), and Introductory and General Physics (six). Four excellent SI Leaders are staffing this

semester’s expansion into Organic Chemistry, and recruiting is already underway to add SI

leadership to the tutoring support of the new Introductory Biology sequence in Spring 2008. The

following chart summarizes the averaged grade advantages of students who attended SI

sessions in chemistry, math, or physics.

     Higher Grades                                  21 sections of Chemistry (sections
     earned by SI Attendees                         assigned lecture group averages), Math,
     1/4 grade on average                           11 sections
     1/2 grade on average                           8 sections
     3/4 grade on average                           3 sections
     One whole grade or more on average             2 sections

Late Night Study Facility

        The ARC stayed open until 3:00 a.m., Sunday through Thursday nights during Spring

2007 and starting again in Fall 2007. During Spring 2007, a total of 539 student sign-ins were

recorded between midnight and 3:00 a.m. During the night hours, an average of twenty-one

students studied for at least some period of time after midnight. The highest number of students

attending on a given night was sixty-one.

ARC – Atlanta

        On the Atlanta campus during Spring 2007, six math and writing tutors were available for a

total of forty-four staff hours per week. On-campus tutoring in Atlanta was complemented by the

online writing lab, and visits dipped slightly compared to Fall 2006. As a result, staffing hours were

decreased for Fall 2007. While nursing students took advantage of the online writing lab, they also

accounted for almost 40% of the on-campus writing lab visits. Theology students accounted for

22% of the writing lab visits.

ARC – Regional Academic Centers

        At the Douglas, Henry, and Eastman Regional Academic Centers (RAC) during Spring

2007, eleven professional tutors offered assistance on a drop-in basis. Tutoring attendance at

these locations matched the previous semester tallies despite a loss in Henry staff. In support of

the RAC Adult Learner Orientation Seminars, the ARC administrators conducted study skills

workshops and service overviews at numerous orientations.

Online Tutoring Lab (OWL)

        The ARC’s newest program, the Online Tutoring Lab (OWL), was launched as a pilot in

early Summer 2006. Designed to support both the Regional Academic Centers and the Atlanta

students, the OWL responded to ninety-three submissions in Spring 2007, almost one third

higher than the number of submissions for Fall 2006. Students at the Centers and in Atlanta

have frequently requested non-traditional tutoring help, i.e. online, since their work schedules

often prevent them from attending in-person ARC tutoring. The OWL’s three excellent writing

tutors have received high marks from their tutees and built a loyal student base. Fortunately,

OWL tutors agreed to increase their hours in order to meet the increased online traffic for Fall


College Study Skills

        LSK 186 College Study Skills classes were conducted in Spring 2007. A Quickstart

Guide to study skills was developed and used as a reference tool at workshops and other

presentations, and is now serving as a primer for LSK 185 courses in Fall 2007.

Collaboration with Tift College

        Extended math tutoring hours were requested during Session 2 of Summer 2007 to

support Tift College students studying for the GACE I exam. In response, Jamie Read, the

math tutor working at the Henry ARC, conducted twenty-four hours of GACE tutoring at the

Henry and Douglas Centers. Similar GACE preparation tutoring sessions are being held this

fall, and Dr. William Lacefield plans a GACE-oriented math offering for students studying at the

Atlanta campus.

Upward Bound

        The ARC provided classroom and computer lab facilities for students in the Upward

Bound Program from May 29 – July 5, 2007. These labs allowed for courses in Web design and

computer applications.

Department Staffing

        Ms. Sandra Rosseter retired as director of the ARC on June 30, 2007. Former Assistant

Director, Ms. Jennifer Zimmerman, assumed the position of Director on July 1, and Ms.

Shaundra Walker joined the department on September 6, 2007, as assistant director.

                                C. Center for Baptist Studies

       In addition to the extensive speaking and writing of Walter B. Shurden, executive director

of the Center for Baptist Studies (CBS), and Bruce T. Gourley, the associate director, the Center

sponsored six highly successful conferences/seminars for 2006-07. For a detailed description

of these conferences and a fuller report of the complete activities of the Center for this academic

year, go to

       The Center’s site is considered by many Baptists to be the leading Baptist Studies site

on the Internet. To view the site, go to

       The signature publication of the Center is The Baptist Studies Bulletin (BSB). A monthly

online ejournal, the BSB includes some of the leading voices from the Baptist community

worldwide. The BSB has received kudos from all over the world for its contribution to Baptist

Studies. To view past issues of the BSB and to subscribe, go to

       The Center has continued to cooperate with Mercer University Press (MUP) in

publishing a series of books called “Baptists.” Executive Director Walter B. Shurden of the

Center serves as the general editor of the series. During 2006-07, MUP published three new

books in the series.

       One of the most effective, productive, and exciting programs of the Center is the A. H.

Newman Visiting Scholars Program. This ministry of the Center provides for individual Baptist

ministers to come to the Macon campus and to engage in a one-week intensive study of some

phase of Baptist life under the supervision of the Center’s staff. In 2006-07, the Center

sponsored five Newman Scholars, bringing the total to sixteen in five years. The Newman

scholars for 2007-08 came from Mississippi, Tennessee, Kentucky, South Carolina, and

Kansas. For a full description of the program, go to

       The Center continues to co-sponsor Baptist History and Heritage with the Baptist History

and Heritage Society. Many historians consider Baptist History and Heritage to be the leading

Baptist print history journal in North America.

       An online educational venture sponsored by the Center is The Mercer Certificate in

Baptist Studies. Baptist clergy and laity who enter this program receive an excellent

introduction to Baptist history and thought. The Certificate program grows in popularity each

year. To view the program, go to

       Walter B. Shurden retires on December 31, 2007. President Underwood is searching for

his replacement.

                                 D. International Programs

English Language Institute (ELI)

       During the 2006-2007 academic year, enrollment at the ELI remained consistently higher

than original budget projections. The ELI was originally budgeted to generate gross revenue of

$1,092,000 during the 2006-2007 fiscal year; with increased enrollments and application, the

revenue was calculated in excess of $1,140,000.

       The ELI’s success has been the direct result of a proactive recruitment program targeted

at new student markets. In particular, the country of Vietnam has generated many new

applicants and several matriculated students. In the year 2006, Mercer University’s ELI

contacted the U.S. Commercial Service’s office in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) for assistance with

tapping into the emerging Vietnamese student market. The U.S. Commercial Service

introduced the ELI to several study abroad recruiting agencies in Saigon, most notably with

Saigon Tourism, which is a Vietnamese government-owned company. Director of the ELI, Mr.

Thomas Tyner, made three trips to Vietnam (one trip with Dr. Eric Spears, director of

International Programs) to meet prospective students and their families. For each visit, the ELI

placed several advertisements in newspapers across Saigon for students and their families to

“meet and greet” the ELI director. Each arranged information session had approximately sixty


       Between October 2006 and September 2007, a total of forty-one Vietnamese student

applications were received. For the Fall I Session of 2007, the ELI received thirteen

applications, and nine Vietnamese students have matriculated at the ELI.

       In addition, the ELI’s continuing relationship with the Cultural Mission of the Kingdom of

Saudi Arabia has generated a total of twenty-four English as a Second Language (ESL)

students on the Atlanta campus. Each student is fully funded by the Saudi Arabian government

and must successfully complete the ELI program, pass the Michigan Test of English Proficiency,

and receive passing marks in the College of Continuing and Professional Studies (CCPS)

Bridge Program on the Atlanta campus prior to their matriculation to the Macon undergraduate


       Since the last President’s Report, the ELI has also formed a closer working relationship

with Enrollment Management. While the ELI is an academic preparatory program under the

Office of the Provost, it is also a “feeder” to the University’s different undergraduate and

graduate programs. The ELI is working with Enrollment Management to determine more

efficient ways of matriculating international students into the University.

Study Abroad

       The 2006-2007 academic year saw a record number of study abroad students at the

University. Nearly 200 students traveled abroad on Mercer academic programs. A new Mercer

on Mission program (discussed in the University Minister section), an increased student interest

with faculty-led study abroad programs, a cohort of pharmacy students abroad, and a large

Executive MBA program contributed to the positive enrollment trend.

       Mercer faculty also led study abroad programs during the two summer sessions. Dr.

Charlie Thomas and Professor Eric O’Dell took students to Italy for a Philosophy and Art

program. Dr. Lydia Masanet and Dr. Fernando Palacios led a study abroad program to Spain.

Dr. Scott Nash returned to Greece for his annual study abroad program in Christianity studies.

Dr. Atul Saxena led the Business and Economics’ MAPS and Atlanta MBA program to the

Czech Republic for an academic study tour. Dr. Penelope Prime took thirty-eight students on

the EMBA Study Tour of the People’s Republic of China.

       Faculty-led study abroad is poised for expansion in the 2007-08 academic year. The Tift

College of Education kicked off the year with a study tour of Scotland in October 2007. Dr.

Margaret Morris and Professor Carolyn Garvin accompanied eight early childhood education

students to Edinburgh to visit Scottish classrooms, to meet with Scottish teachers, and to learn

from experts in the Ministry of Education.

       There will be two study tours for the spring break of 2008. Dr. Al Smith (Biology) plans

to take students to Belize for a field study in coral reef ecology. Dr. Eimad Houry (International

Affairs) will take students to Dubai for a study tour of the political and economic crossroads of

the world. The following programs are also in the early planning stages for the summer of 2008:

Costa Rica (Spanish Department), Germany (German Department), Germany (Organ Music

Program), Greece (Philosophy and Art), Italy (Latin/Classics), the United Kingdom (MAPS

Business Program), and the United Kingdom (Honors Program in Oxford).

       Finally, the Office of Study Abroad was approved by the College of Liberal Arts faculty to

require all semester- and year-long study abroad students to take the course, ISA 101 Cultural

Awareness for Study Abroad (Cross-Cultural Orientation). Ms. Julie Strecker, coordinator of

International Student and Scholar Services, will teach the eight-week, one-credit hour course on

the Macon campus. In this course, students explore personal learning objectives, participate in

cross-cultural competency training activities, reflect on culture-crossing focused readings and

experiences, and commit to an evaluative method for determining the level of success reached

at completion of term abroad. The Macon Honors Program also passed a required study

abroad component for its students in the College of Liberal Arts this past spring.

International Students and Visiting Professors

       The Office of International Programs is hosting nine students from Mercer’s exchange

partners at Hong Kong Baptist University (SAR, China) Seinan Gakuin University (Japan),

Kalmar University (Sweden), Lulea University (Sweden), Paisley University (Scotland), and

Yonsei University (South Korea). International Programs is also providing support for three

visiting faculty members from China and South Korea. The School of Medicine in Macon is

hosting a Chinese researcher, and the Tift College of Education in Atlanta and Douglasville is

hosting a Chinese and a South Korean professor. Finally, the Office of International Programs

has worked closely with the Robert McDuffie Strings Program to bring in South Korean cellist,

Ms. Elaine Shin, to the Macon-based program. Ms. Shin will begin her studies in the strings

program in January 2008.

                                     E. Mercer Commons

       Professor Andrew Silver’s wrote an original play, The Disciples, as part of a Commons

Fellows project. The Mercer Players performed the play, which dramatizes the story of the 1939

heresy trials of Professor John Freeman and others accused of heretical teachings, November

8-11 and 13-17. The Commons sponsored discussion groups for faculty and students around

the performance dates.

       Commons Fellow, professor Greg Domin of the College of Liberal Arts (CLA), continues

regular meetings with emeriti faculty as his Fellows project. Other Fellows projects include:

Professor Leona Kanter’s (CLA) interfaith conversation group, the Abraham Salon, which will

include both faculty and students, Professor Paul Lewis’s (CLA) development of innovative

ways to teach ethical judgment, and Professor Carol Goff’s (Music) groups of music students

visiting inner-city public schools to expose elementary students to musical instruments that they

might not have heard previously. Professor Mark Jones (Law) continues to coordinate

Professionalism and Vocation Across the Professions, which was discussed in the QEP section

of the Provost’s report.

       The Faculty Commons (formerly Christian Leadership Ministries, faculty ministry of

Campus Crusade for Christ) presented to John Marson Dunaway the 2007 Erick B. Nilson

Achievement Award & Grant on August 28, 2007. The award is accompanied by a $1,000 grant

for use in faculty ministry on the Mercer campus. Dr. Dunaway has served as the president of

the organization since 1997. He will also be receiving the Jacques Maritain Scholarly

Achievement Award at the annual conference of the American Maritain Association at the

University of Notre Dame on October 27, 2007.

       Director Dunaway led the Fifth Annual Summer Faculty Workshop on Faith and Learning

from May 21-25, 2007. Fourteen professors from six of the University’s colleges and schools

gathered to discuss common readings focusing on the distinctive opportunities and

responsibilities of teaching at a Baptist institution. Over seventy-five faculty members from all

the colleges and schools (including Jewish, Hindu, and Muslim faculty) have participated during

the first five years of the workshop’s existence.

       Professor Larry McSwain of the McAfee School of Theology edited the Twentieth

Century Shapers of Baptist Social Ethics, which is supported by the Commons. The text is

scheduled for publication by Mercer University Press in January 2008.

       Other faculty members currently serving as Commons Fellows include Karen Lacey

(Continuing and Professional Studies), and Frank Macke (CLA). The Fellows meet six times

during the academic year to discuss common readings and their individual projects.

                                 F. Mercer University Press

       The following report reviews the work of Mercer University Press during 2007-08.

Books Published

       Mercer University Press published thirty-three new titles. In addition, the Press

produced thirty-four reprints.

Complete List of Publications

   Robert Perkins, IKC-Volumes 9 & 10, Prefaces and Writing Sampler/Three Discourses

   Joseph Price, Rounding the Bases: Baseball and Religion in America

   Philip Lee Williams, In The Morning: Reflections from First Light

   Jackie K. Cooper, The Book Binder: Stories from the South

   David Briley, Career in Crisis: Paul “Bear” Bryant and the 1971 Season of Change

   William Walsh, Under the Rock Umbrella: Contemporary American Poets from 1951-1977

   Jaclyn White, Whisper to the Black Candle: Voodoo, Murder, and the Case of Anjette Lyles

   Philip Secrist, Sherman’s 1864 Trail of Battle to Atlanta

   David O’Connell, Furl that Banner: The Life of Abram J. Ryan, Poet-Priest of the South

   Wil Platt and Doug Thompson, Jesse Mercer’s Pulpit: Preaching in a Community of Faith

       and Learning

   Glenn Robins, The Bishop of the Old South: The Ministry and Civil War Legacy of Leonidas


   William R. Smith, Villa Clare: The Purposeful Life and Timeless Art Collection of J. J.


   Michael Utzinger, Yet Saints Their Watch Are Keeping: Fundamentalists, Modernists, and

       the Development of Evangelical Ecclesiology, 1887-1937

   Harold Oliver, Metaphysics, Theology, and Self: Relational Essays

   Robert S. Davis, Ghosts and Shadows of Andersonville: Essays in American Civil War

   Social History

David Torbett, Theology and Slavery: Charles Hodge and Horace Bushnell

David Morgan, The New Brothers Grimm and Their Left Behind Fairy Tales

W. Glenn Jonas, The Baptist River: Essays on Many Tributaries of a Diverse Tradition

Ben Wynne, Mississippi’s Civil War: A Narrative History

Ted Olsen, CrossRoads 2006

Fred W. Sauceman, The Place Setting: Timeless Tastes of the Mountain South, From Bright

   Hope to Frog Level, Second Serving

Suzanne Lawler, More Cotton, Cornbread, and Conversations: 50 New Adventures in

   Central Georgia

William H. Brackney and Craig A. Evans, From Biblical Criticism to Biblical Faith: Essays in

   Honor of Lee Martin

Joanne Ford Watson, Selected Spiritual Writings of Anne Dutton Eighteenth-Century,

   British-Baptist, Woman Theologian Volume 4: Theological Works

Benedict R. Maryniak and John Wesley Brinsfield, Jr., The Spirit Divided: Memoirs of Civil

   War Chaplains–The Union

Clyde G. Wiggins, III, ed., My Dear Friend: The Civil War Letters of Alva Benjamin Spencer,

   3rd Georgia Regiment, Company C

Joanne Halleran McMullen and Jon Parrish Peede, ed., Inside the Church of Flannery


John Ogasapian, Church Music in America: A Narrative History

Mary Keller and Chester J. Fontenot, Jr., Re-Cognizing W. E. B. DuBois in the Twenty-First

   Century: Essays on W. E. B. DuBois

Craig A. Forney, The Holy Trinity of American Sports: Civil Religion in Football, Baseball,

   and Basketball

Ferrol Sams, Down Town: A Novel

   Emmanuel McCall, When All God's Children Get Together: A Memoir of Race and Baptists

   Jim Dant, The Truth is Sensational Enough: Meditations for the Church Year

Mercer Church Resources

   Ducharme/Dant, CrossWalk, Grades 1-2, Cycle A

   Ducharme/Dant, CrossWalk, Grades 3-4, Cycle A

   Ducharme/Dant, CrossWalk, Grades 5-6, Cycle A

Special Projects

   CTSA Proceedings 61-2006

   Walter B. Shurden, Kirby Godsey, and William Underwood, The Baptist Summit at Mercer


Current Projects

       In Spring 2006, the Press engaged in a new imprint, CrossWalk. This new imprint is

intended for church audiences and is open to various projects that meet the need of churches.

Following the Baptist Summit in January 2006, the University was looking for ways to stay

connected to churches. The Press was asked to explore the possibilities of publishing for


       Thus far, two major projects have resulted. One is CrossWalk for children, a Sunday

School curriculum that is Bible-based and Baptist in orientation. The first three volumes were

published in Fall 2006, and the other three volumes were published in Fall 2007.

       The other project is to work with the Townsend Institute of Church Music at Mercer in the

development and publication of a new Baptist Hymnal. This new hymnal, slated for publication

in 2009, the 400th birthday of Baptists, is in committee work at present.


   Philip Lee Williams, In the Morning—Georgia Author of the Year Award for Essay

   Bill Walsh, Under the Rock Umbrella—Georgia Author of the Year Award for Anthologies


       MUP recently set up an account with Pubnet to receive orders electronically from

bookstore and library customers to streamline business processes. The Press is now in the

process of being introduced to Pubnet’s Christian Bookstore accounts. Overall, the association

with Pubnet will expose MUP to over 3,000 booksellers.

Direct Mail

       New brochures will be produced for Religious Studies, Civil War Studies, and Southern

Studies. They will be sent to current customers of those subject areas as well as to procured

direct mail lists. Last year, one brochure for Civil War studies was produced and was very


Web site

       The Web site will be redesigned with a new homepage and easier links for book

searches. MUP also plans to increase the amount of information and resources available

online. Special promotions and sales will be advertised throughout the year, and customers will

be asked to join the MUP mailing list.

                           G. Office of Institutional Effectiveness

        The Office of Institutional Effectiveness (OIE) combines Accreditations, University

Assessment, University Planning, and Institutional Research into one unit.


        Dr. Whitney McMath, director of University Planning and accreditation liaison, and Ms.

Tracey Wofford, director of Reports, edited and provided assistance for the School of

Engineering with its report to the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET,

Inc.), the Tift College of Education with its self-study report to the National Council for

Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), and the Community Counseling program in the

College of Continuing and Professional Studies in its response and addendum to the Council for

Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

        Dr. Barry Jenkins, vice provost for Institutional Effectiveness, and Dr. McMath will attend

the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) annual conference in New Orleans,

LA December 7-11, 2007. Dr. McMath served on the SACS Cluster 11 Off-Site Team that

reviewed the University of Texas Health Sciences Center – San Antonio, TX and the University

of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, TX. She was also asked to serve on the On-Site team in

Spring 2008 for Columbia International University in Columbia, SC.


        Mercer University has been giving the National Survey of Student Engagement since

Spring 2002. This fall, the University administered the Beginning College Survey of Student

Engagement (BCSSE), which focuses on first-year students. The NSSE surveys students at

the end of their first year and the senior year. The BCSSE is given during orientation of the first

year. The two surveys will complement each other in giving a more complete view of Mercer

students’ first year.

        Mercer University will participate in the Higher Education Research Institute’s Faculty

Survey that is given every three years. The survey will allow the University to benchmark

faculty responses with other participating universities.


       The Office of Institutional Effectiveness provides the support for the University Planning

Council (UPC). In Summer 2007, the Office of Institutional Effectiveness provided data and

research for the President’s retreat with his Executive Council. Dr. Jenkins participated in the

Executive Council retreat. During the retreat, the Executive Council drafted 10-year goals for

the University. President William Underwood shared the goals at the Fall 2007 faculty and staff

meetings in Macon and Atlanta. After the goals were disseminated to the University community,

the Office of Institutional Effectiveness assisted the UPC by gathering feedback from the

University’s constituencies to recommend changes to the 10-year goals. Ms. Wofford did

content analysis of the feedback on the goals, and the University Planning Council Leadership

Team modified the goals based on the feedback. The redrafted goals were sent to the

President for review.

       Dr. Linda Brennan, associate professor at the Stetson School of Business and

Economics and chair of the University Planning Council, and Dr. McMath developed a template

to guide the planning process for the individual units. Ms. Wofford developed a Web-based

strategic planning template to collect the strategic plans. In Fall 2007, the Academic units

drafted their individual unit plans, which were shared with the University Planning Council and

the Academic Council on November 1, 2007 at the Henry County Regional Academic Center.

Academic unit plans are due to the President on December 14, 2007. Administrative and

educational support (AES) unit plans are due on January 31, 2008. The later deadline is to give

the AES units an opportunity to support the Academic unit plans and to develop their own plans.

The UPC will consolidate the administrative and academic unit plans, and a comprehensive

strategic plan will be shared with the Board of Trustees in advance of the April 18, 2008

meeting. The Board will discuss and take action on the plan at that meeting.

       The Office of Institutional Effectiveness also serves on several UPC committees. Ms.

Wofford serves on the Communications and the Integration Committees of the UPC; Ms. Sarah

May, director of Institutional Research, serves on the Metrics Committee of the UPC; and Dr.

Jenkins and Dr. McMath serve on the Implementation Committee of the UPC. Dr. Jenkins, Dr.

McMath, and Ms. Wofford also serve on the Leadership Team of the UPC.

Institutional Research

       Ms. Cindy Glance, Institutional Research analyst, and Ms. Sarah May, director of

Institutional Research, continue taking an active role in the leadership of Georgia Association of

Institutional Research, Planning, Assessment, and Quality (GAIRPAQ). Ms. Glance is the vice

president and Ms. May is the president. Ms. Glance and Ms. May are currently planning the

Spring 2008 GAIRPAQ Conference that will be in Macon. In Summer 2007, Ms. Glance

attended the Higher Education Data Sharing Consortium (HEDS) in Baltimore, MD. Ms. May

attended the Association of Institutional Research Conference in Kansas City, MO.

                                   H. Office of the Registrar

       Office effectiveness and efficiency are ever-present foci of the Office of the Registrar.

Staff development and office safety have been added as focal points for 2007-08. In early

August 2007, the registrar staff in the Macon, Atlanta, and Regional Academic Centers offices

participated in a staff development workshop at the Henry County Center. Staff members from

the three offices often correspond and work together, but they do not come together for training.

The purpose of the workshop was to motivate, inform, problem solve, and enhance working

relationships. Sessions included: (1) the Myers-Briggs personality types; (2) Communicating

Inside and Outside of Our Office; (3) Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

Review; (4) What’s New in Our Areas?: Macon, Atlanta, RAC; and (5) Problem Solving and

Information Sharing with My Counterparts. Sessions were presented by Mercer professional

staff, including the University Registrar. The success and minimal cost of the event resulted in a

commitment to sponsor a staff development workshop in 2008.

       Throughout the year, various staff members will participate in no- or low-cost learning

events. In November, the Macon staff participated in free, sample, audio Fred Pryor Seminars

on the following topics: (1) Managing Multiple Priorities, Projects, and Deadlines; (2) Mistake-

Free Grammar and Proofreading; (3) How to Deliver Exceptional Customer Service; and

(4) Dealing with Difficult People. The Office of the Registrar will also seek additional staff

training opportunities from the state, regional, and national registrar associations.

       Office and student safety are in the forefront of office concerns. Well before the

shootings occurred on the Virginia Tech Campus, the Office of the Registrar began

conversations related to identifying and dealing with potentially dangerous individuals at the

front counter. April Cantrell, registrar associate, researched various practices in this area and

provided information to the entire staff. She led the staff in discussions on the topic. Her work

will result in a specific office protocol to address dangerous situations.

       Student identity and the better protection of student confidential information were

addressed Fall 2007 by reassessing Mercer’s use of the student identification number (ID) and

personal identification number (PIN). According to the American Association of Collegiate

Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO), “the most acceptable scenario for utilizing the

ID number in conjunction with the PIN is for the institution to initially assign a default PIN and

allow the user to change that PIN after he or she logs in. This initial PIN should be randomly

assigned and communicated to the student in a secure manner. In this case, the student should

be able to control and maintain his or her own PIN” (The AACRAO 2006 FERPA Guide, p. 51).

       For years, combinations of social security numbers or Mercer ID numbers have been

used as the student ID with the student birth date as the default PIN. This is counter to the

AACRAO advice. In an effort to correct this situation, the following steps were taken, impacting

BearPort accounts for all Mercer students:

   •   the social security number was blocked for use as the student ID

   •   random PINs were assigned to all currently enrolled students (the University cannot

       assign the birth date as the PIN)

   •   a question/answer prompt was established to allow students to reset their own PIN if it is


       The Office of the Registrar published four catalogs: Macon Campus, Atlanta Campus,

Regional Academic Centers, and the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. The office set

a goal last academic year to accomplish this task more economically. Compared to the 2006-07

catalogs expenditure, the 2007-08 catalogs reflected a cost savings of 42%. A reduction in the

number of printed catalogs and in-house formatting and layout by LaShunda Dennis, assistant

registrar, were instrumental in the cost reduction. Breadth of distribution did not suffer and was

actually increased when a user-friendly version of the current catalogs was placed on the Web

site. Archived copies of the catalogs will also be placed on the Web site with the goal of having

catalogs that span at least four years.

       The Office of the Registrar continues to track the benefits of University participation in

the National Student Clearinghouse. Clearinghouse services were once performed by the staff

of the Office of the Registrar. Given the increased need for student reporting and verification,

these tasks would have easily overtaken the entire office. For example, between July 1, 2006

and June 30, 2007 the following activities were completed on behalf of Mercer students:

       Student Loan Reporting

           •    75,217    Paper and electronic deferment forms

           •    36        Department of Education enrollment lists

           •    46,968    Student borrower records reported to Department of Education

           •    2,184     Loan providers looked up student information

       Graduation Reporting

           •    1,254     Number of students graduated (out of enrollment of 7,154)

       Degree Verification

           •    1,687     Total verifications to employers and search/screening agents

       Enrollment Verification

           •    237       Total verifications of health or credit insurers, housing providers, and

                          other student service providers

       Student Usage of Free Student Self-Service

           •    1,758     Number of times students created enrollment certificates

The savings in staffing and other resources is tremendous.

                                       I. Student Affairs

       Led by the Vice President and Dean of Students, Dr. Douglas Pearson, the Division of

Student Affairs added two new departments in 2007. The Macon Student Health Center moved

into the Division July 1, 2007 and falls under the direction of Dr. Stephen Brown, Director of

Career Services. The Office of Leadership and Volunteerism moved into the Division August 1,

2007 and falls under the direction of Mr. Kevin Andres, director of Campus Life.

       During Summer and Fall 2007, the Division undertook several new initiatives:

       •   SHAPE (Sexual Assault, Hazing, and Alcohol Prevention and Education) Committee

           was formed and charged with ensuring that annual programming focused on sexual

           assault, alcohol prevention, and education occurs on the Macon campus and that

           appropriate surveys and research are conducted to evaluate student awareness.

       •   Student Assistance Response Team, which consists of professionals from across the

           Macon campus, evaluates potential students in crisis, to enhance communication

           within the University regarding these students, and to implement possible

           intervention strategies to avoid a dangerous situation.

       •   In August 2007, student-athletes volunteered to help move upper-classmen into their

           residence halls.

Campus Life

       QuadWorks’ goal of continuing to improve programming, both in quality and attendance,

was the major focus for Fall 2007. Bear Fair, an annual event targeted to increase student

involvement, was another success. Seventy-two student groups, fourteen academic

departments, and sixteen local businesses braved the heat to provide information, various sign-

ups, and “freebies” to the crowds of students on the Quad.

       The QuadWorks board presented three educational sessions at the end of September

when QuadWorks went to the South Regional National Association of Campus Activities

(NACA) conference in Charleston, South Carolina. The board won three regional awards at the

conference, including outstanding multicultural program for Tunnel of Oppression and the Board

of Excellence. The board has been a finalist for four years and now has been selected as the

best activities board in the NACA South Region.

       On October 12, 2007, QuadWorks and Athletics joined in a collaborative effort called

Mercer Madness, which highlighted the start of the basketball season. The second

QuadWorks/Athletics cooperative event was the Mercer-Alabama basketball game. This was

the first home game of the season, and QuadWorks, Greek Life, and several student groups

“tailgated” at the University Center before the big game.

       Another major undertaking for QuadWorks was Bearstock. This day-long festival

concert featured bands from Mercer, Macon, and the surrounding areas. The event ended with

national recording artist, Matt Kearney, who has had several recording hits on the gospel, top

40, country, and adult contemporary billboards.

Career Services

       During the summer, Career Services mailed brochures to seniors with information about

starting the job search or for completing graduate school applications, as well as upcoming

programs and events for 2007-08. To address ways faculty can be actively involved in

encouraging students to utilize Career Services, “A Faculty Member’s Guide to Career Services”

was distributed to all undergraduate faculty members on the Macon campus. In addition,

Career Services staff members have visited Engineering, Business, and Liberal Arts classes to

promote services and upcoming events.

