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New Director of Marketing for Brewton-Parker College: Miranda Simmons

  Miranda Simmons – Brewton-Parker College – Director of Marketing By Evan RiekhofBPC Marketing Coordinator MOUNT VERNON — Brewton-Parker College is pleased to announce Miranda Simmons as the Director of Marketing. With over five years of marketing experience, Simmons will lead the college in its marketing efforts—including branding, communications, digital marketing, and social media. “We …

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Recent BPC Graduate Determined to Succeed

Michael “Mikey” Anderson pitches during a home game for the BPC Barons. By Evan Riekhof BPC Marketing Coordinator MOUNT VERNON  – “Nice guys finish last” is attributed to Brooklyn Dodgers baseball team manager Leo Durocher in 1946. However, the story of Mikey Anderson’s time at Brewton-Parker College is one that proves nice guys can finish …

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From Student Athlete to Student Coach: An Interview with a BPC Alumna

By Marlee Ruark Student Writer I interviewed Caitlyn Bassett this past soccer season. Caitlyn, also known as Lulu by her family and friends, was a part of the women’s soccer team here at Brewton- Parker College (BPC). In her last semester of college, she had the opportunity to coach as a student on the BPC …

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Interview: Alumna Returns for Annual MLK Day Parade

MOUNT VERNON— On Monday, January 20, students gathered around Brewton-Parker College’s flagpole to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through a 1.5 mile march to join the local MLK Day Parade.  As students stood in the morning chill sipping on hot chocolate, one face in particular stood out from the crowd. While most in attendance …

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BPC welcomes Community to a new Dining Experience during Grand Opening of The Eatery

Kevin Lyden, Chartwells East Division President shares his thoughts on the importance of partnership and recognizes the local team for their hard work and dedication to serving the local community.   By Jerusha Yoder Director of Marketing MOUNT VERNON— On Thursday, January, 16, 2020, Brewton-Parker College (BPC) and Chartwells Higher Education, BPC’s food service provider, …

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BPC Raises Over $20,000 Through Annual Golf Tournament

Presenting Sponsor, Tim Redding of Metter Ford, presents $10,000 check to BPC President, Dr. Steve Echols during annual golf tournament.  By Suzanne Hewtt Student Writer MOUNT VERNON— On Friday, October 4, 2019, Brewton-Parker College (BPC) hosted the 3rd Annual Southern Classic Golf Tournament at the Willow Lake Golf Club in Metter, Georgia. Through the generous …

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BPC Announces New Mission Statement Affirming its Comprehensive Programs

  MOUNT VERNON—Brewton-Parker College recently announced that its Board of Trustees has voted to update the institutional mission statement to better align with the college’s academic growth. The new mission states, “As a comprehensive Georgia Baptist institution, Brewton-Parker College provides liberal arts and professional programs in a learning community of shared Christian values. Through the …

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Brewton-Parker College Breaks Ground for a Strong Foundation

Pictured left to right: Carol Williams, Britt McDade, Dr. Steve Echols, Joe Filipone, Gary Braddy, Brandon Braddy, Emily Williams, Brooke Stille, BL Horne, Terry Thompson, Debbie Evans, Jake Cleghorn, Steven Rigdon, and Todd Muraski By Jerusha Yoder Director of Marketing MOUNT VERNON — On Wednesday, May 15, Brewton-Parker College officially broke ground on construction for …

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Brewton-Parker College to break grounds on New Student Center Addition

  MOUNT VERNON—Brewton-Parker College invites local community members to attend a ground breaking Ceremony for the new addition to the college’s student center on Wednesday, May 15, at 9:00 am. The new addition will increase the seating capacity in the college’s Dining Facility significantly, enabling the college to serve more students and community members. Made …

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BPC Alumni present undergraduate research

Batchelor presenting her research during annual conference.   By Helene Peters Chair: Math & Natural Science Division Associate Professor of Biology Three Brewton-Parker College alumni who graduated with a degree in Biology in 2018 presented their undergraduate research at the annual meeting of the Georgia Academy of Science on March 15, 2019. This year’s conference was …

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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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