President Stephen R. Briggs
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
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
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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