       Milliken & Company sponsored the annual Senior Kickoff in September 2007. A total of

100 students from Business, Engineering, and Liberal Arts attended. Companies and

organizations recruiting on campus this fall included BB&T, Atlanta Gas Light, Georgia Power,

GEICO, the Internal Revenue Service, and Spherion. In response to the increased number of

students interested in graduate education, Career Services hosted the second annual

Graduate/Professional School Day in October 2007. More than fifty graduate programs,

including the University of Georgia, Auburn, Alabama, Emory, Wake Forest, Kent State, Johns

Hopkins, Columbia, Drexel, and Tulane, participated.

       Mercer continues to develop and strengthen employer partnerships. Mercer was

welcomed as the 595th campus partner with the U.S. Government’s Call to Serve program and

was also selected as an official partner with the U.S. Marshall’s Internship program. Alumni are

eligible to receive individual assistance from a Career Counselor to participate in on-campus

interviews and to attend career networking events. SuccessTrak, an online database providing

career and internship opportunities, has a total of 2,630 registered students and alumni. Of the

alumni in the database, 1,621 date back to 1972.

Counseling and Psychological Services

       The CAPS professional staff and Mercer University Peer Educators provided

consultation for and completed more than fifty outreach and educational programs this past

year, including theme and awareness days, pertaining to such diverse topics as effective goal

setting, alcohol awareness, CAPS’ services, and stress management, as well as “Dinner with

Dr. Em” for the New Student Summer Program. The CAPS staff also assisted in training the

Mercer University Peer Advisors, Resident Directors, and Resident Advisors.

       Professional staff were active in teaching classes WGS 285 Human Sexuality and

Relationships and PSY 390 Psychology Field Placement. They also served on and/or provided

leadership for the Student Affairs Assessment Committee, the Student Affairs Professional

Development Committee, the Student Affairs Campus Culture Committee, and the Women and

Gender Studies Advisory Board.

       CAPS continues to serve as a field placement site for outstanding senior psychology

students. Ms. Rosharde Bryce is now serving as coordinator and plans to begin graduate

training in psychology in the future. Two of CAPS’ recent field placement students are now in

doctoral programs in Counseling Psychology.

Disability Support Services

       Currently, 129 undergraduate students on the Macon campus have registered with

Disability Support Services with sixty using academic accommodations fall term. Forty-eight

undergraduate and graduate students are registered with the Atlanta campus office, which

includes six each on the Henry and Douglas campuses.

       Students on all campuses with print or visual disabilities continue to increase. Disability

Support Services has worked with Technology Support staff to provide access to Low Vision

and Legally Blind students by installing magnification and text-to-audio software on at least one

computer in the open access and teaching computer labs in Stetson Hall. In addition, Disability

Support Services will work with Web Management, Technology Support, and Physical Plant to

meet access requirements, as required by the ADA and the Rehabilitation Act, for accessibility

to institutional Web sites and buildings for blind or low-vision students. The Campus Access

Committee has been re-established to assist in prioritizing and budgeting these changes and


       During the summer, Disability Support Services worked with General Counsel to draft a

successful response to an Office of Civil Rights complaint stating that the Service Animal Policy

was discriminatory and denied the student access. The response was filed on behalf of a deaf

student. The wording of the policy was modified to make it clear that it is a Student Service

Animal Policy and that no certification of the animal’s training is required. The Office of Civil

Rights found the policy acceptable.

Greek Life

       Greek Life oversaw the recruitment of sixty-nine new fraternity members and eighty-

seven new sorority members. Greek academic achievement continues to be stronger than the

general student population with a 3.195 GPA (3.284 for females and 3.064 for males) for the

Spring 2007 as opposed to the 3.061 GPA for all unaffiliated students.

       Greek Life has made three significant policy changes for Greek organizations effective

Fall 2007:

   1. The debt owed to the Office of Residence Life in the Greek Parlor accounts is to be set

       aside in a separate account. Groups with past due amounts must set up payment plans

       to pay off the debt in its entirety. Missing payments will result in a series of sanctions for

       each payment missed.

   2. The current parlor account is monitored. Accumulating debt in this account results in

       sanctions for the organization.

   3. Greek organizations no longer register off-campus events. However, the President,

       Social Chair, and Risk Management Chair must take a risk reduction class, hosted by

       the Office of Greek Life, and focus on Risk Management policies and risk reduction

       procedures, to be allowed to host off-campus events.

These policies are intended to foster more accountability and responsibility within existing Greek


Housing and Residence Life

       The Mercer University chapter of the Residence Hall Association (RHA) was also

revitalized this fall. Residence Life supports and works collaboratively with RHA. RHA’s goals

are to provide a voice for resident students on issues that affect their community, to sponsor

programming on campus, and to provide recognition for the residential population.

       Summer renovations were completed in many facilities. Plunkett Hall received new

carpet, tile, and bathroom vanities. Boone and Shorter Halls received new carpet and tile in the

stairwells. MEP’s small flat roofs were replaced. Orange Street apartment roofs were also

replaced. The Garden and Adams/Winship apartments received extensive painting over the

summer. Front entry doors on the Garden Apartments were replaced with metal doors to

increase the safety of these buildings. Upgrading fire-rated mattresses continued in the

apartment complexes.

Judicial Education

       The Office of Judicial Education adjudicated 118 cases during 2006-07. Eighty-five

percent of all the cases involved alcohol. Five cases involved drug misconduct, four cases

involved possession of a weapon, and two cases were fire safety violations. Seven students

were suspended from the University for Code of Conduct violations. The Office of Judicial

Education is currently evaluating establishing a Greek Judicial board to make recommendations

on cases involving fraternity and sorority conduct violations.

Office of Leadership and Volunteerism

       The Office of Leadership and Volunteerism provides leadership and coordinates

responsibility for the QEP Leadership Program and student volunteer center. Under Kevin

Andres’ leadership, goals identified for this area include: (1) the coordination of student and

organizational volunteer efforts and hours within the local community; (2) the development of

campus-wide volunteer fairs to increase awareness and opportunities for volunteerism; and

(3) the development of student co-curricular transcripts to provide prospective employees with a

record of student service and co-curricular activities.

       On September 19-20, 2007, the Center for Leadership and Volunteerism hosted its

annual Volunteer Fair. The fair included twenty-one local agencies on campus to recruit Mercer

students to volunteer with their agencies. Ninety percent of the agencies say their interactions

with the Center are positive and that the fair was successful.

       The Leadership MU conference, a student-coordinated event, completed its second year

in Spring 2007. Sixty-five students attended this event with approximately ten faculty and staff

presenters covering a wide range of topics, including “Dealing with Problem Members.”

Mercer Service Scholars

       The Mercer Service Scholar program entered its second year with eleven freshmen, who

were selected from more than 120 applicants. The incoming class of Service Scholars class

has an average SAT of 1160 and an average high school GPA of 3.853. The returning class of

twenty Mercer Service Scholars had an average cumulative GPA of 3.015. The group

completed more than 1,000 hours of community service through group and individual projects.

Service Scholars also held several leadership positions on campus, including: a QuadWorks

Chair, a Student Government Senator, numerous sorority/fraternity officers, Peer Advisors, and

Student Justices. The Mercer Service Scholars program has a 90% retention rate.

Recreational Sports and Wellness

       Intramurals Sports opened the school year with thirty-four soccer teams, a 15% increase

in teams over 2006-07 and a 70% increase over two years. Ultimate Frisbee became a league

this fall and had twenty-five teams compete in its inaugural season. Forty-five students

competed in the Golf Scramble at Oakview Country Club. Intramural Sports employed forty-

seven students to support fifteen fall semester events. New activities, such as the Soccer

Jamboree, Ultimate Frisbee League, Flag Football Jamboree, 3 on 3 Basketball League, and

Swim Meeting were added to the fall semester calendar.

       Active clubs are ballroom dance, cycling, disc golf, equestrian, karate, outdoor adventure

club, paintball, running/walking, sports officials association, swimming, tae kwon do, volleyball

(men’s/women’s), and wrestling. A table tennis club was added in the fall, and new clubs, such

as bowling, golf, rugby, soccer (men’s & women’s), ultimate frisbee, lacrosse, and billiards, are

forming and recruiting members to meet membership quotas.

       The aquatics program received 626 uses in the UC Pool and 7,901 uses at Plunkett Pool

over the summer. The aquatics program currently employs nineteen students to operate the

program. Michael Bond, Director of Recreational Sports and Wellness, received certification as

a Certified Pool Operator.

       Group fitness classes average 200 participants per week in classes such as ab lab,

kickboxing, cross training, and fit club. The Bear Fitness Student Incentive Program, which

rewards individuals for working out, has approximately 700 students participating, 220 of which

are freshmen. This program has increased 100% since last fall.

Student Health Center

       The Student Health Center developed a plan to make services more student-friendly and

accessible. Part of the plan involved providing two full-time nurses who are available forty hours

a week and a physician who is available twenty hours a week. Tentative plans are to relocate

the center from the School of Medicine to the Patterson Building to improve access and visibility

to students.

       Using the American College Health Association guidelines to determine what services

are appropriate for students, the current practices will be evaluated. In addition, student

evaluations on the services provided are being conducted. The nursing staff processes health

forms and meningitis forms for all new students. As of September 24, 2007, the nurses served

408 students, the physician saw 178 students, and the office averaged 21 phone calls per day.

TRIO Programs, Minority Affairs, Mercer Student Support

Upward Bound

       For fiscal year 2007-08, Upward Bound (UB) received $3.2 million in grant aid from the

U.S. Department of Education to serve 155 Bibb county students and a new UB grant to serve

fifty Baldwin, Hancock, and Washington county students. UB offers high school students

supplemental instruction in academic areas as well as cultural activities. In addition, UB offers

an intensive six-week residential program.

       Thirty students participated in two college campus tours at Columbia University and New

York University. Thirty students attended the Broadway show, The Color Purple, in New York

City. Twenty-nine seniors applied for college admission for Fall 2008, with one applying to

Mercer. The 2007 Upward Bound Summer program had ninety-six students on campus during

the six-week session, an increase of nine over the eighty-seven last year. Summer program

staff included Mercer faculty members Dr. Kedrick Hartfield, Dr. Keith Howard, and Dr. Linda

Hensel, from the College of Liberal Arts, and Dr. Sinjae Hyun from the School of Engineering.

         Mercer President William Underwood and Vice President and Dean of Students, Dr.

Douglas R. Pearson, spoke at the Upward Bound Student Orientation, which had approximately

170 students and parents in attendance.

Educational Opportunity Center

         In September 2007, the U.S. Department of Education awarded the Educational

Opportunity Center (EOC) $479,391 per year, up 3% from last year, in federal funding to serve

2,050 disadvantaged adults for 2007-08. Each participant receives tutoring, assistance with

college applications and financial aid applications, lessons in college study skills, GED prep,

and/or time management. Of the 2,050 participants served, 114 were Mercer students. EOC

provided twenty-eight financial aid sessions, fifteen career planning workshops, and twelve

academic workshops in addition to weekly visits to the Department of Labor, the Department of

Family and Children Services and Central Georgia Technical College’s GED sessions. The

program partnered with Princeton Review to provide ten SAT Strategy Sessions for the Houston

County Public School System. More than 250 students participated in those sessions. EOC

has met with officials from Robins Air Force Base, Central Georgia Technical College, Houston

County and Baldwin County high schools, the Department of Labor and the Macon Housing

Authority and developed memorandums of agreement to continue services for the next four


Minority Affairs

         Seventy-one Mercer University minority freshmen and upperclassmen mentors

participated in the Minority Retreat at Rock Eagle. Each freshman was assigned a mentor for

the year to assist with the acclimation to college life. The freshmen will participate in two

activities each month with the Mentor Program aimed at increasing minority retention. More

than thirty students attended the Annual Cultural Bowl with participation from both IFC and

National Pan Hellenic Council (NPHC) members and Alpha Phi Omega.

       The Minority Success committee was developed recently to increase minority

academic awareness. The committee consists of seven minority faculty and ten minority staff.

The committee will sponsor a Minority Success Conference in January 2008.

       The Multi-Cultural Committee, formed last year, consists of twenty faculty, staff, and

student members with representation from NPHC, Campus Life, SGA, SUAB, and Organization

of Black Students. This year the committee will focus on increasing diversity in student

leadership by contacting qualified minority students and encouraging them to apply for

leadership roles on campus. The committee also sponsored a discussion forum with panelists,

Dr. David McIntrye of the Stetson School of Business and Economics, and Dr. Chester Fontenot

of the College of Liberal Arts, about the movie The Pursuit of Happyness.

Mercer University Student Support (Opportunity Scholars)

       Mercer University Student Support serves forty-two students who have an academic

need and are first-generation, low-income, and/or disabled students. These students

participated in an extensive pre-orientation activity called Opportunity Scholars. The five-day

program allows students to take classes in Math and Science taught by Mercer faculty members

Dr. Keith Howard, CLA, and Dr. Andre’ Butler, School of Engineering. Students also receive

academic and career assessment. In addition, fifty-four students participated in Financial Aid

workshops by the Educational Opportunity Center. This program has proven to be an effective

student retention tool for the 2006 Opportunity Scholars Freshmen in that its retention rate is


                                          J. New Faculty

       The faculty are an integral part of Mercer University’s academic operations. The table

below lists the faculty who joined the institution in 2007–2008 with their titles, departments,

college/school in which they work, and their credentials.

   NAME               TITLE, DEPARTMENT                               CREDENTIALS
College of Liberal Arts
Deeley, Alan     Visiting Instructor of                 M.S. Mathematics—Tulane University
                                                        M.A. Mathematics—San Diego State

                                                        B.A. Liberal Arts—Regents College
Senasi,          Visiting Assistant Professor of        Ph.D. Renaissance Studies—University of
Deneen           English                                Alabama

                                                        M.A. Renaissance Studies—University of

                                                        B.A. English and Dance Performance—
                                                        Birmingham-Southern College
Winget, Paul     Visiting Assistant Professor of        Ph.D. Physical Chemistry—University of
                 Chemistry                              Minnesota-Twin Cities

                                                        B.S. Chemistry—University of Wisconsin at
                                                        Stevens Point
Walter F. George School of Law
Armstrong,       Assistant Professor of Law             LL.M. Taxation—University of Florida
                                                        J.D.—North Carolina Central University

                                                        B.A. International Studies—University of
                                                        North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Boliek, Robert   Visiting Assistant Professor           M.F.A.—University of Alabama

                                                        J.D.—University of Alabama

                                                        B.A.—Auburn University

    NAME              TITLE, DEPARTMENT                              CREDENTIALS
Griffin, Oren     Assistant Professor of Law           J.D.—Washington and Lee University

                                                       Ph.D.—University of Iowa

                                                       M.A.E.—University of Northern Iowa

                                                       B.S.—Southern University at New Orleans
Sheppard,         Assistant Professor of Law           J.D.—Capital University
                                                       B.A.—Ohio University
College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Button, Nadja     Clinical Assistant Professor and     M.H.S. Physician Assistant Studies—Lock
Vawryk            Clinical Coordinator, Physician      Haven University
                  Assistant Program
                                                       M.S. Instructional Technology—Towson

                                                       B.S. Emergency Health Services—University
                                                       of Maryland
Hatfield, Leah    Visiting Clinical Assistant          Pharm.D.—Mercer University
M.                Professor, Pharmacy Practice
Kelly, Patricia   Clinical Assistant Professor and     M.S. Medical Science—Emory University
                  Academic Coordinator,
                  Physician Assistant Program          M.S. Physiology—Ball State University

                                                       B.S.Ed.—Northern Illinois

                                                       B.S. Physical Education—Iowa State
Lundquist,        Clinical Assistant Professor         Pharm.D.—Samford University
Momary,           Assistant Professor, Pharmacy        Pharm.D.—University of Florida
Kathryn M.        Practice
Moye,             Clinical Assistant Professor,        Pharm.D.—University of Georgia
Pamela M.         Pharmacy Practice
                                                       B.A. Chemistry—University of North
                                                       Carolina, Greensboro
Owen, Philip      Clinical Assistant Professor,        Pharm.D.—University of Tennessee
S.                Pharmacy Practice
                                                       B.S. Biology—University of Tennessee

   NAME              TITLE, DEPARTMENT                             CREDENTIALS
Schwarz,        Clinical Associate Professor          M.S. Medical Science—Alderson Broaddus
Bradford W.     and Director, Physician               College
                Assistant Program
                                                      B.S. Physician Associate—University of
Tan, Chalet     Assistant Professor                   Ph.D. Pharmacokinetics—University of

                                                      B.S. Pharmacy—Shangai Medical University
School of Medicine
Bootle, W. A.   Professor                             M.D.—Tulane Medical School

                                                      B.S.—Mercer University
Bridges,        Assistant Professor                   Ph.D. Cellular Biology—Medical College of
Christy                                               Georgia

                                                      B.S. Biology—Berry College
Broccoli,       Professor                             Ph.D. Molecular Biology and Genetics—
Dominique                                             Wayne State University
Brown,          Associate Professor and               M.D.—University of Texas Medical Branch in
Charles W.      Program Director, Department          Galveston
                of Radiology; Director,
                Gastrointestinal Imaging—
                Memorial Health University
                Medical Center
Fletcher,       Assistant Professor—Memorial          M.D.—Tulane University
Wade            Health University Medical
Fonseca,        Assistant Professor—Memorial          M.D.—Medical College of Georgia
Alvaro H.       Health University Medical
Friedman,       Assistant Professor—Memorial          M.D.—Jefferson Medical College
Michael         Health University Medical
Horner,         Assistant Professor                   Ph.D. Neuroscience—Tulane University
Houk,           Associate Professor, Pediatric        M.D.—University of South Carolina
Christopher     Education—Memorial Health
                University Medical Center
Kumar, Rita     Assistant Professor, Internal         M.D. Internal Medicine—Lady Hardinge
                Medicine                              Medical College, India

   NAME             TITLE, DEPARTMENT                            CREDENTIALS
Mueller,        Assistant Professor                 M.D. Psychiatry and Behavioral Science—
Theodore                                            University of Alabama
Ningaraj,       Associate Professor                 M.B.A.—Mercer University
                                                    Ph.D. Neurochemistry—National Institute of
                                                    Mental Health, Bangalore, India

                                                    M.S. Biochemistry—Mysore University, India

                                                    B.S. Biochemistry—Mysore University, India
Pastorek,       Assistant Professor,                M.D. Northeastern Ohio University
John            Cardiology—Memorial Health
                University Medical Center
Perera,         Associate Professor                 Ph.D. Molecular Genetics—Moscow State
Ranjan J.                                           University, Russia
Phillips, Dan   Assistant Professor,                M.D.—Emory University
E.              Department of Psychiatry and
                Behavioral Science                  B.S. Zoology—University of Georgia
Prior, Barry    Assistant Professor                 Ph.D.—University of Georgia

                                                    M.S.—University of Georgia

                                                    B.S.—University of Massachusetts
Wang, Qian      Assistant Professor of Anatomy      Ph.D. Basic Medical Science—Chinese
                                                    Academy of Sciences, China
Wright, Mark    Assistant Professor—Memorial        M.D.—University of South Alabama
S.              Health University Medical
Yee, Cindy      Assistant Professor, Pediatrics     Ph.D. Cellular Molecular Pathology—
                and Internal Medicine; Director     Vanderbilt University
                and Assistant Member, Clinical
                Genetics Laboratory—Memorial
                Health University Medical
Stetson School of Business and Economics
Dills, Angela   Assistant Professor of              Ph.D. Economics—Boston University
K.              Management
                                                    M.A. Political Economy—Boston University

                                                    B.A. Economics and Spanish—University of

   NAME             TITLE, DEPARTMENT                                CREDENTIALS
Mack, Kathy     Assistant Professor of                 Ph.D. Business Administration—Virginia
                Management                             Tech

                                                       M.B.A. Marketing—University of North

                                                       B.A. Psychology—University of North
Manohar,        Visiting Assistant Professor of        Working on Ph.D. in Finance—University of
Chaterine       Finance                                South Carolina (expected December 2007)
                                                       B.A. Mathematics and Economics—Agnes
                                                       Scott College
Mulholland,     Assistant Professor                    Ph.D. Applied Economics—Clemson
Sean E.                                                University

                                                       M.A. Economics—Clemson University

                                                       B.S. Economics—Clemson University
Petherbridge,   Visiting Assistant Professor of        Working on Ph.D. in Accounting—Georgia
Julie           Accounting                             State University (expected May 2008)

                                                       M.P.A.—Georgia State University

                                                       B.B.A. Accounting—Clayton State University
Piscopo, M.     Visiting Assistant Professor of        Working on Ph.D. in Marketing—Georgia
Gabriela        Marketing                              State University (expected June 2008)

                                                       M.B.A.—Carnegie Mellon University
Rubenfield,     Accounting Lecturer                    J.D.—University of Pittsburgh
Allen J.
                                                       M.B.A. Accounting—University of Pittsburgh

                                                       B.A. Accounting—Pennsylvania State
Zheng, Lin      Assistant Professor of                 Ph.D. Accounting—University of Alabama
                                                       Master of Accountancy—University of

                                                       B.B.A. Accounting—Xiamen University,

   NAME              TITLE, DEPARTMENT                              CREDENTIALS
School of Engineering
Choi, T.         Assistant Professor of               Ph.D. Electrical and Computer
Anthony          Computer Engineering                 Engineering—University of Florida

                                                      M.S. Electrical and Computer Engineering—
                                                      University of Florida

                                                      B.S. Electronic Engineering-Computer
                                                      Engineering Option—George Washington
James and Carolyn McAfee School of Theology
Hollingsworth,   Instructor of Supervised             M.Div.—Southeastern Baptist Theological
James N.         Ministry and Assistant Dean          Seminary
                                                      B.A.—Mercer University
Gushee,          Distinguished University             Ph.D.—Union Theological Seminary
David P.         Professor of Christian Ethics
                                                      M.Phil.—Union Theological Seminary

                                                      M.Div.—Southern Baptist Theological

                                                      B.A.—College of William and Mary
Tift College of Education
Finley, John     Assistant Professor of               Ph.D. Educational Leadership—Georgia
H.               Education                            State University
Taylor, Sylvia   Assistant Professor of               Ph.D. Educational Studies—Emory
Y.               Education                            University

                                                      M.S. Elementary Education—Florida State

                                                      B.S. Communication—Florida State
Thrasher,        Assistant Professor of               Ed.D. Educational Leadership—University of
Sue Quillian     Education                            North Carolina, Chapel Hill

                                                      M.Ed. Special Education—Georgia State

                                                      B.A. History—University of Georgia

   NAME             TITLE, DEPARTMENT                        CREDENTIALS
Tompkins,       Associate Professor of         Ph.D. Educational Research—Mississippi
Paige           Education                      State University

                                               M.Ed. Math Education—Mississippi State

                                               B.S. Math Education—Auburn University

                                               B.S. Computer Information Science—Troy
                                               State University
Willis,         Assistant Professor of         Ph.D. Special Education—University of
Stephen W.      Education                      Alabama

                                               M.Ed. Special Education—Georgia College

                                               B.S. Science Education—Auburn University
Georgia Baptist College of Nursing
Bulfin, Susan   Assistant Professor            D.N.P.—Medical College of Georgia
                                               M.N.—Emory University

                                               B.S.N.—University of Florida
Marie, Joan     Instructor                     M.S.N.—Medical College of Georgia

                                               B.S.N.—Medical College of Georgia
Sudia-          Professor                      Ph.D. Educational Studies—Emory
Robinson,                                      University
                                               M.N.—Emory University

                                               B.S.N.—University of Akron
Zalumas,        Professor                      Ph.D. General Studies—Emory University
                                               M.N.—Emory University

                                               B.S.N.—Carlow College
College of Continuing and Professional Studies
Clark, Diane    Assistant Professor of         Ph.D. Counselor Education—University of
M.              Counseling                     North Carolina, Charlotte

                                               M.S. Counselor Education—Canisius

                                               B.S. Education—S.U.N.Y.

   NAME             TITLE, DEPARTMENT                              CREDENTIALS
Tankersley,     Assistant Professor of Criminal      Ph.D. Social Work—University of Texas,
V. Lynn         Justice                              Arlington

                                                     M.S.S.W.—University of Texas, Austin

                                                     B.S.S.W.—University of Texas, Austin
Townsend School of Music
Hodges,         Assistant Professor of Cello         D.M.A. Cello Performance—University of
Brian                                                North Carolina, Greensboro

                                                     M.M. Cello Performance—Eastman School
                                                     of Music

                                                     B.M. Cello Performance—Eastman School
                                                     of Music
Kosowski,       Assistant Professor of Music         D.M.A.—University of Houston
                                                     M.M.—University of Miami

                                                     B.M.E.—Truman State University
Moretti, Amy    Director, Robert McDuffie            M.M. Violin Performance—Cleveland
Schwartz        Center for Strings; Caroline         Institute of Music
                Paul King Violin Chair
                                                     B.M. Violin Performance—Cleveland
                                                     Institute of Music
Nardolilo, Jo   Assistant Professor of Violin        D.M.A. Violin Performance—Eastman
                                                     School of Music

                                                     M.M. Violin Performance—Rice University

                                                     B.M. Violin Performance—The Cleveland
                                                     Institute of Music
Division of Library Services
Poole, Julie    Interim Coordinator, Regional        M.L.S.—Florida State University
                Academic Centers
                                                     B.A. Magazine Journalism—University of
Timms,          Electronic Resources                 M.L.I.S.—University of South Carolina
Geoffrey P.     Librarian/Instructor
                                                     B.S. Agricultural Economics—University of

                              II. ACADEMIC PROGRAMS

                                  A. College of Liberal Arts

       The College of Liberal Art’s (CLA) most important goal is to provide undergraduates with

a distinctive Mercer education. At the May 2007 commencement, 244 students received

bachelor’s degrees, an increase of 12.5% over four years ago. The largest numbers of degrees

were in Biology, English, Psychology, Political Science, Communications, History, Christianity,

and Spanish. This year saw a substantial increase in the number of students going to premier

graduate institutions, e.g. Brandeis, Cambridge, Emory, Georgia Tech, the Max Planck Institute

in Germany, Middlebury, Penn State, Texas A&M, UNC-Chapel Hill, and Vanderbilt. The

College’s graduates also entered professional programs in all of Mercer’s professional schools

as well as UNC–Chapel Hill, Duke, Emory, Indiana, Iowa, Meharry, Morehouse, Nottingham in

England, and Wake Forest.

       In Fall 2007, CLA welcomed 378 new freshmen and 54 transfer students for a total

College enrollment of 1,278. The College continues to have a diverse student body with 19% of

students identifying themselves as African-American, 8.5% as Asian, and 3.8% as Hispanic.

Enrollment trends show that 78% of the students come from Georgia with another 10% coming

from bordering states. The total number of credit hours for which students enrolled this fall has

increased 9.4% since 2003—with no increase in full-time faculty.

       The College’s mission statement emphasizes that its purpose is to provide “a liberal arts

education.” Nevertheless, the number of pre-professional students continues to rise. Most

strikingly, pre-Pharmacy students now make up 14% of the total enrollment, with another 22%

identifying themselves as pre-Med and 7% as pre-Law. Overall, the College has more science

students—especially more students planning careers in health professions—than the

departments and the aging Willet Science Center can handle. The College also feels pressure

on its basic mission when a quarter of its instruction is in service of other schools and colleges.

About 43% of the credit hours earned by students in the Eugene W. Stetson School of Business

and Economics, for example, come from CLA classes. In sum, CLA currently teaches the

equivalent of about 1,700 full-time students for a student/faculty ratio of 16.5/1. The ratio itself

is high for a strong liberal arts college. As the strategic planning process continues, one

challenge for the College’s faculty will be to balance CLA’s mission with the strong student and

parent demand for pre-professional training.

       For the 2007-08 academic year, the College has 108 full-time faculty members. More

than a third have joined the CLA faculty since 2001. CLA also employs adjunct faculty

members equivalent to 13 full-time appointments. No tenure-track faculty members were

appointed for 2007-08. The College lost four faculty members to retirement.

       Important curricular changes for the fall include a revised Honors Program with a core of

interdisciplinary seminars, study abroad, service-learning, and preparation for graduate or

professional school. The English and Physics majors were reconfigured, as was the pre-

Pharmacy program. The College continues to develop cooperative arrangements with the

Schools of Law and Medicine, as well as the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Under

discussion currently are proposed minors in Global Health and Medical Humanities.

       The College also continues to explore new study-abroad and service-learning

opportunities. It provided five of the six faculty leaders and most of the students for the Mercer-

on-Mission initiatives in Brazil, Guatemala, and Kenya this summer. This semester, CLA

students are studying in Australia, Egypt, Korea, Morocco, Spain, and the United Kingdom.

The program at Oxford continues to be a flagship, and a graduating senior last spring won a

prestigious fellowship for graduate study at Cambridge based on her work there.

       CLA remains strongly committed to service-learning in the Macon community and

beyond. The Senior Capstone course taught by Peter Brown, professor of Philosophy and

senior vice provost, gained local attention for a “College Hill Corridor” in Macon. With the loss

of the Mercer Center for Community Engagement, the total number of courses with service-

learning components has declined, and some community partnerships have been lost. In the

spring, however, Mary Ann Drake, Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies, and Mary Alice

Morgan, Professor of English and Women’s and Gender Studies, created a new Service-

Learning Advisory Board and conducted a successful workshop for faculty across the

University in the early summer of 2007. Dr. Chris Grant, assistant professor of Political

Science, also led service-learning trips abroad to Moldova and Eastern Europe.

