Michael Cairo (Grad ’94, Grad ’99) has been promoted to associate dean for academic affairs at Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky, where he is a professor of political science. As associate dean, he assists with the recruitment and mentoring of new faculty, supports faculty through the tenure and promotion process, and assists with curriculum review and other matters related to academic affairs.
Richard Deaner (Col ’94) has received the 2016 University System of Georgia Board of Regents’ Teaching Excellence Award, the highest honor for faculty at public universities in Georgia. He also received Augusta University’s Outstanding Teaching Award in 2013 and the President’s Special Merit Award from the Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision in 2012. Mr. Deaner is a professor of counselor education at Augusta University.
Penny Bach Evins (Col ’94, Educ ’96 L/M) is head of St. Paul’s School for Girls in Baltimore. Previously, she was an administrator at Isidore Newman School in New Orleans, the Lovett School in Atlanta and the Webb School of Knoxville. She is proud that many of her students have gone on to attend the University.
Jennifer Geoghegan (Col ’94 L/M) has joined The Colony Group as the firm’s first chief marketing officer and advisor coach. She will lead growth efforts for The Colony Group’s Massachusetts, New York, Virginia and Florida offices.
Sara Nair James (Grad ’94 L/M) has published a book, Art in England: Saxons to the Tudors, 600–1600 (Oxbow/Casemate Group, 2016). The book’s broad, contextual and chronological approach reveals ongoing trends and achievements. After 25 years of service, Ms. James has retired from her professorship in art history at Mary Baldwin University. She is now a lecturer for Smithsonian Journeys.
John Kang (Col ’94 A/M) published his first novel, The Dragon Scale Lute, a multicultural high fantasy epic, in March of 2016.
Fatimot Ladipo (Col ’94 L/M) has been named executive director of government relations in the newly created division of economic development and community engagement at Kennesaw State University. In this role, she is Kennesaw’s liaison to state and federal policymakers, University System of Georgia officials, and business and civic leaders. She has more than 15 years of experience in government and community affairs, including several years focused on legislative issues involving education.
Richard E. McDorman (Col ’94 L/M) has been elected to a three-year term on the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA), a national agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education for the accreditation of post-secondary intensive English language programs and institutions. The 13-member commission is responsible for governing CEA, setting CEA policy and making accreditation decisions.
Cicely Peterson-Mangum (Col ’94 L/M) has been named executive director of Drexel University’s Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships. The center offers a space for educational and outreach activities developed and delivered by Philadelphia residents, partnering nonprofits and Drexel University students, faculty and staff. Its offerings include a community lawyering clinic, computer education and access, job training, adult education, arts collaboration and hands-on science programs. Ms. Peterson-Mangum is a well-known community development leader in Philadelphia, having served as executive director of the Logan Community Development Corp. from July 2008 to July 2014.
Vincent Schooler (Engr ’94 L/M) has been elected president of the Greensboro Medical Society. He is a partner in Eagle Gastroenterology in Greensboro, North Carolina. Dr. Schooler and his wife have two children.
Megan McIrvin Shope (Arch ’94, Arch ’96) has been promoted to principal of Winks Snowa Architects, a Richmond, Virginia, firm that specializes in multifamily housing and senior living projects in the mid-Atlantic region. Ms. Shope is a member of the American Institute of Architects and the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards; she also is a LEED Accredited Professional.
Bradley R. Sugarman (Col ’94) has been included in the 2016 issue of Indiana Super Lawyers. Mr. Sugarman works in the Indianapolis office of Taft Stettinius & Hollister, where he is a member of the firm’s environmental law practice group. His practice focuses on a range of environmental issues, including defending clients in toxic tort and environmental litigation in state and federal courts.
Sharon Meredith Utz (Col ’94 L/M) recently joined the staff of the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging as an investigator. She previously served for four years as a majority professional staff member with the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.