President Stephen R. Briggs

Briggs head shotDr. Stephen R. Briggs is a nationally recognized advocate for exceptional undergraduate educational experiences who became Berry College’s eighth president on July 1, 2006. He was drawn to the college by its distinctive educational philosophy, remarkable history and incomparable campus.

An innovative and principled problem-solver, Dr. Briggs has held academic and strategic leadership roles for more than 20 years. He came to Berry from the College of New Jersey, which he served as provost. Previous positions also include dean of faculty at Rollins College (Fla.) and interim dean of arts and sciences at the University of Tulsa (Okla.).

Dr. Briggs currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (the accrediting organization for all colleges and universities in the South), the Board of Directors for the 600-member Council of Independent Colleges (the largest association of independent colleges), and the Board of Directors for the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (the primary advocacy association for independent institutions). He is also actively engaged in numerous other professional, community and church organizations.

A personality psychologist by training, Dr. Briggs is author of more than 27 scholarly articles and book chapters as well as two edited books. He is a graduate of Wake Forest University and has a doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin.

He is married to Brenda Morgan Briggs, also a graduate of Wake Forest. The couple has three grown daughters: Morgan and Meredith, who are married, and Madeline, a college student.

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