       Except for promotions in rank, there were no salary increments for 2007-08. Judged

against the Consumer Price Index, most faculty salaries thus are somewhat lower in real dollars

than they were two years ago. Since the College competes in a national market for entry-level

faculty and will need to hire about a dozen new faculty members for 2008-09, higher starting

salaries will increase salary compression among continuing assistant and associate professors.

Likewise, salaries for full professors in nine departments are now at 90% or less than the mean

salaries for their ranks and disciplines in institutions in Mercer’s Carnegie classification.

       The CLA faculty continues to be active in the four kinds of scholarship appropriate to a

liberal arts college: discovery, integration, application, and teaching. With reduced research

budgets, faculty members continued to do substantial work individually and in cooperation with

students. The Undergraduate Research Symposium in April 2007 demonstrated this clearly

with twenty-one of the twenty-seven poster presentations by CLA students. Off-campus, almost

every department made presentations at regional and national conferences. Faculty members

also made conference presentations in Denmark, Germany, Italy, and Scotland. Computer

Science Associate Professor Andy Digh helped lead the Mercer Binary Bears’ programming

team to its highest finish ever in national competition and the World Finals in Tokyo. Professor

of English Stephen Bluestone was nominated for the National Book Award in poetry. Andrew

Silver (associate professor of English), Jamie Cockfield (professor of History), and Carolyn

Yackel (assistant professor of Mathematics) have recently published scholarly books. Dr.

Cockfield is now completing a biography of Senator Walter F. George. Dr. Yackel serves as

Chair of the Mathematics Association of America’s Committee on Mathematics and the Arts,

and Dr. Margaret Symington (associate professor of Mathematics) serves on the national Joint

Committee on the Status of Women in Mathematics. Dr. Eric Klingelhofer (professor of History)

gained widespread attention for his archaeological work in the Caribbean and at Roanoke Island

(including a story in USA Today).

       Unfortunately, the College’s application to shelter a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa was not

successful. Issues cited included the weakness of the Honors Program and the College’s

retention and graduation rates. In May 2007, the CLA faculty voted to approve a considerably

strengthened Honors Program. During the summer, the dean’s office conducted a detailed

study of retention and graduation issues intended to improve performance in both areas.

       Approximately forty-five CLA faculty members participated in reading groups in Spring

2007 on Mercer’s Baptist heritage and its implications for the future. Participants read and

discussed Buddy Shurden’s Four Fragile Freedoms along with other material on the history of

Mercer and on faith-based higher education. This was the third year of faculty reading groups,

now an annual tradition in CLA that also serves as an extended orientation for new colleagues.

       The Physics Department has now moved into the new Science and Engineering

Building. It is a handsome facility and should serve the department’s needs well. Modest

renovations in the space vacated in Willet will give new lab, classroom, and office space to

Biology, and Earth and Environmental Science. More thorough renovations will be required in

the next two summers to make the space fully functional.

       Associate Dean Dale Moore chairs a committee to study the possibility of a new science

facility to replace Willet. Its preliminary report emphasizes:

   1. Meeting the curricular needs of the Departments of Biology, Chemistry, Computer

       Science, Earth and Environmental Sciences, and Psychology.

   2. Providing flexibility to better integrate spaces among the disciplines and to better

       integrate spaces among instruction and research.

   3. Supporting increased faculty research and undergraduate research.

   4. Including green design and human ecological principles.

       While this project remains the College’s top facilities priority, other priorities include

providing adequate space for the Department of Communications and Theatre Arts for both a

new theatre and sufficient classroom space, upgrading outdated technology, and rehabilitating

older buildings around the historic quad.

       All of these issues will be of central importance as the College completes its portion of

Mercer’s Strategic Plan. CLA’s goal is to become one of the region’s premier undergraduate

programs. It is a realistic goal; the challenge now is to keep eyes on the prize.

                            B. Walter F. George School of Law

      National Recognitions for the Law School. The Law School has again received

national recognition from several sources. The 2008 U.S. News and World Report edition of

America=s Best Graduate Schools brought the Law School good news in two ways. First,

Mercer=s Legal Writing Program again ranked first in the nation. This places Mercer=s program

among the top two in the nation for each of the three years in which legal writing programs

have been ranked. The specialty ranking is voted on by Legal Writing Directors throughout the

country, reflecting the opinion of those with specialized knowledge. Being number one

recognizes the hard work, vision, and innovation of the Law School=s faculty under the

leadership of Professor Linda Edwards and the legal writing faculty.

      The Law School was again among the Top 100 Law Schools in U.S. News and World

Report=s ranking of Best Graduate Schools, 2008 edition. The Law School=s ranking this year

is number 100, tied with four other schoolsCStetson University, University of Nevada–Las

Vegas, University of San Francisco, and University of the Pacific.

       The Princeton Review has once again included the Law School in The Best Law

Schools in America, the most recent edition of which was released on October 9, 2007. The

book=s entries are based in part on statistical evidence and in part on responses to surveys

distributed to students. For the fourth year in a row, Mercer=s law faculty was ranked among

the top ten in the nation in a category entitled Faculty Rock (Legally Speaking). The category

is based on scores from student surveys on two indices: the accessibility of faculty to students

and the effectiveness of teaching at the Law School.

      Admissions. The Law School received 1,367 completed applications for the 2007

entering class, out of which 419 applicants were accepted. Although nationally applications

were down 2.4%, Mercer=s completed applications were up 2%. The Law School enrolled 148

first-year students, with a median LSAT score of 156 and median undergraduate GPA of 3.44.

The first-year class is composed of 46% women and 15% minority students. The students

come from seventeen states, with Georgia being the largest feeder state. Florida is second,

and South Carolina is third. Sixty-three undergraduate schools are represented in the first-

year class, with the largest feeder school being the University of Georgia. The second-largest

feeder school is Mercer; fifteen Mercer graduates are enrolled in the first-year class. This

year=s total student body is 448.

      New Endowed Faculty Positions. The Law School has benefited from generous

donations in support of two endowed faculty positions. During Summer 2007, the Law School

received a gift of $1 million from Tommy W. Malone, Class of 1966, to create the Tommy

Malone Distinguished Chair in Trial Advocacy. Professor Deryl Dantzler, director of the Law

School=s Trial Practice Program and dean of the National Criminal Defense College, has been

appointed by President Underwood as the inaugural holder of the Chair. Income from the

endowment will be used to support programs in Trial Practice at the Law School.

      The Southeastern Bankruptcy Law Institute and Judge Homer Drake, Class of 1956,

have made a gift to the Law School that will elevate the Drake Professorship in Bankruptcy

Law to the SBLI/Walter Homer Drake, Jr. Endowed Chair in Bankruptcy Law. Professor

Michael Sabbath, the holder of the professorship, will hold the Chair.

      Faculty and Staff Transitions. The Law School has welcomed three new professional

staff members in recent months. Hope Martin advanced from assistant director of Career

Services to director of Career Services in March, 2007, when Rachael Schell left the Law

School. Ms. Martin is a 2002 graduate of the Law School and practiced law in Macon with the

firm of Almand & Wiggins before joining the Office of Career Services. Jenia Bacote, a 2007

alumna, became assistant director of Career Services on August 6, 2007. She holds a B.A.

from Emory University and had broad work experience between college and law school,

including working as a paralegal.

      Michael Dean became assistant dean of Administrative Services on June 15, 2007,

replacing John Plummer, formerly director of Administrative Services. Dean Dean comes to

the Law School from Southern Illinois University where he completed his Ph.D. in Educational

Leadership and worked with Southern Illinois=s Alumni Office as the chief business officer. He

also holds a B.S. in Accounting and an M.B.A.

      Moot Court Successes. The Law School=s moot court teams experienced a number of

successes during the 2006-07 academic year, including the following: Best Oralist and

Quarterfinalist, Frederick Douglass Competition; Best Oralist, Georgia Intrastate Competition;

Best Respondent=s Brief, Gibbons National Criminal Procedure Competition; Best Brief, Best

Oralist, and Region 5 Champion, National Moot Court Competition; and Quarterfinalist and

Finalist, Vale Corporate Law Competition.

      National Criminal Defense College. The National Criminal Defense College, under the

leadership of Professor Deryl Dantzler, hosted approximately 200 lawyers and faculty at the

Law School at two, two-week sessions in June and July 2007.

      John E. James Distinguished Lecture. On Tuesday, September 18, 2007, the Law

School hosted the Seventh Annual John E. James Distinguished Lecture. The speaker was

Sir Crispin Tickell, who is director of the Policy Foresight Programme at the James Martin

Institute for Science and Civilization at Oxford University, England. He is associated with other

British universities, as well as universities in the United States. His main interests are in the

field of the environment and international affairs. Other events surrounding the lecture

included Sir Crispin Tickell=s meeting with students, a lunch with faculty and invited guests,

and a reception following the lecture.

      ABA and AALS Inspections. The Law School has received the written reports of the

site team that conducted an inspection of the Law School on behalf of the ABA (American Bar

Association) and AALS (Association of American Law Schools) during October 2006. The visit

was part of the routine cycle of sabbatical reaccreditation inspection by the ABA and

membership review by the AALS. The ABA report raised several non-action items for future

consideration and required the Law School and University to report back, no later than

September 2008, on two matters related to strategic planning and technology. The AALS has

requested that additional information on faculty scholarship be provided by February 2008.

      Law Review Symposium. On Friday, November 9, 2007, the Mercer Law Review

hosted its annual symposium. This year the theme of the symposium was “The Opportunity

for Legal Education,” with speakers presenting the findings of two recently-released studies of

legal education, Educating Lawyers: Preparation for the Profession of Law, by the Carnegie

Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, and Best Practices for Legal Education: A

Vision and a Road Map, by the Clinical Legal Education Association. Speakers include Dean

Daisy Floyd, Professor Roy T. Stuckey of The University of South Carolina School of Law,

William M. Sullivan, Senior Scholar at The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of

Teaching, Professor Alice M. Thomas from Howard University School of Law, President

William D. Underwood, and Professor Judith Welch Wegner of the University of North Carolina

School of Law, a principal co-author of the Carnegie study. Transcripts of the proceedings,

along with papers by the participants, will be published in Volume 59 of the Mercer Law


      Strategic Planning. The Law School has begun a strategic planning process, which will

meet several needs. This process will build upon previous strategic plans, most recently in

2000, meet ABA accreditation standards, and coordinate with the University=s strategic

planning process, which is also occurring this academic year. Faculty and professional staff

met on August 29, 2007 to begin the strategic plan and continued to meet several times during

the semester to continue the process, culminating in a day-long retreat on November 29,

2007. Professor Jim Fleissner chairs a faculty committee that facilitated the planning process.

                       C. College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

       The College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (COPHS) completed an exciting year

and continued to expand the curriculum and to develop innovative programs. COPHS received

provisional accreditation on September 14, 2007 for its newly formed Physician Assistant

Program. The inaugural class of twenty-six students will begin in January 2008. The COPHS

faculty and students continue to receive recognition, both locally and nationally. The class of

2011 matriculated with 148 students with an average grade point average of 3.40 and PCAT

score of 80.7%.

       Activities for the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences include:

   •   The Class of 2007 had a 98.46% pass rate on the NAPLEX licensure examination,

       which was above the national and state averages.

   •   Dr. Ajay K. Banga has been elected to Fellowship status by the American Association of

       Pharmaceutical Scientists.

   •   Dr. Lisa M. Lundquist was appointed to the Board of Advisors for Health Students Taking

       Action Together (HealthSTAT).

   •   Dr. Ravi Palaniappan received an NIH grant for “Oral Delivery of protein antigens and

       their stability by Alginate Microspheres.”

   •   Dr. Leisa L. Marshall was appointed to the Board of Directors of Campbell-Stone for

       June 2007-10.

   •   Dr. Chad M. VanDenBerg was named editor of the American College of Clinical

       Pharmacology Newsletter.

   •   Dr. Julie C. Kissack was named the 2007-08 Chair of the National Alliance on Mental

       Illness Relationship Management Group of the College of Psychiatric and Neurologic


   •   Dr. Shobna D. Butler was the recipient of the 2007 Grassroots Advocacy Award from the

    Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy.

•   Faculty had nineteen articles published, gave twenty-four presentations, and received

    $704,701 for grants and contracts from March through October 2007.

•   Third-year student Carolyn Perry received the National Community Pharmacists

    Association Presidential Scholarship during the annual meeting, October 13-17, 2007.

•   Sonya Chhatwal, a fourth-year student, won the Best Student Poster Award at the 2007

    American College of Clinical Pharmacy Spring Forum for her poster, entitled “Evaluate

    the prevalence of heterogeneous resistance in community-acquired methicillin-resistant

    Staphylococcus aureus isolates in an era of increased virulence and treatment failure.”

    Dr. Vanthida Huang, assistant professor of Pharmacy Practice, was co-author on the


•   Chhatwal’s poster also won first place during the Georgia Pharmacy Association Annual

    Meeting. Jason Waszak, a fourth-year student, received second place for his poster,

    “Vancomycin dosing in pediatric patients.”

•   Graduate student Tatyana Sidorova was among only four Ph.D. candidates chosen to

    present in the field of pharmaceutical biotechnology at the 2007 National Biotechnology

    Conference Graduate Student Symposium.

•   Third-year student Allison Bell and Dr. Julie Kissack were selected as one of the 51

    scholarship recipient pairs for the 2007 Wal-Mart Annual Conference Scholarship

    Program to attend the annual AACP meeting.

•   Katherine Van Drew, a second-year student, and fourth-year student, Mandi Herndon,

    were honored with second and third place, respectively, for their submission in the

    Pharmaceutical Care Essay Competition sponsored by the Georgia Pharmacy


•   Second-year student Patrick Holt reported his research on “Intra-Operative Aprotinin in

       Liver Transplant and Renal Dysfunction” to the American Congress of Transplantation.

       His research will be published in a supplement of the American Journal of


   •   Fourth-year student Alexander Garrard was selected to participate in the 6th Annual Paul

       Ambrose Scholars Program in conjunction with Association for Prevention Teaching and

       Research and the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion for his project on

       heart failure.

   •   Fourth-year student Alexandria Fagan presented a poster, entitled “Evaluation of Weight

       Gain and Extrapyramidal Symptoms in Forensic, Chronically Ill Psychiatric Patients”

       during the American Pharmacy Association Annual Meeting.

   •   Graduate student, Sanjay Gakewad, was one of ten chosen from 850 student posters

       selected for a cash award at the 34th Annual Meeting of the Controlled Release Society,

       July 7-10. The poster was entitled “Formulation and ex-vivo evaluation of anti-sense to

       Nf-kB encapsulated albumin microspheres in a kidney transplant model.”

       The faculty have been fully involved in completing the self-study required for the

Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education re-accreditation visit in March 2008. This has

provided the faculty, administration, staff, and students an opportunity to engage in quality

improvement initiatives for the College. These should serve COPHS well in advancing its goal

of excellence in teaching, research/scholarly activity, and service.

                                    D. School of Medicine


       In 2007, Mercer University School of Medicine (MUSM) celebrated its 25th anniversary.

MUSM began in 1982 with twenty-four students. According to the Georgia Board of Physician

Workforce, only one-third of Georgia’s medical school graduates stay in Georgia to complete

their residency training. MUSM is no exception in that only 30% of the graduates in the class of

2007 stayed in Georgia for their residency training. However, of all of the graduates of MUSM

since the beginning, 65% have stayed to practice in Georgia after completing all of their training.

Of this number, 83% practice in medically underserved areas of Georgia. In 2002-06, 62% of

residency graduates from The Medical Center of Central Georgia stayed in Georgia to practice.

Savannah Campus

       On August 12-14, 2007 a focused Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) site

visit occurred on the Savannah campus, preparatory to approval for beginning a four-year

school at Memorial Health University Medical Center. At the LCME meeting in Chicago October

12-14, 2007, the LCME approved the expansion and continued full accreditation of the School.

As expected, MUSM will continue to provide periodic progress reports and will also host a visit

of the LCME Secretariat in Fall 2008. The School can now begin accepting students for the

Savannah campus with plans to enter thirty students in August 2008. Opening the four-year

school in Savannah has led to several faculty transitions.

   1. William Bina, M.D., M.P.H. was appointed executive associate dean and continues as

       chair of the Department of Community Medicine and director of the Master’s of Public

       Health program.

   2. Robert Hash, M.D., was appointed senior associate dean for the Savannah campus.

   3. Robert Donner, M.D., replaced Dr. Hash as associate dean for Academic Affairs and

       continues as chairman of the Curriculum Committee as well as the chair of Pathology.

   4. Wayne Glasgow, Ph.D., was appointed as chair of the Department of Basic Science for

       the Savannah campus.

   5. Tina Thompson, Ph.D., was appointed associate dean for Academic Affairs for the

       Savannah campus.

       New administrative/faculty appointments include Maurice Clifton, M.D., Associate Dean

for Admissions and Student Affairs, and Don K. Nakayama, M.D., M.B.A., Chair of the

Department of Surgery.

Search for New Faculty

       The School of Medicine is currently seeking a chair of the Basic Science Division for the

Macon campus. Dr. Wayne Glasgow will serve as interim chair until a replacement is


       Dr. Richard Reinhart resigned as chairman of Internal Medicine in March 2007 and was

replaced by Dr. David Parish as interim chair. MUSM will begin a search for the chair of Internal

Medicine shortly. The School also needs to fill positions in Macon vacated by those moving to

the Savannah campus.

Master of Family Therapy Program at Piedmont Hospital

       On September 17, 2007, an initial enrollment of six M.F.T. students began their studies

under Dr. Steve Livingston on the Piedmont campus in Atlanta. Dr. Livingston is the full-time

assistant director of the Marriage and Family Therapy program for the Atlanta campus under the

supervision of Dr. Mel Strozier, chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science.

Mercer now offers the only Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy

Education approved program in Atlanta.

Master of Public Health

       The Master of Publish Health (M.P.H.) program continues to be successful under the

leadership of Dr. William Bina, executive associate dean. Plans are in progress to undertake

the formation of an undergraduate Public Health program in collaboration with the College of

Liberal Arts (CLA). MUSM proposes a Minor in Global Health that the CLA Committee on

Curriculum is considering. This minor may lead to admissions to the M.P.H. program, as well as

the possibility of entering MUSM. The M.P.H. program is projected to meet expenses this

academic year, including University overhead, with modest revenue generation.

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist Program

       The first class of the CRNA program with a Master’s Degree in Nursing Science will

graduate in December. Preparation for an accreditation visit in Spring 2008 is currently

underway. Most of the eight graduates plan to join the Medical Center of Central Georgia where

they are much needed. Currently a search is underway for a new program director. Two

candidates have been interviewed, and a decision will be made soon.

Early Admission

       MUSM has just completed the early admission selection for the 2008 entering class.

There were sixty-seven applicants and twenty-seven have been selected, which constitutes

45% of the entering class for the Macon campus. A total of 600 applicants have applied to date;

the pool is anticipated to be more than the 732 applicants in 2006-07. Of the accepted early

applicants, the grade point average is 3.53, which exceeds previous years, and the average

MCAT is 25.42, which is higher than last year.


       A task force has completed its review of the Curriculum and Instruction Committee

(CIC). The task force recommended that MUSM have a single CIC for the campuses in Macon

and Savannah. The Executive Committee has agreed.

       The Study Guide Task Force, chaired by Tina Thompson, Ph.D., has formatted the study

guide to make it consistent in appearance and consistent in regard to the location of reference

page numbers.

       The Rules and Bylaws Committee has reported that proposals for changes in the bylaws

are under discussion, which includes a review of committee membership and structure.

Atlanta Medical Center

       MUSM has discussed with the Atlanta Medical Center the possibility of sending third-

and fourth-year students there for their clinical rotations, similar to what the School currently

administers at the Memorial Health University Medical Center. Administrative representatives of

MUSM have met several times with Steven Salzman, M.D., medical director of the hospital.

MUSM hopes that these meetings will lead to clinical rotations for medical students as early as

Fall 2008.

Guaranteed Admission Track

       Work continues with the College of Liberal Arts under the direction of Dean Richard

Fallis to develop a “guaranteed admission track for qualified freshmen” who will be selected

from high schools. All of them must be legal residents of the state of Georgia. MUSM plans to

enter ten highly selected freshmen students for this program in Fall 2008.

Research and Other MCCG Connections

       Increased funding for research is a major priority at MUSM. The School is working

closely with President Underwood to achieve mutually beneficial research with the Medical

Center of Central Georgia (MCCG). MUSM continues to work with MCCG to enhance relations.

On September 5, 2007, the School of Medicine raised three flags in front of MUSM. The flag of

Mercer University School of Medicine (center) is flanked by The Medical Center of Central

Georgia flag and the Memorial Health University Medical Center flag.

Funding Issues

       The continuing problem facing MUSM is the lack of adequate funds to provide

scholarships and to increase the MUSM endowment, which will eventually provide a flow of

funds to defray some of the expenses of students. The 2007 graduating class owed an average

of $155,000, which is above the national average. MUSM and the LCME continue to be

concerned with student indebtedness. A 25th anniversary dinner on November 3, 2007 was

held to raise awareness of funding for MUSM along with alumni meetings around the state.

Increasing the endowment, as well as the scholarship fund, are the top priorities at present.

              E. Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and Economics

       The Princeton Review publishes annual rankings of schools of business. In its most

recent publication detailing 290 MBA programs, the Stetson School of Business and Economics

(Atlanta-MBA) received the number one ranking for the greatest opportunity for women. Unlike

some other ranking systems, the Princeton Review uses responses of students to rank business

schools. Student opinion is validation of Mercer’s commitment to a student-oriented culture

rooted in an environment of mutual respect, where every student matters and learns to make a


       This fall, the Stetson School of Business and Economics (SSBE) has enrolled 1,130

students in all programs. This includes a new PMBA cohort in Savannah.

       SSBE is engaged in a strategic planning process that President Underwood initiated. As

part of the plan, SSBE is considering developing a new Master of Accountancy program for the

Atlanta campus. In addition, the faculty of the School is investigating starting a junior/senior

international business day program on the Atlanta campus. In both instances, the programs on

both the Macon and Atlanta campuses will be more closely linked, enhancing the School’s

appeal to students at both the undergraduate and graduate level.

       The faculty of SSBE has also been active in the area of research. Dr. Kathy Mack has

had her paper entitled, “Going to Sea: Co-creating the Aesthetic Dimension of Shipboard

Organizational Life,” accepted for publication in Culture and Organization. Dr. Angela Dills has

had her paper entitled, “Time of Day and Academic Performance: Does class time affect student

grades,” accepted for publication in the Economics of Education Review. Drs. Tammy

Crutchfield and Vicki Eveland have had their paper entitled, “Rethinking the First Year for and

Increasing Retention of Business School Students,” accepted for publication in the Journal of

the Academy of Business Education. Finally, Dr. Linda Brennan has had her book entitled,

Computer-Mediated Relationships and Trusts: Managerial and Organizational Effects, published

by Information Science Reference.

       The SSBE is preparing for its maintenance of accreditation visit by AACSB – The

International Association for Management Education during March 2009. The team that will

review the School is chaired by Dean Jack Wilkerson, Calloway School of Business, Wake

Forest University; Dean Craig McAllaster, Crummer School of Business, Rollins College; and

Dean Hugh McMillan, Millsaps College. Maintenance of accreditation visits occur every five

years. SSBE received initial accreditation by the AACSB in February 2004.

       On July 1, 2007, Dr. Gina Miller and Dr. David McIntyre assumed the roles of interim

associate deans of the Atlanta and Macon campuses, respectively. Both, Drs. Miller and

McIntyre bring a commitment to the student-centered culture that is important to SSBE and to

the University.

                                  F. School of Engineering

       Graduate programs continue to experience significant enrollment increases. An

Educational Partnership Agreement with the Warner Robins Air Logistics Center has increased

demand for graduate degree offerings. Two graduate programs enjoy success as online

programs. The master’s degree in Software Systems Engineering has evolved as an online

offering. Strong demand continues from mid-career professionals in the United States and

other countries for the online master’s degree in Technical Communication Management.

       Graduates of the Mercer University School of Engineering (MUSE) serve as engineers,

industrial managers, and technical communication professionals. Working professionals pursue

MUSE graduate degrees to advance their careers. Undergraduate students assist industry and

government through design teams that solve real problems. Faculty members provide technical

expertise to a wide variety of private and public needs through consulting and donation of their


       Dr. Clayton R. Paul, Sam Nunn Eminent Professor of Aerospace Engineering and

professor of Electrical Engineering, was recognized by the IEEE Electromagnetic Compatibility

Society in an unusual way. The Society recognized him for having authored the fourth most-

referenced paper of all papers published by the Society during its fifty-year history: “Frequency

Response of Multiconductor Transmission Lines Illuminated by an Electromagnetic Field,” EMC

18(4). November 1976, p 183.

       Dr. Marjorie Davis, founding chair of the Technical Communication program in the

School of Engineering was recently awarded the 2007 Ronald S. Blicq Award for Distinction in

Technical Communication Education. This is an international award of the IEEE Professional

Communication Society.

       Dr. Sinjae Hyun, assistant professor of Biomedical Engineering, is using the KECK

Engineering Analysis Center for teaching five biomedical courses, plus several independent

studies and senior design projects. He developed three teaching modules for computational

fluid dynamics modeling and simulations using CFX software available in the Center. This

software has made possible publication of four peer-reviewed professional journal papers and

twenty conference papers/posters that were presented at regional, national, and international

conferences. In addition, several undergraduate students have presented research papers and

received awards at professional meetings.

       The School of Engineering was awarded $55,000 by the Kern Family Foundation to

establish an Entrepreneurship Program for engineering undergraduates in partnership with the

Stetson School of Business and Economics. Dr. Radharamanan, professor of Industrial

Engineering, serves as principal investigator of the funded project in cooperation with Dr. Ha Vo,

assistant professor of Biomedical Engineering, and Mr. Ray Crumbley, Entrepreneurship

coordinator. Initially focused on all students enrolled in the School of Engineering, the program

is intended to be available to other undergraduates, especially those enrolled in the Stetson

School of Business and Economics.

       The new Science and Engineering Building is fully operational. Four electronic and four

mechanical engineering laboratories are in use for teaching and research. The technical

communication faculty and students use a curriculum development laboratory. All faculty

members in the Department of Technical Communication have offices near the curriculum

development laboratory and the multimedia classrooms. Many classes use the two multimedia

classrooms on a daily basis. One of the rooms is used to provide graduate engineering courses

online on a trial basis. Senior Design Project teams and undergraduate student research

projects occupy the student project laboratories. Graduate students are using offices attached

to engineering laboratories.

       Use of the new building has provided for reallocation of space in the Science and

Engineering Building. Laboratory space for the biomedical and environmental engineering

specializations increased significantly. Several faculty members are in new offices and the

number of laboratories for faculty and student research has increased.

                   G. James and Carolyn McAfee School of Theology

       The McAfee School of Theology has taken several important steps since the April 2007

trustee meeting:

       1. Enrollment. The McAfee School of Theology had a spring M.Div. enrollment of 207

students, graduated thirty-five students in May, had an attrition of six students, and admitted

forty-eight students in the fall. The Fall 2007 enrollment is 214 M.Div. students and twenty-three

D.Min. students, for a total of 237 students.

       2. Faculty and Staff. After ten years of service to the McAfee School of Theology as

Senior Professor of Supervised Ministry, Dr. J. Truett Gannon retired on June 30, 2007. Mr.

James N. (Dock) Hollingsworth, who has served as director of admissions and assistant dean

became assistant instructor of Supervised Ministry on July 1, 2007. Dock is scheduled to

complete the Doctor of Ministry degree in May 2008.

       The School of Theology currently has thirteen full-time faculty positions. Dr. William

Loyd Allen was scheduled to be on sabbatical leave this year, but he postponed his sabbatical

for a year because the search process for a second professor of Church history has not yet led

to a new appointment.

       3. Endowment. The School of Theology endowment has reached $11,691,558.14, with

a total of $22,345,419.95 received and pledged of endowment as of June 30, 2007.

       4. Alumni. After nine graduations, McAfee has 246 alumni. A total of 185 of the 246 are

in ministry (88.6%), which is well above the average for ATS schools. Thirty-seven are pastors,

ten are pastoral residents, seventy-seven others are associate pastors or serve in staff

positions, thirty-one are chaplains, and twenty serve in church-related ministries. Thirty-three

are pursuing Th.M. or Ph.D. studies or teaching.

       5. Doctor of Ministry Degree. This degree is a professional doctorate for M.Div.

graduates who have at least three years of full-time experience in ministry. It requires three

seminars on campus during “J” terms, three semesters of work with a field supervisor, and a

project thesis that is written in the fourth year. The fourth class of D.Min. students began in July

2007, with five students, bringing the total number of D.Min. students enrolled at McAfee to


       6. Library. The Swilley Library reported a total of 51,059 volumes in the Theology

collection in October 2007. The continued growth of this collection is vital for the ATS

accreditation and the excellence of the academic programs in Theology. The University can be

proud of the service rendered by the Library staff in this effort.

