BPC welcomes former American Rose Society executive, syndicated columnist as new Vice President for College Advancement
MOUNT VERNON—Norman Winter, former executive director of the American Rose Society (ARS) and Texas Pecan Growers Association (TPGA), arrived on campus Jan. 4 as Brewton-Parker College’s new Vice President for College Advancement.
“Brewton-Parker College has been around for over 105 years, and this is the first time we’ve ever had a horticulturist,” facetiously said Dr. David R. Smith, BPC president.
Winter fills the position left by Dr. H. Lee Cheek Jr., professor and former chair of the Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Dr. Cheek took an academic administration position at Athens State University in Alabama in December.
Winter has managed several organizations in the horticultural field in addition to the ARS and TPGA, including serving as executive director of both the National Pecan Marketing Council and Texas State Horticultural Society. The past 15 years, he has been a Horticulture Specialist with Mississippi State University Extension Service.
He holds a bachelor’s degree from Hardin-Simmons University and a master’s degree from Texas A&M University.
Brewton-Parker’s Office of College Advancement includes the offices of News & Public Relations, Alumni Relations, Annual Fund and Development.
Winter brings a wealth of experience in media and marketing. His award-winning “Southern Gardening” television news segment was seen weekly – not only in every market in Mississippi – but also four times a week nationally on RFD-TV (Rural Free Delivery television). His “Southern Gardening” radio program was heard daily on over two dozen radio stations.
Winter will continue to write a weekly column for Knight Ridder Tribune, now McClatchy Tribune, where his columns are read nationwide coast-to-coast, including regional newspapers like The Telegraph, Macon; Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, Columbus; Island Packet, Hilton Head Isl., S.C.; The Sun News, Myrtle Beach, S.C.; The News Observer, Raleigh-Durham, N.C.; and, The Herald, Bradenton, Fla.
“It is pretty special to know that people from California to the East Coast may read a column on petunias and then see the author’s byline that says Vice President for College Advancement, Brewton-Parker College, Mount Vernon, Georgia,” said Dr. Smith.
From the time spent as Executive Director of the National Pecan Marketing Council and as a horticulturist specialist, Winter is no stranger to Georgia. He has spoken in many of the state’s communities, including the Callaway Gardens Symposia and Georgia Perennial Plant Association. His experience as an associational executive director also introduced Winter to fund-raising on a national basis.
Additionally, Winter is the author of four books: Mississippi Gardener’s Guide (Cool Springs Press, Franklin, Tenn.), selected by the Mississippi Library Association as “Non-Fiction Book of the Year”; Paradise Found, Growing Tropicals in Your Own Backyard (Taylor Trade Publishing, Dallas, Texas); Tough-As-Nails Flowers for the South (University Press of Mississippi); and, Captivating Combinations Color and Style in the Garden (University Press of Mississippi) released last spring.
When asked why he would leave such a high-profile career in horticulture for Brewton-Parker College administration, Winter spoke of his passion for small Southern Baptist institutions.
“In a day when secular humanism is the prevalent mantra, there is nothing more important than education in a conservative, Christian environment like Brewton-Parker. The students at Brewton-Parker College are the finest representing a cross-section of the country. I want to do my part to help them have an incredible experience during their time here – leaving educated and hopefully, inspired to warriors for His Kingdom,” said Winter.
Winter and his wife, Jan, reside in Vidalia. Their son, James, and daughter, Kim Brown, will attend BPC in the spring.
Affiliated with the Georgia Baptist Convention, Brewton-Parker College is the only accredited four-year Christian college in South Georgia. Winter may be reached by calling the Office of College Advancement, 912-583-3255.