BPC Announces New Sport and Exercise Science Degree

Brewton-Parker College has been approved for a new degree program to begin in the Spring of 2022, a Bachelor of Science degree in Sport and Exercise Science.

MOUNT VERNON — Brewton-Parker College (BPC) is pleased to announce the creation and approval of a new degree program to begin in the Spring of 2022, a Bachelor of Science degree in Sport and Exercise Science (SES). The Board of Trustees of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) approved the program in early November, just in time for class registration for the spring semester. This new degree program will better prepare students for graduate programs in physical therapy, athletic training, as well as in the health, human performance and coaching fields.

The SES program has been desired by both the student body and faculty members for students wishing to pursue a career in sport sciences. The degree will contain two concentrations, Pre-Physical Therapy and Health and Human Performance. Since the program’s approval, several students have declared a change in major and are excited to begin classes pursuing the new degree this coming spring.

This new degree will offer classes that have never been offered at BPC before including Strength Training Methods, Exercise Physiology, Anatomical Kinesiology, Sport Biomechanics, and many other courses. BPC has two resident faculty members who played a large part in the creation of the new program and will be instructors of the new SES courses, Vance Newgard and Keith Barr.

Dr. Robert Brian, Provost at Brewton-Parker, commented, “The transition from a health and wellness management degree formerly in the business division to the new Sport and Exercise Science program in the natural sciences division is a perfect marriage of potential and personnel. Mr. Newgard, who also serves as our Olympic Weightlifting coach, and Keith Barr, our longtime health and physical education professor, combine their unique talents and experience in developing this exciting new program under the leadership of division chair Dr. Helene Peters. The marketing data confirms that professional opportunities abound in the current market for SES graduates.”

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with the growing need for healthcare in the United States, job growth over the next ten years in physical therapy is expected to be 20.5%, 23.4% for athletic trainers, 4.2% for physicians, 9% in nursing, and 10.7% for nutritionists. A student who graduates with a degree in SES can qualify for employment as a fitness trainer, strength and conditioning coach, kinesiologist, and numerous other healthcare positions without seeking further education.

Dr. Steven Echols, President of BPC commented, “We are delighted to be able to expand our curriculum in the vital area of Sport and Exercise Science. This degree program will create future Christian leaders and ambassadors for Christ in the world of athletics and in the medical field. This opportunity represents the fulfillment of our mission to equip our students academically and spiritually for their chosen vocations.”

Joanna Phillips-Mock

Student Enrichment Director

Joanna Phillips-Mock is a proud third generation Baron, both as a student and a staff member.

Beginning her teaching career in Middle Georgia in 1995, Mrs. Mock worked with a state funded program that served some of the most disadvantaged special needs students within the local school districts. She ultimately moved into leadership positions within the organization, serving and training others in multiple initiatives. She enjoys working with students of all ages to recognize and to achieve their greatest potential.

Mrs. Mock holds a Bachelor’s degree from Brewton-Parker College, a Master's degree in Education with a concentration in Behavior Disorders, and an Education Specialist degree in Educational Administration from Georgia College and State University. She resides in Ailey, Georgia, with her husband Don, their son Tye Lewis, her mother Carol Joyce, and multiple fur babies. She enjoys traveling, gardening, camping, and attending concerts.

Candace Lilford

Profeessional Tutor

Candace Lilford graduated with her bachelor’s degree in Theatre Generalism in 2021 from Anderson University and with her master’s degree in English Literature in 2023 from the University of Alabama. She presently serves as Professional Tutor for the Student Enrichment Center while also teaching sections of ENG 101 and 102. 

As part of her two-year master's program, Ms. Lilford taught sections of ENG 101 and 102, while also serving as teaching assistant for British Literature Survey courses and volunteering in the university’s Writing Center. Ms Lilford has also presented papers at the Hudson Strode Conference and the South Eastern Christian and Literature Conference as well as working on various theatrical productions.

Born in North Carolina of South African descent, Ms. Lilford has lived in Uganda, Botswana, South Africa, and Trinidad before settling in Mount Vernon with her family in 2016, where she attended Brewton-Parker College as a dual enrollment student. She presently resides in Mount Vernon with her family and spends her free time watching old TV shows.

Linda Armstrong

Academic Advising and Career Specialist

Linda Armstrong earned an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice Technology from Southeastern Technical College and a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Walden University. Throughout her career, Linda has worked with diverse populations, including at-risk youth and families and youth in crisis because of mental health and other issues. Her empathetic nature has made her an effective advocate for those in need. In addition to her professional work, Linda is also is committed to volunteerism. She has dedicated countless hours as a youth mentor, and to teaching about her faith at various Christian organizations. She believes in the power of positivity and its ability to transform not only her life but also the lives of others.

"If you must look back, do so forgivingly. If you will look forward, do so prayerfully. But the wisest course would be to be present in the present gratefully." ~ Maya Angelou

Willie Ford

Academic Advising and Career Specialist

Greetings, Baron Nation!

It's truly a joy to be back in a place that has shaped me so profoundly. I'm Willie Ford, a proud 2022 graduate of historic Brewton-Parker College, holding a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a Minor in Education. Following my graduation, I embarked on a journey in education, teaching Special Education within the Vidalia City School District. In addition to my role as an educator, I had the privilege of serving as the Unit Director at the J.D. Rabun Boys and Girls Club. All the while, I was honored to pastor at the esteemed New Hope Baptist Church of Rhine, Georgia. With God's grace, I managed these responsibilities, and now, I'm thrilled and ready to contribute to the welfare of our students, aiming to inspire through service.

Dusty Arnold

Mental Health Counselor

Dusty Arnold  is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst as well as a BPC alumnus. He has years of experience working with a variety of mental health issues including anxiety, grief, and challenges related to Autism. He specializes in behavior-related interventions that can help college students build on their strengths to set achievable goals while also learning how to deal with the thoughts and feelings that sometimes get in the way. He incorporates Biblical values and evidence-based treatments to meet students wherever they happen to be on their journey to spiritual and psychological health. 

Carl Anthony "Tony" Wardlaw

Assistant Student Enrichment Director & Student Success Coach

Carl Anthony “Tony” Wardlaw – For over 25 years, Dr. Wardlaw has worked in leadership, counseling, and pastoring. Beginning with working in middle management for a manufacturing company in Douglas, GA, Dr. Wardlaw has also worked in the academic, nonprofit, public, and private sectors. Additionally, he served over 7 years in the United States Military as a Military Intelligence Officer before resigning his commission as a Captain in the Army.

Currently serving as the Assistant Director of the Student Enrichment Center, Student Success Coach, and Adjunct Faculty at Brewton-Parker College in Mount Vernon, GA, he also serves as the Pastor of The Green Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Dublin, GA.

As a member of the renowned International Gospel Singing Group, The Wardlaw Brothers, Dr. Wardlaw has traveled all over the nation and abroad ministering and singing the Gospel of Christ Jesus. Dr. Wardlaw has served as a consultant for various agencies and has worked as a Fatherhood Coordinator and G.E.D. instructor within the Technical College System of Georgia and participates in local and national civic and philanthropic work.

Dr. Wardlaw holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in International Business from the University of Georgia, two master's degrees from Troy University (Master of Science in Clinical Counseling and Psychology and Master of Education in Counseling), and a Doctorate in Education from Argosy University in Organizational Leadership. Dr. Wardlaw is a Lifetime Silver Member of The NAACP and a member of The Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. He is happily married to the former Mrs. Stephanie Scott. They have 3 Children; Chambria, Marc, and Carleigh.

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