       7. Association of Theological Studies Self-Study. In June 2007, the Board of

Commissioners of the Association of Theological Schools reaffirmed accreditation of the

McAfee School of Theology for a period of ten years (Spring 2017) and approved the following

degree programs: Master of Divinity (M.Div.) and Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) preliminary. The

accreditors commended in particular (1) “the extraordinary level of commitment, loyalty, and

dedication of all stakeholders at the School and the University,” (2) “the ongoing stability and

progress of the School,” and (3) “the adherence to the focus of ‘Knowing, Being, and Doing’ as

a particular strength of the M.Div. program.” The accreditors encouraged the School to give

attention to the following areas: (1) “Given the demographic makeup of the student body and

the change in relationship with the Georgia Baptist Convention, focused attention on the

School’s current and future identity,” and (2) “increased attention to representative diversity as it

relates to curriculum, pedagogy, worship, faculty, administration, student services, admission,

and staff.” The Commission requested reports in three areas: (1) by April 2008: “the

development of a comprehensive institutional assessment plan, with particular focus on

developing and implementing student learning outcomes,” “progress in increasing human

resources in the area of support staff and faculty,” and “the process for assessing the governing

board and board of visitors”; (2) by April 2009: a comprehensive assessment plan and an

increase in the breadth and depth of the theology library collection; and (3) by April 2010:

“implementation of the institutional assessment plan, with a focus on demonstrating how

analysis of assessment data has been used to improve academic programs, institutional

service, and personnel performance.”

        8. Mission Immersion. The annual mission immersion program was canceled for 2007

because of budget cutbacks, but has been budgeted for 2008.

        9. Lilly Residency Program. In Fall 2005, McAfee received a Lilly Endowment grant for

$2,000,000 to undertake a five-year program designed to help graduates make the transition

from school to the pastorate. Implementing the proposed program, McAfee has established a

series of two-year residencies for McAfee graduates in teaching churches that support Mercer.

Six residents completed the program in Summer 2007, and six more began residencies in June

2007. Both the residents and the supervising pastors meet in peer groups. Mr. Dock

Hollingsworth, assistant dean, directs the residency program, meets with the peer groups, and

collaborates with partners at the Care and Counseling Center of Georgia and the Pastoral


        10. Concentration in Urban Mission. The McAfee School of Theology received a

curriculum development grant of $100,000 from Faith and the City in July 2006 and an

additional $85,000 in July 2007 to develop a concentration in Urban Mission. The first group of

students in this concentration completed their work this year.

        11. Events. The Mercer Preaching Consultation, which was held on St. Simons Island,

September 23-25, 2007, drew a record 230 participants. Dr. Amy-Jill Levine, the E. Rhodes and

Leona B. Carpenter professor of New Testament Studies at Vanderbilt University Divinity

School, will give the William L. Self Preaching Lectures, February 18-19, 2008.

        The McAfee School of Theology continues on a path of fidelity to its mission and

strength in its programs.

                                  H. Tift College of Education

Enrollments and Program Updates

       Tift College of Education is pleased to report record enrollments for Fall 2007.

Preliminary fall enrollment data indicate a 17.6% increase in headcount and 21.1% increase in

credit hours over Fall 2006.

       The Early Care and Education program (birth-through-five certification program) has

experienced significant growth since its initiation last year, with sixty students currently enrolled

in the program at the Henry County Regional Academic Center, dramatically surpassing a

projected enrollment of twenty-five students. This growth, in part, can be attributed to

partnerships formed with various childcare agencies and to faculty grant activity.

       The Educational Leadership program admitted its second cohort of doctoral candidates

in Fall 2007. A new higher education leadership track was initiated this year to prepare

candidates to serve in leadership roles in colleges and universities. There are ninety-two

doctoral candidates enrolled in the program in either the P-12 school leadership track or the

higher education leadership track.

Faculty Activity and Recognitions

       Tift College faculty continue to be productive in their research and scholarship efforts.

Highlights include recognitions of both junior and senior faculty members, as well as

collaborative projects involving multiple faculty members from across the College. Professor

Sharon Augustine co-authored an article that received the 2008 Association of Teacher

Educators Distinguished Research Award. Dr. Sylvia Taylor was chosen as the recipient of the

Georgia Association of Teacher Educators’ Distinguished Dissertation in Teacher Education

Award for her study, Academic Resilience in African American Students: A Study of Recovery

from Proximal Risk. Dr. Dana Lilly joins a growing list of Tift College faculty who have been

chosen for the prestigious Governor’s Teaching Fellows program. Dr. Karen Michael co-wrote

Mastering the Georgia Third-Grade CRCT in Reading. Dr. Thomas Kellow wrote two statistical

methodology articles, published in Best Practices in Quantitative Methods; he has also

published recently in the International Journal of Special Education and in the Journal of

Psychological Type. Dr. Jianhua Feng, Tift College of Education’s recipient of the Cathryn

Futral Excellence in Teaching award, contributed a chapter in a new book entitled Research and

Development in Education, published by Remin University Press, Beijing, China. The work of

school law expert, Dr. Kevin Jenkins, was cited as support in a recent U. S. Supreme Court

brief. The faculty are collaborating on a second collection of professional essays, Sometimes I

Did All I Could, to be published by Mercer University Press in 2008. The Educational

Leadership faculty have launched the Mercer Journal of Educational Leadership, nationally

refereed and electronically published quarterly, to encourage discussion of leadership practices

and issues among educational leaders.

Partnerships and Collaborative Efforts

       The Tift College of Education has taken another step to establish itself as Georgia’s

leader in teacher education. Building upon an articulation agreement with the Georgia

Department of Technical and Adult Education and supported by external funding from state

agencies, the College has taken the lead in the development of curricula to meet certification

standards for birth-through-five programs. Two state agencies have given Mercer University

grants in support of its innovative Early Care and Education program. For the third consecutive

year, the College has received funding of $90,624 from the Department of Early Care and

Learning to continue the work of a statewide steering committee to promote the creation and

articulation of early care and education programs in the state. The College also received an

additional $150,000 this year from the Georgia Professional Standards Commission through

collaboration with Kennesaw State University to support curriculum development for the early

care and education programs. Tift College of Education was just named as the professional

development partner in a $4.4 million Early Reading First grant awarded to the United Way of

Metro Atlanta from the United States Department of Education. Tift’s faculty will offer

professional development experiences to child care professionals currently teaching in the

metro Atlanta area.

       Tift’s collaborative efforts are extending into the international education community as it

hosts two international scholars this year, one from the People’s Republic of China and one

from South Korea. These scholars will collaborate with Tift’s faculty in the areas of second

language acquisition, early childhood learning and development, and educational leadership.

Accreditation Update

       The College had its joint accreditation visit from the National Council on Accreditation of

Teacher Education and the Georgia Professional Standards Commission November 10-14,

2007. The official accreditation decision will not be received until late Spring 2008. The

process has provided the College the opportunity to document and communicate the quality of

its professional education programs to the professional community. The faculty showcased the

extensive assessment system developed for purposes of reviewing and making continual

improvements to the College’s programs. Copies of the comprehensive NCATE/PSC

Institutional Report are available from Dr. Susan Malone, associate dean and Accreditation

coordinator by calling (478) 301-5399.

                          I. Georgia Baptist College of Nursing

       Effective Fall 2006 semester, a pre-nursing program was initiated on the Macon campus,

but no new freshman students were admitted to the College of Nursing for the 2006-07

academic year. Five pre-nursing students transferred from the Macon campus and entered the

sophomore year of nursing courses in Fall 2007. Effective Fall 2008, freshman students will

again be admitted to the Atlanta campus.

College of Nursing Highlights

   •   More than 125 students received recognition and awards during the annual Recognition

       Banquet on April 24, 2007.

   •   Graduation awards and honors were presented at the May 4, 2007 Pinning Ceremony.

       The Commencement Ceremony was held on May 5, 2007; Mr. Kerry Gough, Travelers

       Insurance District Manager who has provided extensive leadership to Baptist

       organizations, was the speaker.

   •   During the 2006-07 academic year, six students served as state officers within the

       Georgia Association of Nursing Students (GANS). These students and approximately

       thirty-five other Georgia Baptist College of Nursing students represented their state

       organization, the College of Nursing, and Mercer University at the annual convention of

       the National Student Nurses Association (NSNA) in Anaheim, California in April 2007.

   •   The College of Nursing hosted the state-wide meeting of the Georgia Osteoporosis

       Initiative on September 19, 2007. Two faculty members from the College of Nursing are

       members of this group: Dr. Linda Streit, associate dean for the graduate program, and

       Dr. Dare R. Domico, professor.

   •   Over 145 College of Nursing students participated in the Dedication / Re-dedication

       Ceremony held September 21, 2007 at Second-Ponce de Leon Baptist Church.

       Students received the first of two pins from the College. Additionally, Piedmont Nursing

    Scholars received a pin from the Center of Health and Learning. Connie Whittington,

    director of Nursing Systems, Piedmont Healthcare, was the speaker for this occasion.

•   The College of Nursing has begun a self-study process leading to the re-accreditation

    evaluation visit by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) on October

    6-8, 2008.

•   Over 165 College of Nursing students attended the annual convention of the GANS held

    October 11-14, 2007 in Athens, Georgia. Forty-one delegates were seated by the

    College of Nursing. Five Georgia Baptist College of Nursing students were elected to

    the 2007-08 GANS Board of Directors: Layne Mankowski, 2nd vice president; Michael

    Grossman, treasurer; Kristin Borgia, legislative director; Sabrina Thomas, nominations &

    elections, West District; and Vito Crespo, alternate board member. Additionally, the

    Georgia Baptist Association of Nursing Students (GBANS) received the very

    distinguished Chapter of the Year Award.

•   College of Nursing enrollment for Fall 2007 is 433 students. The 2007-08 budgeted

    enrollment number was 404.

•   A total of 124 new transfer students were admitted to the nursing program in Fall 2007.

    Twenty-three of those students have four-year degrees, and two have graduate degrees

    in another discipline. The mean age of these students is twenty-six, and the age range

    is nineteen to fifty-seven. There are 109 students from the metro-Atlanta area.

•   The College of Nursing completed the CCNE Continuous Improvement Program Report

    for the graduate program.

•   The College of Nursing has appointed faculty members to the Doctoral Program(s)

    Planning Committee, which is charged to create and implement the proposed Ph.D.

    program in nursing and a proposed D.N.P. program (after the proposed implementation

    of the Ph.D. program).

•   The first endowed chair for the College of Nursing has been established, toward which

    Piedmont Healthcare has donated $2.85 million. Known as the Piedmont Healthcare

    Endowed Chair in Nursing, this distinguished appointment will be held by a preeminent

    educator, scholar, and researcher.

•   Dr. Susan S. Gunby, dean, was an invited plenary speaker at the March 29, 2007 first

    national conference on the Doctorate of Nursing Practice degree. The meeting was

    hosted by Drexel University and was held in Annapolis, MD.

•   Dr. Gunby was named to the 2007-08 Georgia Cancer Coalition’s Advisory Review

    Committee for the Distinguished Cancer Clinicians and Scientists Program.

•   Dr. Gunby was named to the 2007-08 Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) Advisory

    Council that will report directly to the STTI Honor Society of Nursing’s Board of Directors.

    This newly established, international committee is composed of nine deans and seven

    chief nursing officers from the United States, Canada, Hong Kong, and Australia.

                   J. College of Continuing and Professional Studies


       The College of Continuing and Professional Studies will celebrate its fifth anniversary at

its faculty meeting on January 18, 2008. Enrollment in the College is 670 with a mean age of

thirty-five and a range of nineteen to sixty-seven years of age. Most of the students in the

College are employed in the fields that they are studying and are returning to complete a higher

level of education to advance their careers and lead fuller lives. The graduate program in

counseling attracts students from throughout the Southeast and beyond and has attracted

several students who have terminal professional degrees in other fields, but who are now

seeking to become licensed professional counselors. As the number of students enrolling in the

program has increased, so has the quality. In addition to Mercer undergraduates, the

counseling program has attracted graduates from Wake Forest University, Brandeis University,

Cornell University, Duke University, Emory University, New York University, University of North

Carolina–Chapel Hill, University of Texas at Austin, University of Sorbonne, and other nationally

known institutions. The graduate program in public safety leadership attracts law enforcement

officials from metro Atlanta who are seeking professional advancement.

       An extraordinary number of the College of Continuing and Professional Studies

graduates are committed to continuing their education beyond the bachelor’s degree; In May

2007, 71% of them indicated that they intend to attend graduate school. Alumni of the College

hold professional and leadership positions in federal, state, and local government agencies,

non-profit organizations, and area companies.

Recruitment of new students to the College

       The College’s work with Admissions to recruit new students parallels the proposed ten-

year goal of attracting and retaining quality undergraduate, graduate, and professional students.

The College is working to reduce the number of provisionally admitted students through the re-

implementation of the Academic Standards Committee’s review of all applicant files

recommended for provisional admission. This work of the Academic Standards Committee

complements the College’s commitment to admitting only qualified students.

       Achieving national accreditation will increase the attractiveness of these programs to

prospective students. The graduate program in Community Counseling has applied for

professional accreditation through the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related

Educational Programs, and the undergraduate program in Human Services is completing its

self-study in preparation for professional accreditation by the Council on Standards for Human

Services Education.

       The College is teaming with Admissions for visits to metro-Atlanta community and

technical colleges. It is hosting events targeting specific populations, such as Metropol, which

includes public safety leaders from the metro-Atlanta area. It is also hosting alumni events,

forming a College alumni council, and developing concise talking points related to each of the

College’s programs for use by Admissions recruiters and Regional Academic Center

coordinators. In addition to increasing admission standards for its undergraduate students, the

College’s retention efforts include continuation and refinement of the student orientation and

proficiency testing program, development of an academic advisor training handbook, and

adjunct faculty development workshops. The College’s retention to graduation rate is 62%, and

while few benchmarks for retention of adult learners can be found in the literature, Mercer’s rate

is consistently higher than the 30% often cited as the norm.

Proposed expansion programs

       In collaboration with the Tift College of Education, key counseling faculty are developing

a proposal for a master’s degree in School Counseling. The College is also doing a needs

analysis to develop and implement a doctoral program in counseling to be offered on the Atlanta

campus. It is exploring the expansion of the current master’s program in Community

Counseling to the Douglas, Henry, and Savannah campuses. The College has also begun to

explore the feasibility of a gerontology and long-term care services master’s program as well as

a concentration for undergraduate working adults. At the master’s level, the program’s

curriculum and courses could conceivably include course work and faculty expertise from the

Georgia Baptist College of Nursing, the Stetson School of Business and Economics, and the

College of Continuing and Professional Studies.

       The College will begin offering undergraduate programs in Criminal Justice and

Organization Leadership on the Atlanta campus in January 2008. The Organization Leadership

major is a sixteen-month, cohort-based degree program with classes meeting on Saturday. The

Criminal Justice major is offered in the evening.

Strategic planning in support of the proposed ten-year goals

       The College has intensified its strategic planning process and focused it on

reexamination of the College’s existing strategic plan adopted in August 2004 and on the vision

statement and ten-year goals proposed by the University Planning Committee. To organize this

task for maximum effectiveness, the College’s Executive Committee was combined with the

Assessment and Planning Committee to form a Strategic Planning Task Force. Marna Burns,

assistant professor of Counseling and Human Services, serves as chair of the task force, which

is meeting weekly and adhering to a task list and time table that includes facilitating focus

groups of faculty and students at all sites where the College’s students are enrolled.

Strengthening of the learning environment (Faculty and Curriculum)

       Faculty development and scholarship. For the third consecutive year, the College is

offering its faculty development series, Dialogues on Teaching and Learning, which is open to

faculty throughout the University. To begin the new academic year, the College held two

events: a faculty development workshop for adjunct faculty members, as well as a faculty

development retreat for full-time faculty. Both meetings focused on assessment, specifically the

development of measurable student learning outcomes. Dr. Priscilla Danheiser, associate dean

and professor of Human Services in the College, led a plenary session at both events. Each

department in the College will offer individual workshops to assist adjunct faculty in assessing

student learning and teaching effectiveness.

       Two faculty members, Dr. Kenneth Revels, assistant professor and chair of the

Department of Information Systems, and Dr. Colleen Stapleton, assistant professor of Science,

were selected for participation in the elite Governor’s Teaching Fellows Professional

Development Program. Dr. Karen Lacey, Dr. Margaret Eskew, Dr. Priscilla Danheiser, and Dr.

Charles Roberts were selected for competitive University-wide summer faculty development

programs focused on service learning and the Baptist heritage.

       Dr. Colleen Stapleton was selected to present her on-going work on the innovative use

of technology to enhance science learning for working adults at the Math and Science

Symposium sponsored by the SouthEast Educational Inc. in Knoxville, TN. Conference

participants included National Science Foundation and Department of Energy program officers.

At the request of Provost Fleming, Dr. Maryellen Potts, assistant professor of English, and Dr.

Lynn Clemons, assistant professor of Organization Leadership, presented the College’s “Writing

Assessment Program” to deans, University Planning Committee members, and a member of the

Institutional Effectiveness staff. Dr. Danheiser and Ms. Kelly Jones, adjunct faculty member for

information systems, led a session on digital storytelling for the Governor’s Teaching Fellows

Summer Symposium at the University of Georgia.

       Assessment for continuous improvement. From its founding, the College has been

committed to research-based decision making, the use of baselining and benchmarking

strategies, and assessment of student learning outcomes to achieve and maintain the quality of

its programs. Three years ago, for example, the College initiated an adult learner orientation

program that included proficiency testing in writing, reading comprehension, and mathematics to

assist faculty in advising returning adult students. This orientation program is required for all

entering students, including those enrolling in the Tift College of Education and the Stetson

School of Business and Economics. Many of these students have attended two or more

colleges or universities and have been out of school for five or more years. This innovative

program, developed and led by Dr. Gail Johnson, assistant dean in the College and visiting

assistant professor of Human Services and Organization Leadership, has received regional and

national attention for its innovative approach to reducing barriers to entrance and for increasing

persistence and retention among adult learners. Several universities that enroll adults have

adopted the program’s Resource Guide for Successful Learning Strategies for Adult Learners

as part of the materials they make available to new adult students.

       At the same time the orientation program was instituted, faculty established an annual

program in which a sample of senior writing is evaluated by a cross-disciplinary team of faculty

to determine not only a mastery of writing, but also the capacity for critical thinking. One of the

outcomes of this work this past year is the identification of required writing intensive courses in

all of the majors the College offers. Beginning in Fall 2007, the cross-disciplinary faculty team

that makes up the College’s Assessment Committee began developing a rubric, so that student

oral communication skills can be assessed and improved. The ultimate goal is to create a

culture of continuous assessment of teaching and student learning in the College. Not only are

these activities innovative within Mercer, but based on feedback at professional conferences

and meetings, the College’s adult learner orientation program and commitment to assessment

of student learning represent best practices nationally.

Outreach through Professional Development Training and Education.

       One of the most important characteristics of the College is its commitment to innovation

and entrepreneurship in teaching and curriculum development. These characteristics are also

evident in the non-credit workforce development and professional training outreach programs.

       •   The College offers leadership development and workforce development training

           programs leading to addiction counselor certification for substance abuse counselors

           and also for public safety professionals at the request of local, state, and federal

           agencies including the State Department of Human Resources and the Centers for

           Disease Control and Prevention.

•   The College offers professional education workshops focused on

    psychopharmacology and ethics through the Department of Counseling and Human

    Sciences. These programs attract psychologists, licensed professional counselors,

    social workers, and marriage and family therapists.

•   The College has developed a concept paper proposing a workforce development

    training center for substance abuse counselors.

•   Two faculty, Dr. Kyra Osmus and Ms. Marna Burns, served as site coordinators for

    The National Organization of Human Services annual meeting in Atlanta, October 31

    – November 3, 2007.

                               K. Townsend School of Music


       This fall, Townsend had an enrollment of eighteen graduate students and eighty-nine

undergraduate students (twenty-seven freshmen and three transfers) for a total of 107 students.

By way of comparison, the total enrollment for Fall 2001 was 47 students. Of the twenty-seven

freshmen enrollees, seven were string students in this inaugural year of the McDuffie Center for



       The Townsend School of Music was under the leadership of its first Dean, Dr. John N.

Roberts, for the 2006-07 academic year. In May 2007, Dr. Stanley L. Roberts, director of

Choral Studies, was appointed as interim dean and will continue in that capacity until a national

search is undertaken. This search for a dean will begin once a new provost has been named by

the University. This fall, Townsend began preparations for the 2009-10 National Association of

Schools of Music (NASM) accreditation visit. Because the 2006-07 academic year was the first

year as a School of Music, Townsend established a new structure for the School of Music and

completed a new Faculty Policies and Guidelines Handbook that was approved by the Board of

Trustees in the April 2007 meeting. Patty Crocker is administrative assistant to the Dean; Dr.

John Simons is director of Graduate Studies; and Dr. Doug Hill is director of Undergraduate

Studies. Townsend has established appropriate academic departments with fourteen full-time

faculty members, fifteen part-time faculty members, one artist-in-residence, one distinguished

university professor, and one director of the McDuffie Center for Strings.


       In Spring 2006, Townsend sought to expand the Master of Music (M.M.) in Choral

Conducting to include instrumental conducting. A request was sent to the National Association

of Schools of Music (NASM) accrediting body requesting the degree expansion from the M.M. in

Choral Conducting to the M.M in Conducting (Choral or Instrumental). NASM responded in

Summer 2007 and asked for minor curricular clarification and the submission of a “Plan

Approval.” Townsend enrolled two students in the M.M. in Conducting-Instrumental in Fall



        Dr. Martha Malone, professor of voice, was an Artist/Performer/Teacher in Summer

2007 with the Bibb County Institute for the Arts—performing two lecture-recitals and leading two

workshops for general elementary, middle, and high school teachers. Additionally in October

2007, she was a Master Class clinician and recitalist with Dr. Jean Roberts at Macon State


        This summer, Dr. Monty Cole, professor of jazz studies, worked as the Coordinator of

Jazz Studies at the International Music Camp, where he recorded a CD with the IMC All Star

Faculty Big Band, presented clinics, and supervised faculty concert sessions. In September

2007, he performed as saxophone soloist with the Larry McWilliams Jazz Ensemble, a

renowned ensemble featuring jazz faculty from several of the largest jazz programs in the

nation, including Florida State University and the University of North Florida. In October 2007,

he presented a recital with Jean Roberts and directed a clarinet master class at Montevallo

State University. He performs regularly with the Macon Symphony and provided arrangements

for the Otis Redding Pops concert. As a member of the Macon Jazz Association, he helped

plan and organize the annual Jazz on Riverdale street festival.

        Adrian Gnam, Distinguished Artist-in-Residence, guest-conducted at University of

Delaware, gave an oboe master class and performed on the Master Players chamber series. In

September 2007, he performed with the internationally famed organist Diane Bish, at First

Baptist Church in Macon, with Dr. Stanley L. Roberts as conductor. He is also collaborating

with the Mercer Children’s Choir with Dr. Simons, conductor.

        During the summer, Amy Schwartz Moretti, director of the Robert McDuffie Center for

Strings, was a guest artist for the following: Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival (Florida),

Brevard Music Center Chamber Music Series (North Carolina), Chamber Music Northwest

(Oregon), Madison Chamber Music Festival (Georgia), Olympic Music Festival (Washington),

the Rome Chamber Music Festival (Italy), and the Seattle Chamber Music Festival

(Washington). She had the opportunity to collaborate with many of today’s finest chamber

musicians including her McDuffie Center colleagues: Christopher Rex, (principal cellist of the

Atlanta Symphony and cello chair and distinguished artist of the Center), the Diaz Trio

(internationally acclaimed string trio and Center distinguished visiting artist trio), and with Robert

McDuffie (distinguished Mercer University professor of Music). Since April 2007, she has been

a guest concerto soloist with the Oregon Symphony Orchestra, the Salem Chamber Orchestra,

and the OSU-Corvalis Symphony.

       Dr. Stanley L. Roberts accepted an invitation by one of Mercer’s sister schools, Seinan

Jo Gakuin University in Kitakyushu, to tour Japan in May 2007 with the Mercer Singers. The

forty-voice choir, accompanied by Carol Goff, gave a total of seven concerts in Kitakyushu,

Fukuoka, Nagasaki, and Oita—three on University campuses (Seinan Gakuin, Seinan Jo

Gakuin, and Kwasui Women's University) and one in the fabulous Hibiki Concert Hall

(Kitakyushu). In addition to performing, students and faculty members spent many hours in

cultural exchange and assisting Japanese students in improving their conversational English

skills. Seinan Gakuin was a school founded by the Rev. C. K. Dozier, a Baptist missionary and

Mercerian, in 1916.

       Dr. John Simons and Dr. Stanley L. Roberts continue in their work as editors on the

Mercer University and Townsend Institute hymnal project, entitled Celebrating Grace: Hymnal

for Baptist Worship. The project has over 50 volunteer committee members from across the

United States and Canada. The hymnal is set for release in 2009.


       Junior Mary Brooke Quarles was selected as the winner of the Cheryl Boyd Waddell

award for excellence in singing, which was given at the annual Fall Master Classes of the

Georgia chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing on Nov. 2-3, 2007. Also,

Mary Brooke Quarles (junior), Kristin Moye (master’s), Loretta Seabolt (senior), Elisabeth Slaten

(sophomore) were selected by audition to perform among the nine singers in the Georgia

chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing annual Master Classes.

       The Rome Chamber Music Festival with Robert McDuffie as artistic director was held in

June 2007 in Italy. The annual two-week musical festival, featuring masterworks and world-

class musicians, is held in L’Oratorio del Gonfalone, located just off Via Guilia in historic Rome.

Its educational mission is “to encourage and inspire gifted American and Italian music students

by inviting them to Rome to participate in Master Classes with the Festival artists.” This

summer, Mercer students Lavena Johanson (cellist, freshman from Washington) and Joelle

Arnhold (violist, sophomore from Washington) performed at the Rome Chamber Music Festival

and participated in Master Classes.


       Townsend uses two buildings for educational instruction: The Allan & Rosemary

McCorkle Music Building and the Newton Chapel/Annex. McCorkle is a wonderful facility, but

space has become a challenge. Newton is functional, but renovations are needed for both the

chapel and the annex. In Fall 2007, the School of Music had to suspend the Mercer Music for

Young Preparatory Program, a significant outreach tool and teaching lab, so the offices and

classrooms that the program used in Newton Annex could be assigned to undergraduate and

graduate educational needs. This action created a needed faculty studio and adjunct teaching

space for Townsend. Currently, Townsend uses two other rooms in Newton for classroom and

studio instruction. Other spaces in Newton exist, but significant renovation is required for

usage. As the School continues to grow and expand, the need for instructional space (both

classroom and studio) will become a major issue. Currently, Townsend has the following space

needs: (1) two additional classrooms, (2) two small rooms for chamber music rehearsal, (3) two

adjunct teaching studios, (4) one full-time faculty studio, and (5) eight to ten additional practice


External Outreach

         Townsend School of Music continues with the Fickling Hall Recital Series for 2007-08 in

which more than sixty musical events by faculty, student ensembles, and guest artists will be

presented. Additionally, students will give some thirty junior, senior, and master’s recitals.

Townsend School of Music is markedly involved in external programs that serve as tools for

community educational outreach and recruitment. The Mercer/Macon Symphony Youth

Orchestra (fifty-one community players) and the Mercer Children’s Choir (seventy-nine singers)

continue to strengthen in number and musical quality.

         The faculty continues to be very involved in clinics and workshops in local schools and

throughout the state and southern region, as well as performing concerts and recitals outside

the Macon area. In September 2007, The Robert McDuffie & Friends Labor Day Festival for

Strings welcomed seventeen gifted high school string students. Performances were given in

Fickling Hall with master classes and lessons in other areas of McCorkle.

         In September 2007, arrangements were made with Youth Cue, an organization

dedicated to Youth Choirs, to host the Mercer & Youth Cue International Youth Choir in July

2008. The 125-voice auditioned choir will rehearse at Mercer, have Master Classes with

Townsend faculty, and then perform a concert in Macon before embarking on a music and

missions concert tour of Mexico.

                                    L. University Libraries

       The past six months have seen significant activity. The Libraries continue to work with

the University administration on planning for the arrival of the American Baptist Historical

Society Archives collection on the Atlanta campus in early 2008. This is a tremendous

opportunity to partner with this center for Baptist study in Atlanta and to strengthen Mercer’s

archives operations to meet the needs of current and future patrons.

       The University Libraries are actively involved in helping plan the celebration of Mercer’s

175th anniversary in 2008. Laura Botts, Arlene Desselles, and Lee Twombly have provided

many documents, photos, and artifacts from the archives collections for inclusion for a display

case in Heritage Hall in the University Center to note this milestone in Mercer history. In

addition, they have provided material for another Heritage Hall display on University Libraries.

       A new enhancement to the shared online catalog—Advanced Keyword Searching—was

implemented this fall. Louise Lowe, circulation librarian at Swilley Library, chairs the Innovative

Interfaces System Coordinating Committee and led the planning of this project. Others who

assisted Ms. Lowe were Julie Huskey, catalog librarian; Bob Frasier, systems librarian; and

Linda Chen, library systems coordinator.

       Interlibrary loan activity at Tarver and Swilley Libraries has been enhanced this fall by

creating automatic Web forms to simplify the request process for patrons. Articles not available

in full-text by the database vendor include an icon that a user can click to open the form. These

forms automatically include the required data in order to request the article, thus eliminating

errors users made when they manually inputted the data into the library’s form. Patrons need

only include their demographic data and how they want to receive the article. As a result,

patrons are finding and requesting more material; interlibrary loan activity has more than

doubled from this time last year.

       The Mercer Medical Library, Swilley Library, and Tarver Library joined to purchase an

online subscription to Nature, making this premier journal more accessible to students while

reducing the University’s number of subscriptions. The University Libraries will continue looking

for ways to collaborate and reduce costs of subscriptions and purchases. In addition, the

Libraries are leveraging their serials budgets to cover the best resources at the lowest costs to

stay within budget. With the wide availability of electronic journals through full-text databases,

Tarver Library canceled almost 200 print subscriptions that are duplicated electronically. At

Swilley, the liaison librarians are working with their faculty to adjust subscription lists.

