Berry College Professor of Communication Kathy Brittain Richardson has been named provost.
Her appointment, announced in February, continues through 2014-15. She succeeds Katherine Whatley, who recently accepted a position as senior vice president for academic programs with the Council of Independent Colleges in Washington, D.C.
A faculty member since 1986 and winner of Berry's most distinguished awards for teaching, scholarship and service, Richardson brings great experience to the role. She served as associate provost and dean of academic services from 1999-2008 and as interim provost in 2007-08. Last fall, she assumed the duties of provost on an "acting" basis and received a three-year appointment as vice president for academic affairs.
Richardson has been editor of Journalism and Communication Monographs and is the current co-editor of the National Forensic Journal. She is a member of the editorial board of Mass Communication & Society and the Journal of Mass Media Ethics. In 2012, she received the Professor of the Year award from the Small Programs Division of AEJMC. She is a co-author of "Mass Media Ethics: Cases in Moral Reasoning" and "Applied Public Relations: Cases in Stakeholder Relations." Her research has been published in the Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, Journal of Advertising Research, Public Relations Review, Journalism & Mass Communication Educator and elsewhere.
Richardson earned a bachelor of arts degree in communication and religion/philosophy, summa cum laude, from Shorter College and a master's in journalism and a doctorate in mass communication from the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia. She completed additional graduate coursework in communication at the University of Oklahoma.