Center Library Services

        Ms. Julie Poole was appointed interim coordinator of Regional Academic Library

Services for the 2007-08 year. Ms. Poole has served as Center Library assistant at Douglas

County for three years and received her Master of Library Science Degree in December 2006.

She is assisted by Sandy Cox, Center library assistant at Henry County, and a staff of talented,

committed student assistants. One of the major Center Libraries projects this year has been

organizing and promoting the Curriculum Materials Collections, which are so popular with

Education students and faculty.

Monroe F. Swilley, Jr. Library

        In February 2007, the Association of Theological Schools’ accreditation team

recommended that the McAfee School of Theology was not yet ready to begin a Master of

Theology (Th.M.) program, a research intensive program, in part because of lack of library

resources. In light of that report, the Swilley Library received a grant from the American

Theological Library Association for a consultant to evaluate the theology collection and advise

how to prepare the Library to better support Th.M. and Ph.D. graduate degrees. Melody Mazuk,

director at the Austen K. deBlois Library at Palmer Theological Seminary, served as consultant

and visited the Atlanta campus on October 3-4, 2007. Ms. Mazuk is also on the Board of

Commissioners for the Association of Theological Schools. Her report and recommendations

for action will follow.

        In late Spring 2007, the Swilley Library hired Dr. Randall Gooden, a well-respected

Georgia archivist, to consult with Mercer University Library Archivists, Laura Botts and Arlene

Desselles. Additionally, he met with the Associate Director for Public Services, Kim Eccles, and

the Director of the Swilley Library, Judith Brook. Findings consisted of a five-page report and a

revised collection development policy for the Swilley Archives. Dr. Gooden teaches archival

studies at Clayton State University and is also a circuit rider archivist for the Georgia Archives.

Consultant fees were paid through a grant awarded to the Swilley Library from the Georgia

Humanities Council. In conjunction, Dr. Gooden presented to the Theology, CCPS, Nursing,

Business, and Education liaisons how to evaluate and assess archival materials.

       During a second program, Mr. Robert Williams, renowned antiquarian from Kennesaw

State University, talked on “Identifying and Collecting Rare Books.” Attendees were

encouraged to bring a personal book to self-evaluate as Mr. Williams explained what to look for

when collecting rare books and gave valuable tips for preserving the volumes. There were

forty-seven total participants from on campus and visitors, some being first-time visitors to the

Atlanta campus, in attendance. A door prize was awarded to a participant, from Fairburn,

Georgia who read about the event in Creative Loafing, a local Atlanta newspaper.

       In June 2007, Dr. Donald Keeney, director of Episcopal Theological Seminary, offered a

collection of books from the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, TX.

About 1,000 of the books are in German and French. In July 2007, the Swilley Library received

about 2,000 books from Dr. John Hayes, who is retiring from of Emory University’s Candler

School of Theology. Most of the materials cover Old Testament studies.

       Other events and news for Swilley Library are as follows:

   •   This Fall 2007, the Library offered students the option to check out one of five laptops for

       overnight use.

   •   Ms. Judith Brook arranged for an InService day for all Swilley employees to attend the

       GOLD/GALILEO conference at the University of Georgia to learn about innovative library

       practices related to Web 2.0 principles that seek to encourage library users to increase

       their involvement with the library’s Web presence.

   •   Ms. Brook presented a paper, “Reading Practices Among 21st Century College Students”

       at the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom.

   •   Ms. Kim Eccles, was reappointed to the American Library Association’s committee on

       the Status of Academic Librarians: Promotion and Tenure.

   •   The liaison librarian to the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Ms. Amy Allison,

       collaborated with two faculty from the College to present a poster, “Perceived Stress and

       Health Related Quality of Life of Doctor of Pharmacy Students: A Pilot Study,” at the

       2007 Annual Meeting of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy in July. Ms.

       Allison has been also been reappointed to the editorial board of the American Journal of

       Pharmaceutical Education.

Jack Tarver Library

       Tarver Library experienced many position vacancies in public services in August 2007,

and Library hours had to be shortened until the circulation positions were filled. Everyone in the

Library has been called on in the fall term to help staff the Reference and Circulation Desks;

Technical Services staff contributed many hours. The Coordinator of Reference and

Instructional Services position should be filled late 2007 or early 2008.

       Tarver is very excited to receive the library of Tom Watson Brown, long-time friend and

trustee of Mercer University and Mercer University Press. This massive, impressive collection is

well known in scholarly circles for its depth and breadth of Civil War history and other related

fields. The Library is just beginning to process the 25,000 titles in the collection.

       The Tarver Library Book Endowment Fund was set up in the spring, and the first

purchases were made in April 2007. This fund provides an extraordinary opportunity to develop

the book collections that will support Mercer scholars for generations to come. Estimates are

that the fund will produce $213,000 for FY08. Efforts are underway to set up approval plans

with two vendors to expedite acquisitions and maximize staff time. One will provide the Library

with award-winning children’s books, and the other will provide publications from major

university presses based on a detailed profile supplied by the collections librarian. In addition,

most of these materials will come to the library pre-cataloged and pre-processed.

       Other events and news for the Tarver Library are as follows:

   •   Since February 2007, the Special Collections Department has had over 625 off-campus

       requests, assisted more than 270 on-site researchers, and provided fifty-eight books and

       microfilm reels via interlibrary loan, totaling 960 contacts.

   •   The Tarver Library held an InService Day on August 8, 2007 and identified five goals for

       the 2007-08 year.

   •   In Spring 2007, Special Collections worked with QuadWorks to display athletic

       memorabilia in Tarver Library for Homecoming. The department has also assisted

       writers from The Cluster with numerous articles on campus history.

   •   Laura Botts and Special Collections Assistant Arlette Copeland attended the annual

       meeting of the Florida Baptist Historical Society in Thomasville, GA.

   •   Ms. Botts also attended the Baptist History Celebration in Charleston, SC, where she

       participated in a panel discussion on Baptist archives.

   •   Special Collections hosted the annual meeting of the Georgia Baptist Historical Society

       in April 2007. Plans are underway for the department to display exhibits at forthcoming

       meetings of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, Georgia, and the Georgia Baptist


   •   Ms. Arlette Copeland, who has continued her work on the history of Mercer this year,

       received the Mercer Spirit Award at the annual Retirement and Recognition Ceremony.

   •   Youth Leadership Bibb County (YLBC) also honored Tarver with a plaque at the annual

       YLBC ceremony. Special Collections is the official repository for YLBC records.

   •   Mr. Geoff Timms, Electronic Services Librarian, created a wiki template, allowing each of

    the subject librarians to create and then update as necessary individualized Web pages

    for their disciplines without requiring assistance from systems staff.

•   Mr. Timms, with assistance from Mr. Bob Frasier in Systems, completed a re-fresh of the

    entire Tarver Library Web site that debuted August 21, 2007.

•   Instruction in using the library was offered at thirty-nine sessions for 610 students from

    March to September 2007. In addition, thirty-two participants were assisted during

    individual research consultations.

•   Dr. Robert G. Gardner, senior researcher for Baptist History, completed the processing

    of sixty-four boxes of material received from the family of Waldo P. Harris, III.

•   Special Collections Assistant Barbara Brennan finished organizing the first set of papers

    from Cecil Sherman of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship.

•   Student assistants processed the papers of Hazel Grady, an ordained Southern Baptist

    female; Charles Whaley, Baptist missionary to Japan; and former Mercer student and

    faculty member, Mary Wilder.

•   Ms. Susan Broome, associate director for Technical Services, was re-elected chair of

    the University House of Delegates for 2007-08.

•   Ms. Beth Hammond, dean of University Libraries, was elected to a three-year term to the

    SOLINET Board of Directors.



       A great deal of change and growth is occurring on the Atlanta campus and in the

Regional Academic Centers in Douglas and Henry Counties. Fall 2007 enrollment on the

Atlanta campus increased by 4.6%, for a total of 102 additional students. Almost all of the

colleges and schools on the Atlanta Campus are experiencing growth, with the most significant

growth in the Ph.D. program in Educational Leadership from the Tift College of Education.

       Also, Mercer’s Douglas and Henry County Centers continue to be vital units of the

University. These two Centers’ combined enrollment has increased 2% over last fall for a total

enrollment of 1,174 students. Overall, enrollments in Atlanta are very healthy, with 3,522

students enrolled in the Atlanta campus and in the Henry and Douglas Centers—49% of the

total enrollment (headcount) of the University.

The Center for Health and Learning

       The Center for Health and Learning, a partnership between Piedmont Healthcare and

Mercer, continues to be a strong relationship. The Piedmont Nursing Scholars program has

forty-eight students, and these are among the best students in the Georgia Baptist College of

Nursing. Also, the Physician Assistant program will use Piedmont Healthcare facilities as the

primary clinical rotation sites for students. Research Initiatives between Piedmont and the

College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences are creating new opportunities for collaboration.

Mercer and Piedmont Healthcare have hired Tyler and Company to handle the search for an

Executive Director for the Center for Health and Learning. The goal is to have an Executive

Director appointed by January 2008.

Chapel for the Atlanta Campus

       The establishment of a committee to create a plan for designing and constructing a

chapel on the Atlanta Campus was announced in last spring’s President’s Report. Dr. Richard

V. Swindle, senior vice president – Atlanta, chairs the committee. Members include Mr. Thomas

Boland, special counsel to the President; Dr. R. Alan Culpepper, dean of the McAfee School of

Theology; Dr. Truett Gannon, professor from the McAfee School of Theology; Dr. Susan Gunby,

dean of the Georgia Baptist College of Nursing; Dr. H.W. “Ted” Matthews, dean of the College

of Pharmacy and Health Sciences; and Mr. Robert McDuffie, distinguished University professor

from the Townsend School of Music. This committee has been working since last spring, and

progress is being made toward defining the type of structure and the uses for such a facility.

The building will serve various purposes, so its design must be suitable for worship services, as

well as musical performances, lectures, and other programs. The committee is in the process of

deciding how the spaces should be configured and if the chapel space should be separate from

a larger performing space, or if the two spaces should be combined in one area. Consultants

have been brought in to discuss aspects of planning such a facility, including representatives

from the two of the finest acoustic design firms in the United States, Artec and Kirkegaard.

Regional Academic Centers

       Planning continues for the possible expansion of the Henry County Regional Academic

Center. This Center is experiencing peak usage during week nights when there are not enough

classrooms available for all of the courses that need to be offered. Although this indicates

success in the Center programs, there is much planning being done related to shaping the

future facility needs of this very important Center.

       On September 19, 2007, the Douglas County Center celebrated the dedication of the

building as the Fred and Eileen Borrish Building. Also, the new science lab in the building is

named for the Borrishes. Mr. and Mrs. Borrish funded the construction of the science lab and

have made generous contributions to the Douglas County Center. Their name is now above the

entrance to the Center, as well as at the entrance to the basic science lab.

       In Eastman, where the University operates a small Regional Academic Center, a new

science lab has been constructed. This will serve the basic needs of the approximately 100

students enrolled in that program.

American Baptist Historical Society Relocation

       The Board of Managers of the American Baptist Historical Society met in the Atlanta

Administration and Conference Center in September to begin planning for the society’s move to

the Atlanta campus in early 2008. The Society will also begin moving its collection in early

2008, which will consolidate the materials that are currently located in Valley Forge, PA and

Rochester, NY.

Baptist History and Heritage Society

       In June, the Baptist History and Heritage Society, formerly based in Nashville, TN,

relocated to the Administration and Conference Center of the Atlanta campus. This

organization, which consists of two full-time staff members, has the mission of “Helping Baptists

discover, conserve, assess, and share their history.”

Campus Awareness

       One of the ongoing issues for the Atlanta campus is raising its level of visibility in the

Atlanta area. This is being done primarily through engaging various groups to come to the

campus for meetings or to participate in events held on the campus. For example, on October

13, the fourth annual Atlanta Parent Magazine Block Party was held. Over 5,000 people

attended—all of them families with young children. This was an excellent day to showcase the

campus to the Atlanta community. Also, in November, the Development Authority of DeKalb

County held a board meeting for the first time on the Atlanta campus.

       Other meetings and events that have been hosted on the campus in the past few

months include the following:

   •   The Georgia Native Plant Society

   •   The Centers for Disease Control

   •   The Atlanta Asian Film Festival

   •   The Georgia Research Alliance

•   Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce Officials

•   The newly elected General Secretary of the Baptist World Alliance, Dr. Neville Callum

•   Metropol (Georgia Association of Law Enforcement Officers)

•   Licensed Practical Counselors Association

•   Georgia Professional Standards Commission

•   Metro Regional Education Service Agency

•   Community Board Game Club

                           IV. ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE

       Dr. Jim Netherton joined Mercer University in October 2007 as the Executive Vice

President for Administration and Finance. Dr. Netherton oversees Accounting, Athletics, Audit

and Compliance, Auxiliary Services, Benefits and Payroll Administration, Budget & Analysis,

Human Resources, Physical Plant, Mercer Police, and Technology.

       Dr. Netherton has served as President of Carson-Newman, as Provost at Samford

University, and as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Baylor University. Dr.

Netherton also taught in Baylor's honors program for eleven years and was a tenured professor

of mathematics and computer science. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in

mathematics from the University of Mississippi and a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia.


Accounting Office

       The Accounting Office completed the following:

   •   Finalized the 2007 fiscal year end financial audit with an Unqualified Opinion in the audit

   •   Worked with administration to improve budget discipline through reviews and approvals
       in the Accounting Office. The June 30, 2007 budget to actual was $49,705 compared to
       ($9,447,902) on June 30, 2006.

   •   Enhanced Accounts Payable policies and procedures. Recent IRS rulings require
       additional information for accountable plans.

   •   Worked with KPMG to establish the agreed upon procedures for the School of Medicine
       audit requested by the State of Georgia. Audit test work is complete, and Mercer is
       waiting on its report.

   •   Provided all information for the Mercer Housing Corporation audit. Mercer is waiting on
       its final report.

   •   Finalized the 2006 NCAA audit.

   •   Continued to review and provide information for bond covenants.

   •   Completed various surveys (NACUBO endowment survey) and reports for individual

   •   Successfully adopted FIN 47 (asset retirement obligation).

   •   Completed and negotiated the facilities and administrative rate proposal for base year
       end 2006. This rate will be used for 2008 and 2009 base year sponsored projects.

   •   Participated in the endowment consultant selection process.

Accounting continues the monthly training of the financial records system and develops reports

for each individual budget manager.

Mercer One and Atlanta Bursar Office

   •   By working the registered and unpaid reports and the Aged Receivable on a daily basis,
       the Bursar Offices have been able to identify unpaid balances earlier in the semester
       and drop students to eliminate receivables that would ultimately be uncollectible.
   •   In an effort to better serve the changing student population, the Atlanta Bursar Office
       changed its operating hours to provide service when the majority of students are on
   •   The University Bursar served on the Student Insurance Task Force to effectively
       implement the new Student Health Insurance Hard Waiver Policy.
   •   The University Bursar developed University-wide billing calendar and distributed to all
       departments who contribute information for the student billing process. This has
       resulted in consistent, on-time billing to increase cash flow.
   •   By requiring a security code on all credit card transactions, the University increased
       credit card security and reduced credit card charges. It also reduced the number of
Grants and Contract Accounting

       Total new awards since January 1, 2007, including federal and private totals, is $3.5

million. The Grants and Contract Accounting Office completed the following:

   •   Completed test work for Mercer’s 2007 A-133 audit of federal expenditures; Mercer’s
       federal expenditures, including financial assistance awards, totaled $18.8 million.
       Waiting on final report to be issued.

   •   Submitted the annual 2007 fiscal year FISAP report.
   •   Provided training to faculty and staff for preparing applications. Participated
       in a grants and contract training session, which was available to all Mercer University
       faculty and staff.
   •   Established a listserv for faculty and staff to receive notice of possible funding
   •   Worked with Medical Center of Central Georgia staff to submit grants through Mercer
       University (Dr. John Boltri submitted $3.6 million grant to NIH through Mercer
   •   Participated in a research task force to increase research for Mercer University, Medical
       Center of Central Georgia, and the private physicians.
   •   Continued training, but focused on a clinical trial certification program.
Student Loan Office

   •   Reduced Cohort Rate from previous years.
       June 30, 2005 Cohort Default Rate: 7.44%
       June 30, 2006 Cohort Default Rate: 6.82%
       June 30, 2007 (estimate) Cohort Default Rate: 3.29%
   •   Reduced cancellations and write offs from previous year
       June 30, 2006—$643,964.48
       June 30, 2007—$579,017.92
   •   Added three new loan programs to manage:
       Ray Loan Fund
       Piedmont Loan Fund
       Pharmacy Assistance Loan Fund
   •   Implemented new procedures to recall accounts assigned to outside collection agencies
       on a regular basis to accounts that can be reassigned to increase collections.
   •   By increasing various payment options, the number of borrowers on automatic monthly
       payment plan increased from previous year.
       June 30, 2006—26 borrowers
       June 30, 2007—152 borrowers
   •   All Student Loan staff attended a collection and training seminar.



         There have been numerous personnel changes in the Athletic Department since the last

Board of Trustees meeting. A complete new staff has been hired for the women’s basketball

program. Janell Jones is the new head coach. She comes to Mercer after spending the last

two seasons at the University of California, San Diego where she guided that school back to

NCAA Division II national tournament appearances. Prior to her stint at UCSD, she was head

coach at Oklahoma City University for five years where her teams won two NAIA National

Championships and had three second-place national finishes.

         Coach Jones has named Deanna Duerson, a successful high school coach in

Oklahoma, to her staff along with Kenneth Cooper, a Georgia native, who was an assistant at

Seminole State Community College in Seminole, OK.

         Men’s head basketball coach Mark Slonaker, beginning his eleventh season with the

Bears, has revamped his staff with the naming of Mark Dannhoff and Travis Williams as

assistant coaches. Mr. Dannhoff is a seventeen-year college coaching veteran, most recently at

Georgia State, where he worked for the last two seasons. Mr. Williams comes to Mercer from

Fort Valley State University where he was head coach for three seasons. Prior to his time at

Fort Valley, he was an assistant at Chicago State University and at his alma mater, Georgia


         Andrew Tredway is the new head men’s golf coach. He comes to Mercer from the

University of Texas Pan American where he served in a similar capacity for the past two years.

Mr. Tredway played collegiately at the University of Oregon and was on the Australian PGA and

Nationwide Tours as well as several mini-tours. He also taught for the legendary Hank Haney

before taking the position at Pan American.

         In other coaching developments, Gary Guyer and Mike Raynor were elevated to full-time

status after serving in an interim capacity. Mr. Guyer took over as head coach of the women’s

golf program, and Mr. Raynor assumed the head coaching position for softball.

       In staff developments, Jay Stroman has been named Senior Associate Athletic Director

for External Affairs and head of the Mercer Athletic Foundation. Jay, a Mercer graduate, has

been with the University for the last nine years in University Advancement. Paul Bohr was

named Strength and Conditioning Coach effective July 1, 2007. Mr. Bohr was previously at the

College of Charleston. A graduate of the University of Central Florida, he is Mercer’s first full-

time coach in strength and conditioning. The most recent addition to the staff is Jennifer Greer,

who became assistant athletic director for Compliance and Internal Affairs October 29, 2007.

She holds an undergraduate degree from Ouachita Baptist and a Master of Education from the

University of Arkansas. Her work experience in the compliance field includes time at Arkansas,

the University of South Carolina, and Florida State University.

Athletic Foundation

       The Mercer University Athletic Foundation became the official fundraising arm of the

athletics program July 1, 2007. The group had an organizational meeting in the spring where

President Underwood discussed his vision for athletics. He emphasized the importance of

having more resources available to strengthen the program. Officers are Jimmy Carnes,

president; Diane Owens, vice president; John Collier, secretary; and Charlie Cantrell, treasurer.

The foundation’s first meeting was held prior to the men’s basketball game against the

University of Alabama, November 13, 2007.

Academics and Civic Engagement

       Twenty-three student-athletes recorded perfect 4.0 grade point averages during Spring

2007 and were one of the reasons that the overall GPA for the entire department was a 3.181.

The Atlantic Sun conference awarded its first two Post-Graduate Scholarships following the

2006-07 academic year, and Mercer baseball player, Mike Narveson, was chosen by the

league’s Faculty Athletic Representatives as the male recipient. The selection process included

career goals, record of academic achievement, civic engagement, and athletic ability. Mike

graduated with a degree in Biology with a 3.823 GPA and is enrolled in medical school at the

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

         Mercer student-athletes continue their community involvement. They took part in the

Atlantic Sun Conference second annual fundraising competition last year along with ten other

conference schools. The eleven schools raised a total of $17,386.21 for the American Cancer

Society, with Mercer student-athletes contributing $4,480, which accounted for more than 25%

of the figure.


         Mercer, in conjunction with the Brickyard at Riverside, hosted the inaugural Brickyard

Collegiate Golf Championship October 6-9, 2007. The tournament featured thirteen teams from

around the nation, and it is already being hailed as one of the premier college golf events in the

nation. The tournament benefited Macon Golf for Kids, a forerunner for a First Tee Program.

         Mercer hosted the annual Atlantic Sun Conference fall meeting in the University Center

October 6-9, 2007. Athletic directors, senior woman administrators, and faculty athletic

representatives from all twelve schools in the A-Sun were in attendance. Mercer hosted the A-

Sun Conference volleyball tournament in the University Center November 15-17, 2007. This

was the first of a two-year commitment to host the event.

         A group of sixty Mercer supporters joined the men’s basketball team for its trip to

Boston, November 16-18, 2007, where the Bears played Harvard and Boston College.


         Mercer earned post-season spots in the Atlantic Sun Conference women’s soccer and

volleyball tournaments during the month of November. Only the top six teams from regular

season play qualify for the conference playoffs. Men’s soccer failed to qualify.

         The women’s cross country team had an eighth-place finish in the A-Sun conference

championships while the men finished ninth.

         The Mercer men’s basketball team was picked to finish third in the A-Sun Conference

Coaches Pre-Season Poll and fifth by media representatives. Coaches picked the women’s

team to finish ninth in the conference by coaches, and the media picked it tenth.


       Mercer has joined with other A-Sun conference member schools in conjunction with the

Turner Broadcasting Company to form A-Sun TV. Mercer will videostream at least sixty athletic

events over the Internet through the Web site. The initial contract with Turner

is for three years. Turner provided each A-Sun school with a broadcast kit that includes three

cameras and a switcher.

       Mercer entered into a three-year contract with Internet Consulting Service for a new

athletic Web site, which was rolled out in June 2007.

       Cox Cable Channel 15 is telecasting men’s and women’s basketball coaches shows this

season. The shows began in October and will continue through December on a monthly basis.

It will then revert to a weekly basis in January and February.

Athletic Task Force

       President Underwood has commissioned an Athletic Task Force to study the future of

intercollegiate athletics at Mercer. Trustee member Judge Homer Drake of Newnan is chair of

this group, which is made up of alumni, as well as civic, community, and governmental leaders.

Included in the group’s discussion will be the possibility of adding intercollegiate football as a

competitive sport. A decision is expected by the April 2008 Board of Trustee meeting.

Audit and Compliance

Internal Audit Office

       The Internal Audit Office is an independent and objective resource that provides support

to management and trustees through a pro-active audit philosophy. The office interacts with

University senior management on a regular basis, communicates frequently with the Audit

Committee Chairman, and meets formally with the full committee a minimum of three times

yearly. In this role, Internal Audit has assisted in improving the control environment,

identifying/reducing risks, enhancing operational efficiencies, and keeping management

informed. Since December 2006, the Internal Audit Office has performed operational reviews in

six areas, ten special projects, and provided advisory services for ten University


Corporate Compliance

       Corporate Compliance provides oversight of HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and

Accountability Act) compliance and compliance with the Graham-Leach-Bliley Act. Mr. Calhoun,

as HIPAA Privacy Officer, is leading the compliance initiative in the arena of HIPAA privacy and

security through ongoing training, management, and analysis. His office has recently been

working with Academic Computing to convert HIPAA Training to the new Blackboard System.

Health and Safety

       The Health and Safety Office performs a significant role for the University in many areas,

including, but not limited to: Radioactive Materials Program, Hazardous Chemical Waste

Disposal Program, University Emergency Preparedness Program, University Radiation Safety

Officer, and support for the Institutional Radiation Safety and Bio-Safety Committees. Since

December 2006, the Health and Safety Office has assisted in special projects in the College of

Pharmacy and Health Sciences, the School of Medicine, Mercer Engineering Research Center,

completed the required updating of the State Radiation Safety License, and worked with Mercer

Physical Plant Associate Vice President in the implementation of an EPA Self Audit program.

The Director of Health and Safety, Mr. Alan Baca, has attended and completed training in the

area of Certified Risk Management.

Auxiliary Services

       Auxiliary Services, under the leadership of Mr. Al Baggarly, associate vice president, is

dedicated to providing exceptional service to students, faculty, and staff. Auxiliary Services

includes bear card and book store operations, alarm systems, security cameras, rental property

management, food services, cable TV, vending, mail services, coin-operated copy machines,

and copy centers.

         The Bear Card system continues to be an integral part of campus life. This system

includes 629 readers throughout the University and twenty-eight off-campus merchants. Last

fiscal year, $1,189,925.44 was deposited into the Bear Card account. The sum of $237,880.00

was spent at off-campus merchants using the Bear Card system, a 21% increase over 2005-06.

As additional merchants are added, this growth is expected to continue. In July 2004, Auxiliary

Services implemented a Pay for Print program to reduce waste at print stations attached to

computers. The program has resulted in more than a 50% reduction in the use of paper and


         Through focus groups, Auxiliary Services learned that the Law School, the Atlanta

campus, and the Food Court in the University Center would be willing to use an online food

ordering system. In November 2006, Auxiliary Services began working with vendors to create a

system to allow a person to go online, to order from a menu, pay by Bear Card or credit card,

and establish a pick-up time. Night students on the Atlanta and Macon campuses especially will

benefit. The system was tested in November 2007 with full implementation scheduled for

January 2008.

         The Bear Card system, security cameras, and alarm systems assist Mercer Police with

its mission of maintaining secure campuses for students, faculty, and staff. Auxiliary Services

Technicians are certified to install, test, and service all of these systems. Handling these

systems in-house has saved in excess of $70,000 in the last twelve months. Monitoring over

125 alarm systems in Macon, Atlanta, Douglas County, and Henry County through a Mercer-

owned central monitoring station saves the University an estimated $15,000 per year.

         Online book orders via the Internet have affected bookstore sales. As a result, the

numbers of books sold have decreased. Price increases in textbooks have maintained the

dollar amount of sales.

         The Mercer Post Office volume has increased because of Internet purchases. The post

office operation is housed in two locations: the student post office and the central receiving

area, which causes inefficiencies. Combining these operations is being considered.

       ARAMARK Corporation manages the food service operations for Macon and Atlanta

campuses and continues to provide excellent service. The renovation of the Atlanta campus

food service has been received with enthusiasm. In response to student requests, an

enhancement to the Bear Rock Café area in the University Center is underway.

       The various copy centers provide a necessary service to the Atlanta and Macon

campuses. More Business Solutions operates in the Atlanta Copy Center. The Macon Copy

Center provides many services to the Macon campus community. The twenty-one coin-

operated copy machines strategically located around the campuses provide a valuable service.

Benefits and Payroll Administration

       During the 2007-2008 fiscal year, the challenge for benefits continues to be meeting the

University’s budgetary needs while maintaining a quality level of health care for employees.

During this plan year, however, the focus will be addressing rising health care costs through

proactive lifestyle changes rather than co-pay increases.

       Mercer’s enjoyed its second annual benefits fair where employees were able to talk with

health care professionals to determine if they had lifestyle habits putting them into higher risk

categories. The attendance for this event included 62% of Mercer employees. Next came the

introduction of a new Web site for Employee Wellness, which launched several new programs

like the Bear Trails Walking Club and Wellness “House Calls” where departments are

introduced to the wellness advantage on their own turf. And finally, last year’s “Fall Weight Loss

Challenge” proved to be so successful that another twenty-three volunteers/participants agreed

to compete to address growing weight concerns. Mercer should expect to see many “healthy

living” ideas such as these become realities over the next few years.

       During the first quarter of this plan year (July 1 through September 30, 2007), health

care costs climbed slightly, but the costs remained within budgeted expectations. Last fiscal

year, the Health and Dental Plan suffered a loss of $687,468.

Budget and Analysis

       The Office of Budget and Analysis provides analytical and budgetary support to the

president, officers, and operating units (academic and support) for fiscal management of the

University. Functions include coordination of the annual budget process, conducting internal

research, and financial modeling and forecasting. The office also assists the institutional

research and assessment functions of the University.

       Primary objectives for the current year are continued support of the transition to a new

administrative leadership team, support of the University’s strategic planning process, and

formulation of a long-term financial planning model.

Human Resources Office


       Human Resources is staffed with 2.8 professionals and 2 administrative support

positions serving 1,296.88 full-time equivalent employees as of October 2007.

       The gender and minority distribution reflects a change from previously reported years.

As of June 30, 2007, the Mercer population reflected 47% male and 53% female. The

representation of minorities to non-minorities employees increased slightly, reflecting

approximately 81% non-minority employees and approximately 19% minority employees.

Currently, only senior administration has established placement goals for women, and three

areas have established placement goals for minorities—administration, faculty in social

sciences, and professional non-faculty at MERC.


       Through November 2007, Human Resources delivered four New Employee (Non-

Faculty) Orientation Programs, introducing fifty-seven new personnel. Human Resources

participated in the New Faculty Orientation Program that welcomed forty-eight new faculty to the


Staff Compensation

         Over the summer and throughout the fall, significant efforts continue to focus on faculty

and staff salary studies and their current market position. The President has approved a

comparison peer group of fifty-nine colleges and universities, which will provide the primary

benchmark for faculty salaries in most of the undergraduate programs and many of the

professional/administrative positions at the University. During the summer, the University began

receiving market data from the Watson Wyatt surveys. The data will greatly enhance the

market information with which to compare staff salaries.

         In 2006, 68.1% of Mercer classified and professional employees were compensated

below the median market salary paid to comparable positions. With no increases for this fiscal

year and improved market data, 89.2% of Mercer classified and professional employees are

currently compensated below the median market salary. Human Resources has also begun

making the same market comparison for faculty. The comparison was done by rank and by

discipline and revealed that currently 92.6% of the faculty at Mercer University are paid salaries

below the median salary paid to faculty in similar rank and discipline in the new President’s

comparison group. As the budgeting process begins for 2008-09, models will be developed to

find the most effective use of salary dollars to increase retention rates of staff and faculty.

Recruiting/Employment Information

         Between July 1 and September 30, 2007, sixty-nine vacancies were opened, reflecting a

97% increase from the same time period last year. Mercer experienced a 37% increase in

applicants using the online system. However, of concern is that there was a 211% increase in

faculty openings over last year, but there has only been an increase in faculty applicants of


         Turnover statistics for the University, excluding the Mercer Engineering Research

Center, for fiscal year 2006-07 again reflected an increase total turnover. In a breakout by

employee type, Human Resources found that while faculty turnover had decreased from 10% to

9.8%, turnover for classified staff increased from 18% to 19.2%, and professional staff turnover

was up slightly from 13% to 13.8%. Thus the total turnover rate as of July 1, 2007 was 14.4%,

excluding MERC, which is the highest it has been in the last three years. The last time the

University granted no salary increases, it experienced the same level of turnover. Additionally,

while total turnover is still significantly less than the national average for educational services,

the voluntary turnover rate in 2006-07 was up from 10.5% last year to 11.2% in 2006-07, and is

now only slightly less than the national average of 12.2%.

Physical Plant

         The Physical Plant is dedicated to providing routine maintenance and initiating

preventive maintenance for all Mercer facilities. The Macon Physical Plant responds to 13,000

work requests, and the Atlanta Physical Plant responds to 4,000 work requests on an annual


         The Physical Plant has seen significant growth in event set-ups and moves. The

numbers have dramatically increased over the past five years from sixty per month (720

annually) in 2001 to 216 per month (2,600 annually) in 2006. More equipment and staffing are

needed to meet the increased demand. Moreover, Physical Plant is still experiencing significant

rental charges for equipment and significant overtime charges.

         Physical Plant continues to have monthly meetings between all departments involved in

events to improve the lines of communication and reduce costs. The meetings have proven

particularly useful as new staff members take responsibility for event planning. Problems are

identified ahead of time to allow adequate time for conflict resolution.

         Physical Plant has preventive maintenance contracts related to life/safety issues, i.e.,

elevator and fire safety. The Physical Plant maintains contracts or provides in-house services to

ensure compliance with all city, county, and state regulations. The HVAC systems are also on a

preventive maintenance program. These measures must be taken at the very minimum.

        The Physical Plant budgets have been significantly impacted by utility cost increases in

gas and electricity. Funding was added to the budget to cover the increased costs. The Public

Service Commission is expected to approve a rate increase and fuel recovery increase for

Georgia Power in January 2008. The utility budget will be planned accordingly.

        Physical Plant used the Plant Fund budget of $1,500,000 to undertake repair and

replacement projects.

Major Projects Completed

    •   Demolition of Plant Street properties across from the South Campus entrance

    •   School of Medicine air handler replacement

    •   Willingham Hall sound system electrical work

    •   Roof Replacements for the Linden House, Ware Hall, MEP flat roof, and Orange Street


    •   Engineering Building masonry and caulking repairs

    •   University Center cold pool chiller replacement

    •   Stetson Building duct work cleaning

    •   1635 Montpelier building renovation

    •   Carpet replacements for Boone Hall, Shorter Hall, Plunkett Hall, and Stetson Hall

    •   Remodeled the first floor of the Willet Science Center to accommodate Environmental


    •   Ryals Hall window replacement

    •   Douglas Center parking lot sealing and restriping

    •   Duvall chiller replacement

A total of forty-eight Capital Improvement Projects were completed in 2007.

Grants, University funds, or donations were used to complete the following projects:

    •   Gateway Project

   •   Georgia Public Broadcasting Station offices

   •   Tarver Library landscaping

   •   Hardman floor

   •   Completion of new Science and Engineering Building

   •   Replacement of apartment building doors to increase security

   •   Remodeled Stetson Room 241 for MBA classroom

Major Future Projects

   •   Physician’s Assistant Program renovations in Davis Hall

   •   Atlanta Administration and Conference Center renovations to accommodate American

       Baptist Historical Society and Cooperative Baptist Fellowship

   •   School of Medicine Clinical Skills Area renovations

       Long-range planning has begun on a new Science Center to replace the Willet Science

Building. The need for modern labs and science classrooms has grown beyond the capacity of

Willet. A committee has met several times to define requirements and provide overall

guidelines for building design.

Mercer Police

       The Mercer Police Department is a certified police agency as defined under the Georgia

Peace Officers Standards and Training Act. Its powers are outlined in Section {20-8-1} Law

Enforcement Powers of Campus Policeman of the Official Georgia Code Annotated. Those

duties listed in Section {20-8-l} include the enforcement of the laws of Georgia, the preservation

of public order, the protection of life and property, the prevention, detention, or investigation of a

crime, or any combination thereof.

       The Department is headed by Chief Gary Collins. Mr. Willie Woolfolk is the Associate

Director of Mercer Police and manages the day to day operations of the Atlanta branch.


        The office of Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, under the direction of Maj.

Gen. (Ret.) Richard N. Goddard, provides mission-critical technology support for all University

functions. The organization includes Information Technology, Web Management,

Telecommunications, Computer Applications Development, and the Learning Technologies

Center. General Goddard is also responsible for managing major campus construction projects.

Information Technology

        The IT organizational changes implemented in July 2006 continue to serve the

University well. The organization continues to provide quality support and service while living

within the realities of limited funding. The major challenge continues to be retention of trained

technicians because of a very competitive market and growing salary challenges. The Network

Manager position was vacant for nearly eight months, but a recent review of the market

indicated a need to make appropriate salary adjustments. As a result, the Network Manager

position was filled in October 2007.

        Organizational focus continues to be the security, availability, reliability, and

supportability of the University’s information technology infrastructure, and providing a clear

program driven strategic planning process to match emerging technologies with evolving

educational initiatives.

        Prior to the Virginia Tech tragedy, Mercer IT leadership was actively engaged in

acquiring a new technology to provide instant communication to students and faculty. The

Virginia Tech incident further reinforced the need for the capability, and in Fall 2007, Mercer

implemented a new RAVE wireless system. The new system (mandatory for freshman)

includes a cell phone and service providing a wide variety of functions. Instant text messaging

for campus-wide notification to students is available in seconds. In addition, unlimited text

messaging and cell phone tracking for security are part of a robust campus communication

system that offers greater safety, security, and classroom support.

       One of the major challenges the University faces is replacing the administrative support

platform. This platform, which supports recruiting and admissions, financial aid, registration,

finance, HR, student life, alumni relations, and many other functions is reaching the end of its

useful life. The vendor announced that maintenance and support for Mercer’s platform will end

December 31, 2011. Replacement for the platform is a multi-million dollar investment that could

require several years to implement. A Mercer team headed by Executive Vice President Jim

Netherton is reviewing available options, interviewing consultants and vendors, and developing

the strategy to transition to a new generation platform.

       In spite of many tough issues, there have been many significant achievements. The

summer online program continues to be a great success with fifteen classes being taught during

the summer. The Mercer faculty and Learning Technologies staff have created a summer

online program that provides an exceptional learning experience and generates significant


Mercer Engineering Research Center (MERC)

       Since its inception on July 1, 1987, MERC has received over $220,000,000 in contract

awards. MERC has received approximately $12,000,000 in new funding so far this fiscal year.

       •   The Air Force provided MERC an additional $1.8 million, for a total of $3.92 million

           since November 2006, to fund development of a condition-based maintenance

           system for the C-130 aircraft.

       •   MERC was awarded an $863,000 contract to develop fuselage maintenance stands

           for the C-5 aircraft, the largest in the United State Air Force fleet.

       •   Recently, Hill Air Force Base awarded an additional $617,000 to the competitively-

           won A-10 engine nacelle repair contract. The additional funds will allow the

           development of three more nacelle repair tools, all of which will be used to solve

           recurring maintenance problems and increase repair efficiency.

•   MERC is currently completing enhancements to several major subcomponents of the

    Automated Inspection, Repair, Corrosion, and Aircraft Tracking (AIRCAT) system.

•   MERC was recently awarded $850,000 to expand the scope and capability of the

    Multi-system Electronic Warfare Reprogramming Integrated Toolset System


•   For over thirty years, the (EWAISF) at Warner Robins Air Logistics Center has been

    used to accomplish software upgrades and/or hardware modification of passive and

    active electronic warfare (EW) systems to allow those systems to effectively address

    the enemy EW threat environment. MERC was recently awarded a contract that

    entrusts it to perform the robust, broad-ranging study needed to identify the range of

    actions required to upgrade the Electronic Warfare Avionics Integrated Support

    Facility at Robins AFB.

•   MERC is currently working with WR/ALC in Warner Robins, GA; the Air Force

    Research Laboratory in Dayton, OH; the Army Radar Research Laboratory in

    Huntsville, AL; the Naval Underwater Warfare Center in New Port, RI; KOR

    Electronics in Cypress, CA; EDO RSS in Morgan Hill, CA; Raytheon divisions in

    Goleta, CA, and Tucson, AZ; and BAE Systems divisions in Nashua, NH, and Rome,

    NY; in the development of separate next generation electronic combat systems,

    electronic combat laboratory system-in-the-loop simulators, and/or MERC developed

    advanced real-time electromagnetic signal processing algorithms.

•   MERC recently received a $550,000 award to continue research on the development

    of an Artificial Intelligence (AI) algorithm for improving the performance of Missile

    Warning Receivers (MWR) for the USAF.

•   Since September 2005, the United States Air Force has invested $5.4 million in its

    helicopter Aircraft Structural Integrity Program through projects with MERC. As a

           part of this effort, MERC conducted baseline flight tests for the USAF UH-1N

           helicopter. MERC engineers identified the structural sensors and flight control

           parameters to record, prescribed the maneuvers for the USAF pilots to fly, and

           directed the instrumentation installation, as well as the flight test execution.

        MERC has developed an online time accounting system called Time Tracker, which

allows employees to record hours electronically. The hours are automatically transferred to

MERC’s Management Information System for weekly payroll processing. The new system has

reduced errors from both Operations personnel and those completing their time cards, as well

as dramatically decreasing processing time. Time Tracker also provides features that provide

program managers authority and information that help them better control project staff and work


        MERC, in coordination with the University Accounting Office, has supported five audits

since May 2007. Two involved the re-negotiation of MERC’s indirect cost rate to include an

audit of the financials supporting MERC’s proposed rate and an audit of MERC’s space, which

is a component of the rate. There were no findings. The third audit was for the re-negotiation of

allocated direct program support rate, which allows specific managerial and support staff to

allocate their time across all contracts when performing duties specific to all contracts. There

were no findings. The fourth audit was to review and approve MERC’s accounting system for

continued conduction of business with the Government, and there were no findings. The fifth

audit was an audit of incurred costs of federal expenditures. MERC is waiting to hear the

results from the University Treasurer.

        In May 2007, the Warner Robins Air Logistics Center (WR-ALC) and MERC entered into

a Technology Base Strategic Alliance (TBSA) with each agreeing to support the mutual goal of

maximizing support for the U.S. war fighter through the exploitation and application of

technology. The TBSA creates a relationship between WR-ALC and MERC that will provide for

each a readily available source of the skills, equipment, facilities, and capabilities needed to

effectively meet war fighter materiel support and technology demands while at the same time,

strengthening, extending, and effectively utilizing Mercer’s vital local engineering educational


                           V. UNIVERSITY ADVANCEMENT
                              AND EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
       The Office of University Advancement and External Affairs under the leadership of Ms.

Emily Myers, senior vice president, connects the profound work of teaching, research, and

public service to the diverse constituencies that undergird the University. This Office frequently

serves as the voice of the University and the Administration, both communicating and

interpreting the University’s priorities, so individuals, communities, and churches outside of

Mercer have an informed sense of the University’s programs and progress.

       The Office of Advancement itself embraces the critical significance of donors both in

sustaining the University’s academic programs and providing the foundation for a continuity of

excellence in the years ahead. The University’s trustees and donors embody in their devotion

to Mercer this high promise of the University’s future.

       The Office of Marketing and University Relations conveys the Mercer story in ways that

bring an abstract place of learning into the lives and contributions of students, faculty, and

graduates whose relationships provide the heartbeat, the breath, and the energy of the

University’s mission.

       The Office of Alumni Services assures that no person who attends Mercer ever loses a

connection with their Alma Mater. College is a transforming experience for virtually every

person who completes a college degree. This office makes clear that one’s association with

Mercer does not end with the granting of a diploma, but rather that once a Mercerian, always a


       The University’s constituents also include the General Assembly, the Governor’s Office,

and the federal offices of government. Staying abreast of legislation and appropriations, the

Office of Government Relations seeks to assure that Mercer’s contribution to the larger public

good is understood and supported.

       Working with these constituencies and augmenting these initiatives with grant writing,

student employment, foundation relations, and special events, this office connects with virtually

every dimension of University life. The goal of the Office of Advancement and External Affairs is

to enrich the relationships and the resources on which the University depends in ways that

enable the University to achieve its highest and most noble ambitions.

       Highlighted below are some of the details of University Advancement’s initiatives.

Development and Fundraising Goals

   •   Raise $2.9 million annually for Mercer Fund—unrestricted funds (the endowment

       needed to produce this amount = $60 million)

   •   Plan and implement the Advancing the Vision Capital Campaign

   •   Coordinate more than 1,000 volunteers who serve on University boards and/or


   •   Raise funds for schools and colleges, general University, athletics (the Mercer Athletic

       Foundation), Mercer University Press, University Libraries, Grand Opera House,

       endowed scholarships, University Center, and new construction and renovations

   •   Operate the Phonathon—contacting alumni of all schools and colleges

   •   Cultivate major donors, including President’s Club membership and foundations

   •   Prepare proposals and grant applications

   •   Assist University President with Board of Trustees events, activities, and requests

   •   Cultivate Georgia Baptist relationships, including Cooperative Baptist Fellowship,

       churches, Baptist Scholars Fund, and Summer Missions program

   •   Organize donor recognition program, including plaques, portraits, and gifts

   •   Provide charitable estate planning for donors

Office of Alumni Services

   •   Plan and implement more than 130 alumni and special events, including scholarship

       competitions, employee recognitions/retirement ceremonies, golf tournaments, alumni

       recognitions, dedications, and groundbreakings

   •   Coordinate alumni boards for the University’s schools and colleges, including the

       national board of directors

   •   Sponsor the Mercer Ambassadors and the Tift Scholars

   •   Handle special programs for alumni, including Chip off the Old Block (Mercer legacies),

       Half Century Club (alumni who graduated at least 50 years ago), Mercer Connections

       (alumni gatherings across the Southeast), alumni days, and the international alumni


Office of University Relations

   •   Write and design publications and materials for schools and colleges and other

       University units, such as, Athletics, Mercer University Press, The Grand Opera House,

       and MERC

   •   Develop and execute marketing plans for the University and select schools and colleges

       and other University units

   •   Handle media inquiries and make “pitches” to promote positive accomplishments of

       University, schools and colleges, and faculty

   •   Responsible for all University imaging: collateral pieces, logos, wordmark, banners, etc.

   •   Coordinate photography and uploads online photographs

   •   Produce special writing and materials, such at remarks, programs, citations, scripts

   •   Co-manage the University Web and serve as editor of certain Web pages, such as the

       home page, rankings page, news page, and the University calendar, under the content

       management system

Other Functions of Advancement

   •   Operate the Office of Arts Administration, including The Grand Opera House and

       Fickling Recital Hall in McCorkle Music Building

   •   Manage Tift Alumnae House, Lee Alumni House, Woodruff House, 400 Poplar Street

       Building, Carriage House, The Grand Opera House, and University Center

   •   Manage Mercer Ticket Sales (MTS), providing ticketing services to The Grand Opera

       House, Mercer Athletics events, McCorkle Music Series, and community performances

   •   Manage The GrandKids program, the Broadway Series, and other booked productions

       at The Grand Opera House

   •   Manage The Executive Forum, Georgia’s Premier Business Enrichment Program, which

       has more than 350 members in Macon and Atlanta

Other Units of Advancement

   •   Office of Resource 25

   •   Office of Governmental Relations

   •   Manage the operations and staff of the University Center

                                    Gift Report Summary
                                 As of September 30, 2007
                          Advancing The Vision Goal – $350,000,000
PHASE I - Total pledged and received                               $143,717,289.63
PHASE II - Century Center Property
       given by Remer and Emily Crum                                $62,000,000.00
Total of Phases I and II (Completed)                               $205,717,289.63

PHASE III GOAL                                                        $144,000,000.00
Total pledged and received to date                                    $116,324,897.24
Balance to be Raised                                                   $27,675,102.76

Total of Phases I, II, and III to Date                                $322,042,186.87
Percent of Goal                                                                  92%

Total Number of Individual Donors to the Campaign                             26,396
Total Number of Gifts to the Campaign                                        141,939

                                       Griffin B. Bell, Chair
                              Robert L. Steed, Executive Vice Chair

                                 Fiscal Year 2006-2007

                  Total Number of Donors:                   Total Alumni Donors:
1997-1998                  7,621                                      4,911
1998-1999                  6,899                                      4,106
1999-2000                  7,901                                      4,908
2000-2001                  8,217                                      4,714
2001-2002                  8,356                                      4,580
2002-2003                  9,043                                      5,240
2003-2004                  9,111                                      5,394
2004-2005                  8,859                                      4,844
2005-2006                  9,337                                      5,072
2006-2007                  9,469                                      4,864

Total Private Gifts Received:
1996-1997        $11,538,024.53
1997-1998        $12,388,046.31     Total Endowed Gifts Received FY 2006-07 $10,467,455.29
1998-1999        $15,812,188.21     Total Endowed Gifts Pledged FY 2006-07 $14,100,303.12
1999-2000        $14,683,612.94     Total of Endowed Gifts Received &
2000-2001        $34,423,445.38     Pledged FY 2006-07                      $24,567,758.41
2001-2002        $24,280,890.79
2002-2003        $17,146,174.32     Total Private Gifts (including endowment)
2003-2004        $14,426,981.39     Received FY 2006-07                         $24,084,043.18
2004-2005        $20,205,995.38     Total Private Gifts Pledged FY 2006-07      $22,500,000.00
2005-2006        $23,265,195.36     Grand Total of Private Gifts Received &
2006-2007        $24,084,043.18     Pledged FY 2006-07                          $46,584,043.18

President’s Club:                           Life Time President’s Club Members:
1997-1998        629                            1997-1998            70
1998-1999        688                            1998-1999            87
1999-2000        702                            1999-2000           104
2000-2001        721                            2000-2001           110
2001-2002        736                            2001-2002           116
2002-2003        760                            2002-2003           116
2003-2004        841                            2003-2004           122
2004-2005        877                            2004-2005           129
2005-2006        946                            2005-2006           128
2006-2007        960                            2006-2007           132

Giving Clubs:          97-98 98-99 99-00 00-01 01-02 02-03 03-04 04-05 05-06 06-07
Towers Club:           1,246 1,277 1,365 1,489 1,421 1,344 1,411 1,469          1,970   1,992
Spires Club:            330   365   350   383   385   392   388   394            441     509
Penfield Club:          247   322   339   373   407   411   376   443            285     366

School of Medicine State Appropriation:                     $22,000,000
New State Appropriation for Savannah:                        $5,500,000
Total State Appropriation:                                  $27,500,000

The following areas of the University are 100% in giving for 2006-07:

                            Board of Trustees

                   College of Liberal Arts Alumni Board

                        College of Nursing Faculty

                         College of Nursing Staff

           College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences Alumni Board

         College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences Board of Visitors

             College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences Faculty

                  Counseling & Psychological Services

                   McAfee School of Theology Faculty

                    McAfee School of Theology Staff

                        Mercer Police Department

                    Mercer University Administrators

                        Mercer University Deans

                Mercer University Press Board of Directors

                      Mercer University Press Staff

                           Office of Accounting

                      Office of the General Counsel

                       Office of Grants & Contracts

                   Office of Housing & Residence Life

                       Office of Human Resources

                       Office of the Internal Auditor

                                 Office of the President

                            Office of University Advancement

                                  Phonathon Students

                               Physical Plant Department

                 Stetson School of Business & Economics Alumni Board

                        Townsend School of Music Alumni Board

                                 University Center Staff

                     Walter F. George School of Law Alumni Board

                    Walter F. George School of Law Board of Visitors

                                 Web Management Staff

                            FUNDRAISING HIGHLIGHTS
                         Major Gifts for Fiscal Year 2006-2007
                     ($50,000 and Above – Received and Pledged)

•   Estate of Nedra Anargyros – $994,000 for the William Pickard Scholarship

•   Peyton Anderson Foundation – $1,000,000 received for the Science and Engineering


•   Backer, Guerry Estate – $125,000 for endowed scholarship in School of Engineering

•   Baldree, Allen and Gail – $1,000,000 life insurance policy

•   Barnes, Emmett Estate – $5,000,000 pledge for new Welcome Center

•   Borrish, Fred & Aileen – $1,000,000 trust to benefit the Douglas County Regional

    Academic Center and $40,000 to the Baptist Scholars Fund

•   Brown, Tom Watson Estate – $2,000,000 pledge for endowment of the Mercer

    University Press and $500,000 gift-in-kind of 26,000 volumes for the Tarver Library

•   J. Bulow Campbell Foundation – $2,000,000 received for the new Science and

    Engineering Building

•   Cherokee Brick & Tile – $50,000 to their scholarship in the School of Medicine

•   DeVille, Roman – $1,000,000 estate pledge for the law school

•   Drake, Homer – $150,000 annuity to make Drake Professorship at Walter F. George

    School of Law the SBLI/W. Homer Drake Chair in Bankruptcy Law

•   Elliott, A.V. – $700,000 gift of property to benefit the new Science and Engineering


•   Faith and the City – $85,000 for the Urban Ministry Program at the School of Theology

•   Gough, Kerry – $500,000 IRA pledged for scholarship for the Georgia Baptist College of


•   Hamil, Bobby – $100,000 to create the Betty C. Hamil Memorial Endowed Scholarship

    for the Tift College of Education

•   Harrison, George – $100,000 pledged from sale of property for endowed scholarship in

    McAfee School of Theology

•   Estate of Jean Hendricks – $56,000 for the Joe and Jean Hendricks Minority Scholarship

•   King, Spencer and Gail – additional pledge of $141,373 to convert Caroline Paul King

    Professorship to a Chair of Strings ($500,000)

•   Knight Foundation – $100,000 grant for Beall’s Hill Project

•   LaTorre, Don – $50,000 to name The LaTorre Family Plaza at the new Science and

    Engineering Building

•   Lawler, Joyce – $50,000 pledged from estate for endowed scholarship for the Tift

    College of Education

•   Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation – $105,000 for nursing scholarships and $200,000 for

    CLA scholarships

•   Lewis, Dorothy V. & Logan Foundation – pledge of $250,000 over five years for

    endowed scholarships for students from Mount de Sales Academy who attend Mercer

•   Lopez, Vince – $87,385 estate pledge to the Lopez Scholarship in the College of

    Pharmacy and Health Sciences

•   Malone, Tommy – $1,030,000 to establish the Tommy Malone Chair in Trial Advocacy at

    the Law School

•   McAfee, Carolyn – $100,000 for the James T. McAfee, Jr. Endowed Vision and

    Leadership Scholarship

•   McAfee, Carolyn and Tom – $1,000,000 gift as first installment toward $10,000,000

    pledge to endow Townsend School of Music

•   Moye, Tony – $1,000,000 pledged from estate for endowment at the College of

    Pharmacy and Health Sciences

•   Murphy, Reg – $124,377 received for support of golf team facilities

•   Newton, Ralph – $50,000 for endowed scholarship in the School of Medicine

•   Estate of Vivian Alexander O'Brien – $276,000 to establish two endowed scholarships at

    the College of Nursing

•   Overstreet, C.M. – $93,000 for scholarships in the School of Medicine

•   Pickels, Curtis – $280,000 trust for endowment for the College of Pharmacy and Health


•   Piedmont Healthcare – $2,850,000 for endowment for the College of Nursing and

    $300,000 to name learning center

•   Ragan & King Foundation – $58,000 grant for Hardman Building renovations and Baptist

    Scholars Fund

•   Raines, Warner and Pearl – $400,000 estate pledge for the Tift College of Education

•   Roberts, Bill and Judy – $1,000,000 estate pledge

•   Roberts, Charles Estate – $420,000 to general University

•   Sanders, Beverly – $100,000 to the Graydon Ware Scholarship in the College of Liberal


   •   Southeastern Bankruptcy Law Institute – $150,000 pledged for SBLI/W. Homer Drake

       Chair in Bankruptcy Law

   •   Sgrosso, Vincent – $100,000 pledge to establish the Shalen Sgrosso Nelson Endowed

       Scholarship for the Law School

   •   Tarver, Jack Foundation and Margaret Tarver Jason – $55,000 for landscaping at the

       Tarver Library

   •   Tarver, Margaret – $5,000,000 for endowment of Tarver Library

   •   Ward, Carolyn – $500,000 pledge to establish the Carolyn Ward Chair in Theology

Office of Alumni Services — July 1, 2006 – June 30, 2007

       The Office of Alumni Services planned and conducted or had a major role in planning

and conducting 130 alumni and special events with an estimated 24,617 attendees. These

events include:

   •   61 Special Events

   •   57 Alumni events

   •   12 Other events

Events of special note include:

   •   Luncheons provided to recent Law School graduates who were taking the Georgia Bar


   •   Annual meeting of the Half Century Clubs of the College of Liberal Arts, the College of

       Nursing, the College of Pharmacy, and the School of Law

   •   The McAfee Preaching Consultation Conference

   •   6 alumni weekends or days

   •   A Careers in Engineering Round Table

   •   20 Years of Engineering celebrations

   •   Order of the Engineer dinner

   •   Law Day 2007

   •   ROTC Commissioning Ceremony

   •   Participation in the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship General Assembly at the World

       Conference Center in Atlanta with 124 attending the McAfee Alumni and Friends Dinner

   •   The annual National Alumni Association Board of Directors meeting

   •   11 Commencements, a Baccalaureate ceremony, and 2 Retirement and Recognition


Student-to-Alumni Growth Programs

A. Mercer Ambassadors

   •   During the 2006-07 academic year, there were 30 active Mercer Ambassadors. Almost

       half were seniors (14), and the majority were from Georgia.

   •   The Ambassadors attend a retreat, special training, and orientation sessions, and serve

       as an outreach to alumni constituencies. All are required to participate in at least two

       special events each semester and support the Office in conducting Baccalaureate and

       Commencement ceremonies.

B. Tift Scholars

   •   The Tift Scholars program interfaces with the Tift Alumnae program.

   •   5 events were conducted during the year: Tift Scholar Move-In Day, Tift Scholar

       Recognition Dinner, Tift Scholar Interviews, the annual Tift Holiday Tea, and the Tift

       Scholar Medallion Ceremony.

   •   For academic year 2007-08, there will be 175 Tift Scholars of which 25 are freshmen.

Personalized Brick Program

       The Office has responsibility for the sale of personalized bricks. The Brick Plaza will be

located on the street between Shorter Hall and the University Center. To date, 454 individuals

have purchased bricks.

Chip Off the Old Block

       The Chip Off the Old Block program recognizes living legacies and their Mercer student

children. The program currently has a membership of about 1,000.

University Relations and Marketing

       During the 2006-07 academic year, the Office of University Relations & Marketing

continued to provide support in the areas of media relations, publications, marketing, material

development and design, special writing and editing, advertising, photography, and Web design

and development. The Office of University Relations & Marketing is under the leadership of

Judy Lunsford and Rick Cameron.

       University Relations & Marketing provides marketing for The Grand Opera House, the

Mercer Preaching Consultation, The Celebrating Grace hymnal, Mercer on Mission, The

Executive Forum, the Robert McDuffie Labor Day Festival for Strings, and the Robert McDuffie

Center for Strings. The unit also provided marketing assistance to the College of Nursing, Tift

College of Education (graduate programs), the School of Engineering (MSTCO program), the

College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (Physician Assistant program), McAfee School of

Theology (M.Div. and D.Min.), School of Medicine (M.F.T. at Piedmont), and the general



       University Relations and Marketing is responsible for a number of publications that

provide news and information about the University to different audiences. The reduction in staff

and operating budget reduced the number of publications completed. During 2006-07, a

Mercerian, a Tift Today, a Theology Update, a Mercer Health, a Mercer Lawyer, and President's

Giving Report were published. News@Mercer, a publication targeting primarily faculty and staff

with distribution including all President's Club members, and BearBacker News, a monthly

newsletter for alumni, friends, and supporters of Mercer Athletics, were published in paper

format until December when they became online publications.

        The office also handled various special publications, including the Gift Opportunities

booklet, Profile, the Board of Trustees Directory, and the University Commencement Program.

Special Writing

        The office provides remarks and scripts to many of the University's special events. It

also prepares resolutions, citations, and certificates. One area of high-demand is broadcast e-

mails that range from a simple text message to a fully designed html message with artwork and

photography. The office handles between 10 and 15 requests for broadcast e-mails a week.

Design Projects

        Over the academic year, the staff wrote, developed, designed, and produced more than

800 items. These projects have included advertisements, posters, brochures, invitations, Web

banners, templates, PowerPoint presentations, fact sheets, programs, exhibits, flyers,

directories, slides, admissions materials, certificates, logos, and postcards.

        Among the special projects were the Mercer on Mission logo and materials, Master of

Divinity and Doctor of Ministry admissions viewbooks, the home page of the University's Web

site, the templates of the College of Liberal Arts Web site, and the Celebrating Grace: Hymnal

for Baptist Worship logo.

        The office has also assisted in the design work of the New Baptist Covenant in Atlanta,

including its logo, postcard, letterhead, and exhibits.

        In addition to designing most of the logos for the University, the office also monitors the

use of them, including working with requests from commercial vendors.


        The Office has prepared and distributed 2,588 news releases, including articles on

students, events, appointments, and accomplishments. A total of 276 media contacts were

handled, including the press conferences on the announcement of the new women's basketball

coach and the announcement of the expansion of the Doctor of Medicine program to include

first and second years in Savannah.

         From August to December, a weekly e-mail newsletter, called This Week @ Mercer,

went to print and electronic media across the state and offered faculty experts on state and

national news topics and stories that were Mercer-related. The online news sheet resulted in

inquiries from the media and faculty members being quoted in the press. However, the loss of

staffing made the weekly newsletter too difficult to continue after December.


         A total of 130 photography sessions were coordinated over the last year. All

photography for the University is taken digitally. Every photography session is assigned a

number and then entered into a searchable data base for easy retrieval. The majority of the

photographs are uploaded to a Web site (Dot Photo) that allows alumni and friends of the

University to view and order copies at a minimal cost.


         In addition to designing the University's corporate exhibit, the office coordinates its use.

In June 2007, the staff coordinated five exhibits at the University's exhibit space at the

Cooperative Baptist Fellowship annual national meeting held in Washington, D.C.

The Grand Opera House

         University Relations & Marketing is responsible for the marketing of The Grand Opera

House and its programs, including the Broadway Series, the GrandKids Series, and all special


         A total of eighty-five items were designed for the marketing of The Grand Opera House.

A variety of media was used, including e-mails, radio ads, TV ads, direct mail flyers, playbill ads,

and direct mail postcards. Advertisements ran in the Macon Telegraph, Georgia Family

magazine, Eleventh Hour, and Macon Magazine, to name only a few.

         In addition to posters, each performance had a playbill. A University Relations &

Marketing staff member designed the playbill and all of the ads that were sold to local


         For the GrandKids Arts Education Series, a promotional PowerPoint was developed to

show the school superintendents, principals, and other representatives to sign up/renew their

participation in the program. Five county school systems participated: Bibb, Houston, Jones,

Monroe, and Twiggs. E-mail and direct mail was used to promote the shows individually to

other schools or classrooms. The staff developed an educational fun sheet for each GrandKids

program to reinforce the learning experience from each performance. University Relations &

Marketing also writes and designs an electronic newsletter that goes out to subscribers and

those who sign up online. The newsletter talks about the upcoming shows and offerings at The


Endowed and Expendable Funds

         During FY 2006-07, Mercer established thirty-one new endowed scholarships and funds

and ten new expendable scholarships and funds.


                          VI. ENROLLMENT MANAGEMENT

Admissions – Macon Campus

       2008 is the first class that will be recruited under the leadership of Terry E. Whittum,

senior vice president for Enrollment Management. Mr. Whittum has put into place a number of

enhancements to the Macon campus recruitment and admission effort. Perhaps the most

important enhancement has been the development of the University’s first comprehensive

annual undergraduate recruitment plan.

       Fundamental to any successful enrollment management program is developing and

implementing an annual recruitment plan. The purpose of recruitment planning is to help

institutions gain more control over their enrollment future by developing the capacity to achieve

new student enrollment goals through improved marketing and recruiting efforts. Planning does

not ensure results, but it provides disciplined appraisal, goal setting, and strategizing that can

minimize failure. A well-conceived recruitment plan is simply an organized thought process and

communication tool that describes what the institution wants to achieve and how it will

accomplish it.

       Mercer’s recruitment plan is a set of clear and unambiguous goals with associated

strategies and activities that, when taken in totality, lead to the achievement of the enrollment

program's goals. The plan is based on the following fundamentals:

   1. Clear and realistic goals
   2. Comprehensive written enrollment plan
   3. Exceptional enrollment leadership and effective organizational structure
   4. A trained and talented enrollment professional and support staff (including students and
   5. Adequate resources (e.g., budget, staffing, technology, facilities, communication)
   6. Effective operational systems
   7. Powerful management information system
   8. Development of an adequate inquiry pool

   9. Effective methods of qualifying and grading the recruitment funnel
   10. Utilization of management reports and monitoring goals
   11. Competitive scholarship and financial aid program
   12. Exceptional customer service

       Admissions identified thirty-five key recruitment goals that it believes must be met or

exceeded if Mercer is to achieve its new student enrollment goals. These key recruitment goals

are as follows:

   1. Generate a sufficient number of inquiries of the right type to achieve enrollment goals

   2. Systematically grade and qualify the University’s inquiry and applicant pools in order to
       concentrate time and resources on those prospective students most likely to enroll

   3. Develop initiatives to increase the visibility of Mercer University to key constituents

   4. Conduct a more targeted outreach effort designed to solicit and cultivate interest in
       Mercer University in selected markets—including out-of-state markets

   5. Develop a comprehensive plan for the enrollment of more high-ability Baptist students

   6. Implement an international student recruitment plan designed to increase the number of
       enrolled foreign students

   7. Implement a transfer student recruitment plan designed to increase the number and
       quality of enrolled transfer students

   8. Improve territorial and relationship management program in the University’s recruitment
       effort, including the establishment of territorial application and enrollment goals for each
       staff person

   9. Base travel selection on a systematic assessment of actual results and strength of
       interest in the current inquiry pool

   10. Implement alternatives to traditional travel that will allow Mercer to impact the greatest
       number of interested students, and their parents, in the most effective and cost efficient
       way possible

   11. Implement a written communication system designed to achieve targeted conversion
       and yield rates

   12. Implement a written communication system designed to build interest in younger


13. Maximize the use of the automated computer system to manage the communication
   flows, involve faculty and other key individuals in the recruitment process, track inquiries,
   and produce management reports to monitor progress toward enrollment goals

14. Implement a systematic electronic outreach designed to enhance conversion and yield

15. Conduct special events and a campus visit program to maximize the number of personal
   contacts and enrollment rates

16. Increase the number of student visitors and further expand the campus visitation
   program to offer more frequent and attractive options for those visiting the Mercer
   University campus.

17. Increase campus visitations by high school counselors

18. Compile and maintain a comprehensive enrollment database management information
   system to support enrollment planning, decision-making, and monitoring progress
   toward goals

19. Develop a series of management reports that better measure Mercer’s effectiveness and
   progress toward goals and assist in making management decisions

20. Improve Admissions’ Web capabilities to allow for a more efficient online application
   process and to allow students to track the status of their admissions application online

21. Raise admissions standards and enroll few, if any, students with a SAT score below

22. Design a more comprehensive application review process that will allow Mercer to admit
   those students most likely to enroll and persist

23. Develop initiatives that will allow for better control of yield rates and will improve
   Mercer’s over-all academic profile

24. Hire and train a team of student admissions ambassadors to assist each counselor in
   the management of their territory

25. Improve the training provided to all of student assistant groups

26. Expand the use of faculty and other key groups on campus in the recruitment of new

   27. Improve the communication with each of the colleges/schools and with the faculty as a

   28. Continue to improve the coordination between the Athletic Department and the
       Admissions Office

   29. Administer a financial aid program that supports the achievement of new student
       enrollment goals

   30. Implement a financial aid early estimating program designed to increase the conversion
       rate from inquiry to application. Seek 750 completed estimators

   31. Improve the financial aid leveraging system to generate a targeted net revenue goal
       from various segments of the admitted student population

   32. Design and conduct an ongoing program of staff development/training and foster an
       Admissions Office climate that is goal-oriented, rewards achievement, is physically
       attractive, and provides individual staff with an opportunity for professional growth and

   33. Seek ways to improve and regularize communication between all offices and elements
       of the Enrollment Management Division

   34. Build upon the desire to have a goal-oriented and accountable “culture” within the
       Admissions and Financial Aid Offices

   35. Identify cost-effective ways to improve the attractiveness of the Admissions House and
       Admissions office space

Early Outcomes

       Early enrollment indicators are promising. Freshman applications are up over 350% and

acceptances are also up significantly. More important, however, is the fact that campus visits

are up. Data shows that Mercer is much more likely to enroll a student who has visited the

campus. This year’s campus visits are running 40% over last year, and the October 13, 2007

Senior Preview Day had nearly 250 students in attendance, making it the largest campus visit

event on record.

Financial Assistance

       Another goal of the enrollment management program this past year was to lower the

tuition discount rate while still achieving enrollment and academic profile objectives. In January

2007, Mercer University started working with the firm Noel-Levitz to design an enrollment and

revenues management program designed to lower its discount rate, increase new student

enrollments, improve the new student academic profile, and increase net-tuition revenue. As a

result of this program, Mercer was able to lower the freshman NACUBO discount rate nearly 2%

this past year.

Admissions – Regional Academic Centers and the Atlanta Campus

       In June 2007, the University began the implementation of the marketing plan developed

in cooperation with the research, marketing, and communications firm Lipman Hearne. This

plan contained fifteen specific strategies designed to build general public awareness of the

Atlanta campus, develop strategies to increase the prospective student pipeline, create alumni

and current student communications to increase prospective student volumes, and increase

partnerships to build long-term enrollments through community, two-year college and


       Other new initiatives were also put into place, including the hiring of new admissions

staff and locating them in the centers, centralized inquiry collection and written follow-up,

developing in-house ability to produce print materials and edit/maintain certain Web sites, the

development of a new online application form for Centers, and the installation of a new

database management system.

Early Outcomes

       Applications to the Regional Academic Centers were up 18% over the same period in

2006. As of October 15, 2007, total applications for Fall 2007 were up 22% over applications for

Fall 2006. At the time of this writing, enrollments for 2007 are currently running ahead of 2006.


                                    VII. LEGAL AFFAIRS
                                   Office of General Counsel

       Since the last meeting of the Board of Trustees, no new lawsuits have been filed against

the University. In one long-standing case in U.S. District Court, summary judgment has been

granted in favor of the University on all federal law claims, and the plaintiff has re-filed suit

asserting her remaining state law claims in Bibb County Superior Court. In another case in U.S.

District Court, the University has filed a motion for summary judgment that is currently pending

before the Court. In a third separate action, the University has filed suit asserting an indemnity

claim arising from an Internal Revenue Service audit of the University’s Series 1991 general

obligation bonds.

       Further details regarding the background and current status of these pending cases are

provided below.

Melanie Ross v. Psi Chapter, LLC, d/b/a The Georgia Psi Chapter of Sigma Alpha
               Epsilon, and The Corporation of Mercer University
              (United States District Court, Middle District of Georgia)

       This case arose out of an alleged incident of acquaintance rape that was claimed to

have occurred in January 2003 in a fraternity house on the Macon campus. According to the

Complaint, the plaintiff attended a promotional event at a local bar off-campus where she met a

former boyfriend, also a Mercer student. After spending the evening together, the two students

returned to the boyfriend’s fraternity house, where the plaintiff spent the night. On the night of

the following day, she reported to the Macon Police that she had been sexually assaulted by her

former boyfriend on the previous night.

       Upon learning of the alleged incident, the University undertook an investigation of the

matter. According to the plaintiff’s own statement, she did not recall anything directly from the

time she left the off-campus bar until she awoke the following morning. In his statement, her

former boyfriend adamantly denied having committed a sexual assault against the plaintiff. At

the request of the plaintiff, the University suspended any further investigation or disciplinary

proceedings in connection with the matter, pending completion of the criminal investigation by

the Macon Police. While the criminal investigation was proceeding, the plaintiff withdrew from

the University. The Bibb County District Attorney subsequently declined to prosecute the case

for lack of evidence that a crime had been committed.

       In January 2005, the plaintiff filed suit against Mercer and the fraternity in U. S. District

Court, and filed a separate suit against the alleged perpetrator in the Bibb County Superior

Court. Subsequently, upon joint motion by all parties, the allegations against the fraternity were

dismissed without prejudice.

       The suit against the University contained a number of claims under federal law, including

the assertion that Mercer was deliberately indifferent to the plaintiff’s allegations and that the

University’s failure to take disciplinary action against the alleged perpetrator created a hostile

environment for her in violation of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. The suit

further alleged that the University’s investigation and complaint procedures for complaints of

sexual assault have a disparate impact on women in violation of Title IX. The suit also

contained a number of claims under state law, including the assertion that the University failed

to provide adequate security on its campus and violated its duty to protect its students from

sexual assault.

       During discovery in the case, the plaintiff offered no evidence sufficient to prove her

allegations against the University. The period allowed for completion of discovery expired in

December 2005, and in February 2006 the University filed a Motion for Summary Judgment.

       In March 2007, the U. S. District Court granted the University’s Motion for Summary

Judgment on all federal law claims. Having dismissed all claims over which it had original

jurisdiction, the Court declined to exercise supplemental jurisdiction over the plaintiff’s remaining

state law claims and dismissed them without prejudice.

       In September 2007, the plaintiff re-filed suit in Bibb County Superior Court asserting her

claims under state law.

       The University will file an Answer denying liability for all asserted claims.

                          Kimberly R. Welch v. Mercer University
                    (United States District Court, Middle District of Georgia)

       The plaintiff is a former employee of the University who was terminated from her position

in the School of Medicine due to poor work performance.

       The plaintiff had recently returned to work from extended unpaid medical leave pursuant

to her rights under the Family Medical Leave Act. Upon the subsequent termination of her

employment due to unsatisfactory work performance, she filed a charge of discrimination with

the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), alleging that her termination was

based upon her disability and/or the University’s perception of that disability in violation of the

Americans with Disabilities Act. She alleged further that the University had discriminated

against her on the basis of her race, and also alleged equal pay violations.

       In January 2005, the EEOC determined that it had found no evidence that Mercer had

discriminated against the plaintiff in any manner.

       The plaintiff then filed suit against the University as a pro se litigant on the grounds of

alleged disability discrimination, race discrimination, and violation of the Equal Pay Act. The

University filed an Answer denying liability for all asserted claims.

       The plaintiff later retained an attorney, who withdrew from the case within a month. After

the Court granted the plaintiff a 45-day period to seek new counsel, the plaintiff retained a new

attorney to represent her. During the period allowed for discovery in the case, the University

took the plaintiff’s deposition, but the plaintiff’s attorney did not conduct any discovery.

       The University has filed a Motion for Summary Judgment, which is currently pending

before the Court.

  The Corporation of Mercer University v. JPMorgan Chase & Co., successor to
                         Banc One Capital Corporation
              (United States District Court, Middle District of Georgia)

       In 2005, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) submitted Information Document Requests

to the University inquiring as to the use of open market securities to fund escrows in connection

with the issuance of tax-exempt bonds in 1991 (the Series 1991 Bonds). This bond issue

involved a refunding component in which an escrow was created to pay the bonds being

refinanced. Specifically, the IRS was inquiring as to whether a fair market value was

established in the pricing of the escrow securities.

       During 2006, the IRS determined that representatives of the underwriter for the Series

1991 Bonds (Banc One Capital Corporation) had obtained the escrow securities at a price far

exceeding their fair market value, with the resulting effect that the yield on the Series 1991

Bonds exceeded arbitrage limitations. Accordingly, the IRS made the preliminary determination

that the bonds were arbitrage instruments subject to loss of their tax-exempt status.

Notwithstanding the fact that the IRS could have pursued other remedies against the

broker/dealers who were directly responsible for acquiring the escrow securities, the IRS chose

to focus on the conduit borrower (Mercer). In February 2006, the IRS imposed a settlement

deadline on the University that, if not met, would have resulted in the IRS declaring the Series

1991 Bonds to be taxable bonds. As a result of this IRS determination, the University entered

into a settlement with the IRS for the protection of the bondholders, in which the University paid

$500,000 to the IRS.

       In 2007, the University filed suit against JPMorgan Chase & Co., successor by merger to

Banc One Capital Corporation, asserting a claim for indemnification in connection with its

settlement with the IRS. The defendant has filed a Motion to Dismiss the Complaint, and the

University has filed a brief in opposition to the defendant’s Motion. The Motion is currently

pending before the Court.

       What does it mean to be a faith-based university in the Baptist tradition? This pivotal

question continues to generate thoughtful dialogue and lively conversation across the various

constituencies of Mercer University. The best answer will come not as a theological confession,

but as faithful commitments made to Baptist values. Dr. Craig McMahan, the University minister

and dean of the chapel, works to advance Mercer’s commitments to churches, students,

worship, and service to others.

       Under the direction of the University Minister, the Baptist Advisory Board serves to

maintain close ties between the University and Baptist churches. At the most recent meeting of

the Baptist Advisory Board, September 18, 2007, President William D. Underwood addressed

members of the board on the status of the University and received useful feedback. Other

senior staff members and three students who participated in Mercer on Mission reported on

significant new initiatives. The Baptist Advisory Board is in the process of expanding to include

members from Texas, Florida, Alabama, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, as well as

Georgia. This widening circle of support and influence will serve Mercer well in its effort to

move toward national stature.

       The University Minister works with the campus ministers from Baptist Collegiate

Ministries, Cooperative Student Fellowship, Wesley Foundation, AGAPE, Canterbury Club,

Catholic Newman, and Reformed University Fellowship to provide a variety of spiritually

enriching programs for students. Dr. Don Mattingly, special assistant to the president for

strategic initiatives, has developed a significant ministry to students. Under his leadership new

Youth Ministry Teams are being formed and prepared to lead worship services for youth groups

and churches. In conjunction with Mr. Terry Whittum, senior vice president for Enrollment

Management, Dr. Mattingly scheduled a Baptist Youth Day on December 8, designed to

introduce interested high school youth to the “Mercer experience.” Dr. Mattingly hosted a

tremendously successful season of PASSPORT Youth Camps at Mercer last summer and is

currently preparing for March Missions Madness, a statewide Baptist youth event, in

cooperation with Highland Hills Baptist Church.

          As Dean of the Chapel, worship continues to be a primary responsibility of the University

Minister. In addition to weekly chapel services, this year’s worship opportunities include

featured speakers:

   •      Dr. Tony Campolo, professor emeritus at Eastern University, is the founder of the

          Evangelical Association for the Promotion of Education, an organization that develops

          schools and social programs in third-world countries and in cities across North America.

   •      Dr. James Forbes, senior minister emeritus of the Riverside Church, is president of

          Healing of the Nations Foundation and host of “The Time Is Now” on Air America Radio.

   •      Rev. Mo Leverett is the founder of Desire Street Ministry, a ministry in inner city New

          Orleans focus on indigenous leadership development and spiritual transformation.

The University Minister and the faculty of Townsend School of Music continue to work in

partnership, presenting worship events as unique as a Taize service and as traditional as

Lessons and Carols. A Taize service blends liturgical hymns, sacred readings, and meditative


          Perhaps the greatest advance came in the commitment to service of others. At

President Underwood’s direction and with the support of many colleagues, the University

Minister developed a service-learning program called Mercer on Mission. During this five-week

summer program, students take two three-hour academic courses and work in partnership with

Baptist mission agencies on international service projects. In this inaugural venture of Mercer

on Mission, cohorts of students and faculty went to sites in Brazil, Guatemala, and Kenya. They

studied the language, history, culture, and the religious dynamics of their host country. In

partnership with Southern Baptists, Buckner Orphan Care, and The Cooperative Baptist

Fellowship, they worked with children in the ghettos of Rio de Janeiro, orphans in

Huehuetenango, and the Ilchamus people in the village of Longeiwuan. The goal of Mercer on

Mission is to transform students through academic rigor, cultural exposure, meaningful service,

and personal reflection. Student responses confirm the successful attainment of this goal. A

student in the Brazil program wrote, “This experience has truly changed me. I have been

exposed to so much and my eyes have been opened. I am now so much more aware….” A

student who went to Guatemala stated, “This has been an amazing trip. I cannot begin to

describe all the little changes that have taken place in my personality and being. This has been

an eye opening experience that has taught me so much…. I loved it.” And a student who went

to Kenya said, “I am now interested in medical missions, which totally changes the plans I had

for my life after graduation…. I realize that one person truly CAN make a difference in the world

and in other’s lives. Thank you for the trip of a lifetime!”

        Mercer on Mission will offer an even wider variety of opportunities in 2008, including

programs to China, South Africa, Liberia, Senegal, Zimbabwe, and Costa Rica. The

participation of the law school and the medical school as well as interdisciplinary collaborations

of faculty in undergraduate programs promises to make this an outstanding experience for

students in this signature program.

        By keeping commitments to Baptist churches, students, worship, and service to others,

Mercer is authentically and creatively re-defining what it means to be a faith-based university in

the best of the Baptist tradition.


                                   A. Mercer University

President                                        School of Medicine
E. Michele Deriso, M.Div. ‘90                    President
Alpharetta, Georgia                              Beulette Y. Hooks, M.D. ‘93
                                                 Midland, Georgia
Immediate Past President
G. Faye Dumke, Bus ‘92                           President Elect
Duluth, Georgia                                  Alan D. Justice, CLA ’83, M.D. ‘88
                                                 Macon, Georgia
College of Liberal Arts
President                                        School of Engineering
Elijah Morgan, CLA ‘83                           President
Forsyth, Georgia                                 Jackie Smith Baxley, B.S.E. ‘93
                                                 Inman, South Carolina
President Elect
Mike Crook, CLA ‘69                              President Elect
Stuart, Florida                                  Josh Brookshire, B.S.E. ‘00
                                                 Loganville, Georgia
Walter F. George School of Law
President                                        College of Arts and Sciences
Daniel Craig, Law ‘79                            President
Augusta, Georgia                                 Cheryl A. Kasper, CAS ‘87
                                                 Norcross, Georgia
President Elect
Charles “Chip” G. Barger, Jr. Law ‘88            President Elect
Melbourne, Florida                               Ron Jones, CAS ’85, Law ‘90
                                                 Lawrenceville, Georgia
College of Pharmacy and Health
Sciences                                         Tift College Alumnae Association
President                                        President
Pamala S. Marquess, Pharm.D. ‘93                 Elise T. Phillips, Tift ‘63
Marietta, Georgia                                Avondale Estates, Georgia

President Elect                                  President Elect
W. Carter Gorman, B.S. ‘77                       Carey Allmon Russell, Tift ‘65
Lawrenceville, Georgia                           Forsyth, Georgia

Stetson School of Business and                   Tift College of Education
Economics                                        President
President                                        April Page Aldridge, Edu ‘96
Allison Webb, B.B.A. ‘99                         Bainbridge, Georgia
Tucker, Georgia
                                                 President Elect
President Elect                                  Mary Teel Mantiply, CLA ’67, Edu ‘73
Kevin Wyckoff, M.B.A. ‘88                        Warner Robins, Georgia
Atlanta, Georgia

McAfee School of Theology                  Townsend School of Music
President                                  President
James Mackey, M.Div. ‘00                   John H. Sawyer, CLA ‘98
Huntsville, Alabama                        Macon, Georgia

President Elect                            President Elect
R. Scott Ford, M.Div. ‘01                  Janet Jarriel, CLA ‘89
Conyers, Georgia                           Macon, Georgia

Georgia Baptist College of Nursing         Thailand Alumni Association
President                                  President
Debbie Dunning Liipfert, NUR ‘69           Sarayud Tinakorn, M.B.A. ‘96
Marshallville, Georgia                     Bangkok, Thailand

                                           President Elect
                                           Masant “Mary” Nakornsri, M.B.A. ‘96
                                           Bangkok, Thailand

                              B. Walter F. George School of Law

Daniel Craig, Law ‘79                              William B. Shearer, III, Law ‘99
Augusta, Georgia                                   Atlanta, Georgia

Vice President                                     Board Members Until 2009
Charles G. “Chip” Barger, Jr., Law ‘88             Hulane E. George, Law ‘78
Merritt Island, Florida                            Milledgeville, Georgia

Immediate Past President                           Richard Gerakitis, Law ‘81
Richard Austin “Rusty” Watts, Law ‘92              Atlanta, Georgia

Board Members Until 2008                           Sharon D. King, Law ‘96
Stephanie Godsey Shepherd, Law ‘02                 Lilburn, Georgia
Huntington Beach, California
                                                   Susan J. Warren, Law ‘01
Jeanette L. Little, Law ‘79                        Atlanta, Georgia
LaGrange, Georgia
                                                   Board Members Until 2010
Dennis C. Sanders, CLA ’69, Law ‘72                Pamela L. Coleman, Law ‘03
Thomson, Georgia                                   Macon, Georgia

                        C. College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

President                        Tommy E. Philpot,                 Jann J. Johnson,
Pamala S. Marquess,              Pharm.D. ‘93                      Pharm.D. ‘94
Pharm.D. ‘93                     Dunwoody, Georgia                 Decatur, Georgia
Acworth, Georgia
                                 Teresa I. Pounds, B.S. ’82,       George D. McFarland,
Vice President                   Pharm.D. ‘83                      B.S. ‘59
Herbert W. Hatton, B.S. ‘67      Atlanta, Georgia                  Dunwoody, Georgia
Carrollton, Georgia
                                 Susan W. Shupe, B.S. ‘78          Jeff B. McGhee, B.S. ‘77
Secretary                        Dallas, Georgia                   Woodstock, Georgia
Christine M. Klein,
Pharm.D. ‘92                     Permanent Members                 Tony Moye, B.S. ‘73
Atlanta, Georgia                 William “Bill” Atkins, B.S. ‘54   McDonough, Georgia
                                 Smyrna, Georgia
Immediate Past President                                           Rhett Paul, B.S. ‘65
Timothy A. Poole,                William A. “Chip” Atkins, Jr.,    Atlanta, Georgia
Pharm.D. ‘86                     Pharm.D. ‘88
Suwanee, Georgia                 Dallas, Georgia                   Alan R. Preiss, B.S. ‘73,
                                                                   Pharm.D. ‘74
Board Members Until 2008         Paula J. Binion, Pharm.D. ‘85     Atlanta, Georgia
Shobhna D. Butler,               Dallas, Georgia
Pharm.D. ‘95                                                       D. Steven Sharp, B.S. ‘83,
Suwanee, Georgia                 Paul A. Bowen, B.S. ‘53           Pharm.D. ‘84
                                 Atlanta, Georgia                  Pine Mountain, Georgia
Robin L. Hood, B.S. ‘63
Powder Springs, Georgia          Winston O. Bullard, B.S. ‘53      John T. Sherrer, B.S. ‘77
                                 Newnan, Georgia                   Marietta, Georgia
Billy A. Reid, Jr., B.S. ’83,
Pharm.D. ‘84                     S. David Carr, B.S. ‘66           Sharon M. Sherrer,
Woodstock, Georgia               Sky Valley, Georgia               Pharm.D. ‘84
                                                                   Marietta, Georgia
M. David Upshaw,                 Robert I. Cecil, B.S. ‘76
Pharm.D. ‘65                     Kennesaw, Georgia                 A. Leroy Toliver, B.S. ‘72,
Alpharetta, Georgia                                                Pharm.D. ‘74
                                 James S. Dorsey, Jr.,             Suwanee, Georgia
Board Members Until 2009         B.S. ‘55
O. Andrew “Drew” Miller,         Atlanta, Georgia                  D. Steven Wilson, B.S. ‘76,
Pharm.D. ‘80                                                       Pharm.D. ’77, M.B.A. ‘82
Griffin, Georgia                 Geraldine S. Hankla,              Smyrna, Georgia
                                 B.S. ’69, M.P.A. ‘89
                                 Lilburn, Georgia                  Sheila A. Young, B.S. ‘75
                                                                   Lexington, South Carolina

                                D. College of Liberal Arts

President                                        Board Members Until 2008
Mike Crook, B.A. ‘69                             Cherie Blizzard Bennett, B.A. ‘92
Stuart, Florida                                  Pine Lake, Georgia

President Elect                                  Bryant Brewer, II, B.A. ‘95
Tony Calloway, B.S. ‘82                          Charlotte, North Carolina
Columbus, Georgia
                                                 William K. “Kent” Johnson, B.A. ‘84
Secretary                                        Augusta, Georgia
Jonathan Grisham, B.A. ‘86
Atlanta, Georgia                                 Charles Reynolds, B.A. ’85, Law ‘88
                                                 Tampa, Florida
Immediate Past President
Elijah Morgan, B.A. ‘83                          Board Members Until 2009
Forsyth, Georgia                                 Adela MacCaughelty Ford, B.A. ‘91
                                                 Camilla, Georgia
Board Members Until 2007
Kenneth Bryant, B.A. ‘74                         Robert W. Haney, B.A. ‘72
St. Petersburg, Florida                          Milledgeville, Georgia 31061

Alicia Bailey David, B.A. ‘93                    E. Wynn Kallay, II, B.A. ‘78
Macon, Georgia                                   Macon, Georgia

Jonathan Grisham, B.A. ‘86                       Donald E. Rhodes, B.A. ‘84
Atlanta, Georgia                                 Warner Robins, Georgia

                                                 Timothy A. Slocum, B.A. ‘01
                                                 Macon, Georgia

                                                 James Walker, B.A. ‘74
                                                 Tallahassee, Florida

              E. Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and Economics

President                                          Board Members Until 2007
Allison Webb, B.B.A. ‘99                           Jennifer L. Laster, M.B.A. ‘03
Lilburn, Georgia                                   Hawkinsville, Georgia

Vice President/President Elect                     Walter J. Malham, B.B.A. ’96, M.B.A. ‘01
D. Kevin Wyckoff, M.B.A. ‘88                       Atlanta, Georgia
Atlanta, Georgia
                                                   James S. Skesavage, Jr., M.B.A. ‘91
Vice President/Macon                               Marietta, Georgia
Carrie Sagel Burns, B.B.A. ’96, M.B.A. ‘99
Atlanta, Georgia                                   Board Members Until 2008
                                                   John F. Bott, M.S.T.M. ‘02
Vice President/Atlanta                             Alpharetta, Georgia
J. Thomas McAfee, M.B.A. ‘00
Seabrook Island, South Carolina                    Jennifer R. Glowyn, B.B.A. ’93, M.B.A. ‘01
                                                   Clemmons, North Carolina
Paul R. Gianneschi, E.M.B.A. ‘99                   Molly M. Hatcher, B.B.A. ’96, M.B.A. ‘99
Duluth, Georgia                                    Flowery Branch, Georgia

Immediate Past President                           Board Members Until 2009
G. Faye Dumke, M.B.A. ‘92                          J. Barrett Carter, M.B.A. ‘04
Duluth, Georgia                                    Smyrna, Georgia

                                                   Mark Robert Hatcher, M.B.A. ‘00
                                                   Macon, Georgia

                                                   Christopher J. Jarksi, B.B.A. ‘95
                                                   Jupiter, Florida

                                     F. School of Medicine

President                                           Board Members Until 2008
Beulette Y. Hooks, CLA ’85, M.D. ‘93                Roberta H. Andrews, M.D. ‘93
Midland, Georgia                                    Macon, Georgia

President Elect                                     Crystal L. Brown, M.D. ‘90
Alan D. Justice, CLA ’83, M.D. ‘88                  Fort Valley, Georgia
Macon, Georgia
                                                    Michael E. Lynch, M.D. ‘90
Secretary                                           Griffin, Georgia
C. Martin Christian, M.D. ‘92
Dublin, Georgia                                     Conrad N. Miller, Jr., CLA ’87, M.D. ‘93
                                                    Macon, Georgia
Immediate Past President
Julian K. McLendon, Jr., M.D. ‘92                   Board Members Until 2009
Locust Grove, Georgia                               Lesley Cown, M.D. ‘91
                                                    Macon, Georgia
Board Members Until 2007
W. Lynn Leaphart, M.D. ‘90                          Christina L. Mayville, M.D. ‘92
Savannah, Georgia                                   Macon, Georgia

Juan C. Lee, CLA ’93, M.D. ‘98                      Ramona W. Sheridan, M.F.T. ‘03
Macon, Georgia                                      Macon, Georgia

                                                    Laurie C. Tharpe, M.D. ‘91
                                                    Macon, Georgia

                                  G. School of Engineering

President                                         Board Members Until 2009
Jackie Smith Baxley, B.S.E. ‘98                   Patrick Caldwell, B.S.E. ‘03
Greenville, South Carolina                        Lizella, Georgia

President Elect                                   Christa Swallow Henager, B.S.E. ‘01
Josh Brookshire, B.S.E. ‘00                       Warner Robins, Georgia
Hoschton, Georgia
                                                  Kyle A. Hester, B.S.E. ‘95
Secretary                                         Kathleen, Georgia
Lisa Sutton, M.S. ‘00
Atlanta, Georgia                                  J. Stephen Wallace, Jr., B.S.E. ‘99
                                                  Acworth, Georgia
Immediate Past President
Kamlesh (Kenny) Desai, B.S.E. ‘92                 Board Members Until 2010
Chamblee, Georgia                                 Christopher (Chris) F. Lynch, B.S.E. ‘96
                                                  Tucker, Georgia
Board Members Until 2008
Russell Golden, B.S.E. ‘99
Chattanooga, Tennessee

Jennifer O’Neal Tribble, B.S.E. ‘03
Warner Robins, Georgia

John Yount, B.S.E. ‘94
Broomfield, Colorado

                             H. College of Arts and Sciences

President                                        Board Members
Cheryl Ann Kasper, CAS ‘87                       Joe I. Allen, II, CAS ‘87
Norcross, Georgia                                Lawrenceville, Georgia

Vice President/President Elect                   Gary Fiveash, CAS ‘84
Ron Jones, CAS ‘85, Law ‘90                      Brunswick, Georgia
Lawrenceville, Georgia
                                                 Leslie Hull, CAS ‘86
Secretary                                        Lawrenceville, Georgia
John C. Branan, CAS ‘86
Atlanta, Georgia                                 Susan E. Myers, CAS ‘84
                                                 Grayson, Georgia
Immediate Past President
Bill Myers, CAS ‘85                              Dan A. Payne, CAS ‘87
Grayson, Georgia                                 Loganville, Georgia

                                                 Timothy S. Riley, CAS ‘87
                                                 Warner Robins, Georgia

                                                 Debbie Baldwin Stanhouse, CAS ‘87
                                                 Stone Mountain, Georgia

                             I. Tift College Alumnae Association

President                                          Board Members Until 2008
Elise T. Phillips, ‘63                             Nancy A. Hall, ‘84
Avondale Estates, Georgia                          Atlanta, Georgia

President Elect                                    Susan Lister Moeller, ‘83
Carey Allmon Russell, ‘65                          Alpharetta, Georgia
Forsyth, Georgia
                                                   Lenora Rudeseal ‘69
Secretary                                          McDonough, Georgia
Sarah Butler Moreland, ‘04
Atlanta, Georgia                                   Jerry (Geraldine Clift) Williamson, ‘60
                                                   Decatur, Georgia
Immediate Past President
Joy Thompson Callaway, ‘68                         Board Members Until 2009
Mableton, Georgia                                  Brook Elrod Buckelew, ‘99
                                                   Norcross, Georgia
Vice President, Alumnae Weekend until
2008                                               Sue Buck Padgett, ‘63
Joyce Brown, ‘70                                   Martinez, Georgia
Cochran, Georgia
                                                   Marguerite Cavender Stephens, ‘71
Vice President, Alumnae Weekend until              Greenville, North Carolina
Wendy Seller Bennett, ‘99                          Lea Ellen Thornton, ‘82
Bremen, Georgia                                    Tallahassee, Florida

Vice President, Tift Scholars until 2008           Board Members Until 2010
Tiffany E. Mauldin, ‘00                            Lin Price Carter, ‘78
Atlanta, Georgia                                   Macon, Georgia

Vice President, Tift Scholars until 2010           Kim Shepard Dodd, ‘00
Rubye “Jo” O’Brien Duke, ‘70                       Macon, Georgia
Evans, Georgia
                                                   Stephanie Butler Morris, ‘98
Vice President, Awards until 2008                  Macon, Georgia
Sherrill Williams Ragans, ‘58
Tallahassee, Florida                               Shirley O’Quinn, ‘58
                                                   Milledgeville, Georgia
Vice President, Awards until 2010
Jenny DeLoatche Dingler, ‘99                       Mercer Contact
Vidalia, Georgia                                   Erin Pitts Lones, ‘00
                                                   Macon, Georgia

                                  J. Tift College of Education

President                                           Board Members Until 2008
April Page Aldridge, Edu ‘96                        Julie Anthony Bazemore, Tift ’87, Edu ‘91
Bainbridge, Georgia                                 Forsyth, Georgia

Vice President                                      Michael Grabhorn, Bus ’95, Edu ‘01
Mary Teel Mantiply, CLA ’67, Edu ‘73                Fayetteville, Georgia
Warner Robins, Georgia
                                                    Angie McGukin, Edu ‘01
Secretary                                           Villa Rica, Georgia
Jinanne Bennett Parrish, CLA ‘70
Thomasville, Georgia                                Martha Wansley Van Cise,
                                                    CLA ’69, Edu ‘73
Immediate Past President                            Rome, Georgia
Richard B. Thomas, Edu ’89, ’91, ‘96
Gray, Georgia                                       Board Members Until 2009
                                                    Susann Meadows Braden, CLA ‘88
Board Members Until 2007                            Kennesaw, Georgia
Toni Senatro Davis, CLA ’76, Edu ‘79
Eatonton, Georgia                                   Tifanny Hall, Edu ‘00
                                                    Bainbridge, Georgia
Margaret Lee Ingersoll, CLA ‘72
Columbus, Georgia                                   Nicole Nather, CLA ‘06
                                                    Charlotte, North Carolina
Brenda Ownes Latham, Edu ’79, ‘84
Macon, Georgia                                      Karen Durr Yarbrough, CLA ’75, Edu ‘81
                                                    Macon, Georgia
Jan Kunneke Phillips, CLA ’76, Edu ‘96
Macon, Georgia

                  K. James and Caroline McAfee School of Theology

President                                     Board Members Until 2009
James Mackey, M.Div. ‘00                      Matthew T. Duvall, M.Div. ‘04
Huntsville, Alabama                           Athens, Georgia

Vice President/President Elect                L. Nicole Hardeman, M.Div. ‘05
R. Scott Ford, M.Div. ‘01                     Macon, Georgia
Conyers, Georgia
                                              Jennifer Leann Gunter Johns, M.Div. ‘04
Secretary                                     Atlanta, Georgia
Phillip W. Smith, M.Div. ‘02
Elon, North Carolina                          Board Members Until 2010
                                              Leonard Ezell, M.Div. ‘00
Immediate Past President                      Union Point, Georgia
E. Michele Deriso, M.Div. ‘99
Loganville, Georgia                           Ca Trice Glenn, M.Div. ‘06
                                              Alpharetta, Georgia
Board Members Until 2008
Todd Boling, M.Div. ‘04                       Kim Heath, M.Div. ‘05
Mars Hill, North Carolina                     Lumberton, North Carolina

Laura Domke, M.Div. ‘04                       James Whitely, M.Div. ‘05
Atlanta, Georgia                              Ellenwood, Georgia

Alan B. Redditt, M.Div. ‘03                   Brian Wright, M.Div. ‘03
Conway, South Carolina                        Decatur, Georgia

                          L. Georgia Baptist College of Nursing

President                                        Term Expires 2009
Debbie Dunning Liipfert, ‘94                     Merle Willis Griffin, ‘75
Marshallville, Georgia                           Clarkston, Georgia

Secretary                                        Mescal Ann Hunt, ‘78
Shirley Rogers Rawlins, ’73, ’77, ‘89            Lithonia, Georgia
Douglasville, Georgia
                                                 Pamela Smith McElroy, ‘76
Members At-Large                                 Tallapoosa, Georgia
Mary Bell Beerman, ’82, ‘01
Atlanta, Georgia                                 Brenda Duncan Nave, ‘66
                                                 Austell, Georgia
Sandra Denney Clements, ’74, ‘82
Tucker, Georgia                                  Jo Scott-Petty, ‘76
                                                 Conyers, Georgia
Alicia Bruner DeMarco, ‘04
Dacula, Georgia                                  Janet Mattson Starr,
                                                 Tift ’70, B.S.N. ’81, M.Ed. ‘77
Term Expires 2007                                Jonesboro, Georgia
Jeanette Wimbish Gaston, ‘81
Atlanta, Georgia                                 Kelly M. Wooten, ‘94, ‘04
                                                 Atlanta, Georgia
Janis Upthegrove Ginnane, ‘96
Conyers, Georgia                                 Student Representative
                                                 Jennifer Olson, Class of 2008
                                                 Atlanta, Georgia

                                M. Townsend School of Music

John H. Sawyer, CLA ‘98
Macon, Georgia

President Elect
Janet Jarriel, CLA ‘89
Macon, Georgia

Alvin R. Blount, Jr., CLA ‘91
Augusta, Georgia

Heather Vande Voort Ellison, CLA ‘02
Atlanta, Georgia

Erin Leigh Keel, CLA ‘04
Thomaston, Georgia

Andy Lane, CLA ‘04
Lubbock, Texas

                              X. ADVISORY BOARDS

                  A. Walter F. George School of Law Board of Visitors

Ralph (Rusty) F. Simpson                        John T. Laney, III
Tifton, Georgia                                 Columbus, Georgia

Vice Chair                                      J. David Parrish
Benjamin M. Garland                             Winter Park, Florida
Macon, Georgia
                                                Paul Quiros
Secretary                                       Atlanta, Georgia
S. Catherine (Katie) Phelps
Atlanta, Georgia                                Will C. Sanders
                                                Thomasville, Georgia
M. Tyus (Ty) Butler, Jr.
Savannah, Georgia                               William B. Shearer, Jr.
                                                Atlanta, Georgia
Frank J. Jordan, Jr.
Talbotton, Georgia                              Wendy L. Shoob
                                                Atlanta, Georgia
Mary Mendel Katz
Macon, Georgia

           B. College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Board of Visitors

John J. Brennan, Ph.D.       Scott McAuley, N.S., R.Ph.      Curtis Sell
Marietta, Georgia            Decatur, Georgia                Alpharetta, GA

Anthony Compton,             Douglas E. Miller,              John T. Sherrer, R.Ph.
Pharm.D.                     Pharm.D.                        Marietta, Georgia
Conyers, Georgia             Atlanta, Georgia
                                                             J. Ronald Stephens, R.Ph.
Evan Demestihas, M.D.,       Sarah R. Mullis, R.Ph.          Garden City, Georgia
R.Ph.                        Atlanta, Georgia
Kennesaw, Georgia                                            Adrian M. Washington,
                             Curtis L. Pickels, R.Ph.        Pharm.D.
Judy L. Gardner, Pharm.D.    Quitman, Georgia                Atlanta, Georgia
Atlanta, Georgia
                             Brian Robinson, Pharm.D.        Dorothy W. Williams
Michael W. Howe              Atlanta, Georgia                Atlanta, Georgia
Smyrna, Georgia
                             Walt J. Rogers, R.Ph.           D. Steven Wilson,
David K. Leitch, R.Ph.       Roswell, Georgia                Pharm.D.
Atlanta, Georgia                                             Smyrna, Georgia
                             Derrick R. Romaelle, Pharm.D.
Pamala S. Marquess,          Parkland, Florida
Marietta, Georgia

                        C. School of Medicine Board of Governors

Waddell Barnes, M.D.                            George Johnston, Jr., M.D.
Macon, Georgia                                  Augusta, Georgia

Warren L. Berry                                 Dwight Jones
Atlanta, Georgia                                Macon, Georgia

Harold A. Bivins, Jr., M.D., ‘87                David E. Lucas, Sr.
Savannah, Georgia                               Macon, Georgia

Beverly Blake                                   Kathy C. Lynn, M.D., ‘91
Macon, Georgia                                  Macon, Georgia

R.M. “Mickey” Channell                          William Matthews
Greensboro, Georgia                             Macon, Georgia

Robert A. Colvin                                Brian McCluskey
Savannah, Georgia                               Columbus, Georgia

Wayne Dollar                                    Ben G. Porter
Macon, Georgia                                  Juliette, Georgia

Jack Ellis                                      Jack H. Powell, III, M.D.
Macon, Georgia                                  Newnan, Georgia

Waldo E. Floyd. Jr., M.D.                       William Rawlings, Jr., M.D. (Chair)
Macon, Georgia                                  Sandersville, Georgia

Hugh Gillis                                     Charles R. (Bob) Tuck
Soperton, Georgia                               Dalton, Georgia

J. Rodney Goff                                  Jane B. Turton
Macon, Georgia                                  Cordele, Georgia

Michael E. Greene, M.D., ‘90                    David Hudson (ex officio)
Macon, Georgia                                  Augusta, Georgia

Jack Hill
Reidsville, Georgia

    D. Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and Economics Board of Visitors

Term Expires 2007                           Term Expires 2008
David E. Linch, Chair, BBA =80              G. Marshall Butler
Atlanta, Georgia                            Macon, Georgia

Kellie R. Appel, BA =88                     Ray Christman
Atlanta, Georgia                            Atlanta, Georgia

Rebecca B. Blalock, MBA =84                 Jim Cowart
Atlanta, Georgia                            Norcross, Georgia

William Faulkner                            Robert Hatcher
Macon, Georgia                              Macon, Georgia

Doug Grimm
Atlanta, Georgia

Eugene S. Hatcher, JD =81
Macon, Georgia

Robbo Hatcher
Macon, Georgia

Mardie R. Herndon, Jr.
Macon, Georgia

Victor B. Riden, III, BBA =82
Atlanta, Georgia

F. Tredway Shurling
Macon, Georgia

                          E. National Engineering Advisory Board

Dan D. Nale                                      Ernest Gay
Savannah, Georgia                                Dry Branch, Georgia

Vice Chairman                                    Stephen E. Giles
Chris R. Sheridan, Jr.                           Spartanburg, South Carolina
Macon, Georgia
                                                 Arthur (Art) L. Grady
Past Chairman                                    Macon, Georgia
L. Donald (Don) LaTorre
Savannah, Georgia                                W. Michael Hatcher, SES
                                                 Robins AFB, Georgia
Karen A. Albrecht                                Brian C. Highley
Marietta, Georgia                                Irving, Texas

G. Holmes Bell, IV                               George Hooks
Savannah, Georgia                                Americus, Georgia

James L. Bond                                    Obie B. Jones
Reynolds, Georgia                                Mesa, Arizona

Malcolm S. Burgess, Jr.                          Carmen M. Kavali
Macon, Georgia                                   Atlanta, Georgia

Peter Bryant                                     John Krawczuk
Warner Robins, Georgia                           Cheshire, Connecticut

Saxby Chambliss                                  Melvin Kruger
Washington, DC                                   Macon, Georgia

Robert (Bob) V. Dumke                            John Rowe
Duluth, Georgia                                  Columbus, Georgia

Eugene (Gene) Dunwody                            Scott E. Waters
Macon, Georgia                                   Fort Worth, Texas

A.V. Elliott                                     Tom Wilkason
Macon, Georgia                                   Warner Robins, Georgia

         F. James and Carolyn McAfee School of Theology Board of Visitors

Chair                        Walter D. Draughon            Jim King
Robert Browning              St. Petersburg, Florida       Duluth, Georgia
Stone Mountain, Georgia
                             James (Jimmy) C. Elder, Jr.   Jana Stewart Kinnersley
Vice Chair                   Columbus, Georgia             LaGrange, Georgia
Bill Wilson
Dalton, Georgia              William Flippen               James Lamkin
                             Atlanta, Georgia              Atlanta, Georgia
Carlton Allen
Commerce, Georgia            Jeana Fortenberry             Jerry D. Mahan
                             Atlanta, Georgia              Moultrie, Georgia
Jimmy Allen
Big Canoe, Georgia           L. Leneal Fortner             Emmanuel L. McCall
                             Columbus, Georgia             Atlanta, Georgia
Bill Bigger
Atlanta, Georgia             Tamlin Fortner                Bruce Morgan
                             Columbus, Georgia             Gainesville, Georgia
Nancy Blake
Griffin, Georgia             Dennis Foust                  Jim Newsome
                             Birmingham, Alabama           Vero Beach, Florida
Linda Blanchard
Fayetteville, Georgia        Neal Freeman                  Michael Oliver
                             Alpharetta, Georgia           Jacksonville, Alabama
Edward Bolen
Athens, Georgia              Ronald (Ron) H. Grizzle       Timothy L. Owings
                             Birmingham, Alabama           Augusta, Georgia
Ronald (Ron) Bradley
Roswell, Georgia             William (Bill) Hardee         Dorothy M. Pryor
                             Macon, Georgia                Decatur, Georgia
Judy Burge
Atlanta, Georgia             George (Tom) T. Harrison      James (Jim) M. Ramsey
                             Bartow, Georgia               Thomson, Georgia
W. Lee Burge
Atlanta, Georgia             Felix Haynes, Jr.             Joel Richardson
                             Jesup, Georgia                Newnan, Georgia
William (Bill) L. Coates
Gainesville, Georgia         Michael Helms                 Jon R. Roebuck
                             Moultrie, Georgia             Nashville, Tennessee
Jim Dant
Macon, Georgia               Ronald M. Hinson, Jr.         William (Bill) L. Ross
                             Lenoir, North Carolina        Athens, Georgia
E. Michele Deriso
Alpharetta, Georgia          George M. Ingram              David Sapp
                             Decatur, Georgia              Atlanta, Georgia
Bob G. Dollar
Norcross, Georgia            Bill Kitchen                  William (Bill) F. Scarbrough
                             Eatonton, Georgia             Alpharetta, Georgia

William (Bill) L. Self   David Taylor         Scott Walker
Alpharetta, Georgia      Cedartown, Georgia   Waco, Texas

Craig Shearouse          Gary Thomas          Carolyn Ward
Griffin, Georgia         Gray, Georgia        Marietta, Georgia

Barbara Brown Taylor     Michael Tutterow     Robert (Bob) R. Woodson
Demorest, Georgia        Atlanta, Georgia     Stone Mountain, Georgia

                         Gene Tyre
                         Newnan, Georgia

               G. Georgia Baptist College of Nursing Board of Visitors

Chair                         Tom Dalia                     Raymond Moody
Dorothy M. Pryor              Atlanta, Georgia              West Point, Georgia
Decatur, Georgia
                              Catherine J. Futch, ’67       Nancy Paris, BUS ’96
Vice Chair                    Atlanta, Georgia              Atlanta, Georgia
Lynn Jackson, BUS ’95
Cumming, Georgia              Kerry H. Gough                Carolyn Rich, ’64
                              Augusta, Georgia              Atlanta, Georgia
W. Everett Bennett
Suwanee, Georgia              Norman Harbaugh               Frank H. Upchurch
                              Stone Mountain, Georgia       Atlanta, Georgia
Rosemary A. Bowman, ’64
Atlanta, Georgia              Ann Patterson Luther, ’70     Betty Van Gerpen, ’60
                              Nashville, Tennessee          Atlanta, Georgia
John M. Britt
Atlanta, Georgia              Robert W. Maynard,            LaMae Williams, ’71
                              BUS ’85                       Eastman, Georgia
                              Atlanta, Georgia

                       H. Tift College of Education Board of Visitors

Cathryn Futral, Tift ‘49                          Miriam McMahan Holland, CLA ‘60
Forsyth, Georgia                                  Jonesboro, Georgia
                                                  Richard Hyer, CLA ‘66, EDU ‘74
April Page Aldridge, EDU ‘96                      Macon, Georgia
Bainbridge, Georgia
                                                  Mary Teel Mantiply, CLA ’72, EDU ‘73
Gretchen Dalton Anglin, EDU ‘90                   Warner Robins, Georgia
Sautee Nacoochee, Georgia
                                                  L. Carol O’Neal, Tift ‘68
John Bembry, CLA ‘74                              Fayetteville, Georgia
Hawkinsville, Georgia
                                                  Elise T. Phillips, Tift ‘63
J. Phil Blackwell, EDU ‘64                        Avondale Estates, Georgia
Marietta, Georgia
                                                  Sherrill Williams Ragans, Tift ‘58
Barbara Christmas                                 Tallahassee, Florida
Bellville, Georgia
                                                  Ken Russell
Brooks Coleman, Jr., CLA ‘62                      Calhoun, Georgia
Duluth, Georgia
                                                  J. Lawson Sayer, CLA ‘56
Russell Cook, EDU ‘73                             Fairburn, Georgia
Jefferson, Georgia
                                                  Vickie Perdue Scott, CLA ’81, EDU ‘82
Lynn Loessner Collier, CLA ‘66, EDU ‘91           Alpharetta, Georgia
Macon, Georgia
                                                  Paul Stockhammer, CLA ’67, EDU ‘72
                                                  Atlanta, Georgia

                    I. Macon Steering Committee Executive Forum

Term Expires 2008                             Term Expires 2009

Charlotte E. McMullan, Chair                  P.J. Browning
Macon, Georgia                                Macon, Georgia

Doyle Byrd                                    Milton Heard, IV
Macon, Georgia                                Macon, Georgia

Chip Cherry                                   Jim Manley
Macon, Georgia                                Macon, Georgia

Allen Golson                                  Aida Othman
Macon, Georgia                                Macon, Georgia

Ben Hinson                                    Scott Sapp
Macon, Georgia                                Macon, Georgia

Paul Leath                                    Tilman Self, III
Macon, Georgia                                Macon, Georgia

Dan Slagle                                    Terry Tiller
Macon, Georgia                                Macon, Georgia

Terry Smith                                   Term Expires 2010
Macon, Georgia
                                              Eli Morgan
Rett Walker                                   Macon, Georgia
Macon, Georgia
                                              Thomas Wicker
                                              Macon, Georgia

                      J. Atlanta Steering Committee Executive Forum

Term Expires 2008                                Term Expires 2009

David Bennett                                    Cathy Adams
Tucker, Georgia                                  Atlanta, Georgia

Patricia R. Britton                              Bill Astary
Atlanta, Georgia                                 Conyers, Georgia

Don Burke                                        G. Faye Dumke
Decatur, Georgia                                 Duluth, Georgia

Lilly D=Angelo                                   Paul Gianneschi
Decatur, Georgia                                 Duluth, Georgia

W. Everett Bennett                               B. Mitchell King
Tucker, Georgia                                  Atlanta, Georgia

M. Anthony Floyd                                 Allan Ray
Duluth, Georgia                                  Marietta, Georgia

Milford W. McGuirt                               William F. Roberts
Atlanta, Georgia                                 Fayetteville, Georgia

                                                 Term Expires 2010

                                                 Kellie Appel
                                                 Atlanta, Georgia

                                                 Elizabeth Way Chandler
                                                 Atlanta, Georgia

                                                 Ken Trygg
                                                 Roswell, Georgia

                      K. The Grand Opera House Board of Governors

Henry Arrington, II             Ann W. Fugate            Franklin Perry
Macon, Georgia                  Macon, Georgia           Macon, Georgia

Julia G. Baldwin                Wesley Griffith          Bobby A. Pope
Macon, Georgia                  Macon, Georgia           Macon, Georgia

Don W. Beaty                    Chuck Harmon             Charles E. Richardson
Macon, Georgia                  Macon, Georgia           Macon, Georgia

Janet Walthall Beaty            Robbo Hatcher            John N. Roberts
Macon, Georgia                  Macon, Georgia           Macon, Georgia

Charles Bishop                  J. Eric Hefner           Theresa Robinson
Macon, Georgia                  Macon, Georgia           Macon, Georgia

Charles H. Brittain             Traci Jolley             Scott Sapp
Macon, Georgia                  Warner Robins, Georgia   Macon, Georgia

P. J. Browning                  Melvin I. Kruger         Chris R. Sheridan, Jr.
Macon, Georgia                  Macon, Georgia           Macon, Georgia

Shirley Buafo                   Jim LeBrun               John F. Shoemaker
Macon, Georgia                  Gray, Georgia            Macon, Georgia

Louise Hill Burkhalter          W. Tony Long             F. Tredway Shurling
Macon, Georgia                  Macon, Georgia           Macon, Georgia

Cyndey Busbee                   Mike Mattingly           Betty Sweet Simmons
Macon, Georgia                  Perry, Georgia           Macon, Georgia

David S. Canady                 Don McGouirk             Terry D. Smith
Macon, Georgia                  Macon, Georgia           Macon, Georgia

Dodie Cantrell                  Charlotte E. McMullan    Al Stewart
Macon, Georgia                  Macon, Georgia           Macon, Georgia

Scott Cowart                    Buck Melton              Mark A. Stevens
Forsyth, Georgia                Macon, Georgia           Macon, Georgia

C. Jack Ellis                   Lynn Murphey             Jimbo Walker
Macon, Georgia                  Macon, Georgia           Macon, Georgia

Heather Fanucchi                Sharon Patterson         Doris Mills Wood
Macon, Georgia                  Macon, Georgia           Macon, Georgia

                        L. Mercer University Press Board of Directors

George J. Berry                                    Miriam M. Holland
Forsyth, Georgia                                   Jonesboro, Georgia

Tad Brown                                          N. Brent Kennedy, III
Thomson, Georgia                                   Kingsport, Tennessee

Elizabeth Plunkett Buttimer                        Edmund E. Olson
Bowdon, Georgia                                    Macon, Georgia

Harold G. Clarke                                   Margaret M. Robinson
Forsyth, Georgia                                   Winder, Georgia

Jimmy L. Gardner                                   Richard A. Schneider
Alpharetta, Georgia                                Atlanta, Georgia

Howard P. Giddens                                  John M. Sheftall
Macon, Georgia                                     Columbus, Georgia

Benjamin W. Griffith, Jr.                          Howell L. Watkins, II
Macon, Georgia                                     Miami, Florida

Elizabeth C. Harris
Cartersville, Georgia


I.     In accordance with Article XII, Section 3 of the Bylaws of The Corporation of Mercer

       University, I have the pleasure of nominating Robert F. Hatcher for the office of

       Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the year 2008.

II.    In accordance with Article IV, Section 2 of the Bylaws of The Corporation of Mercer

       University, and upon my recommendation, the Chairman of the Board has nominated the

       members of the standing committees of the Board of Trustees for 2008, which will be

       distributed at the December 7, 2007 meeting. The Chairman of the Board, the Chairman

       of the Executive Committee, and the President of the University are ex officio and voting

       members of all standing committees of the Board of Trustees except the Audit

       Committee (Bylaws, Article IV, Section 4).

III.   I have the pleasure of nominating the members of the various Mercer University advisory

       boards for 2008, as shown on pp. 163-175 of the President’s Report. The President and

       the Chairman of the Board of Trustees are ex officio members of all advisory boards.


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