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Class Notes: Dyer named to UGA College of Education Board of Visitors
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Merrianne Dyer, former Gainesville City Schools superintendent, was recently named to the University of Georgia College of Education’s inaugural Board of Visitors.

Dyer is one of 28 new board members, a group of university alumni and friends who will work to promote the College of Education.

“We are pleased to announce the inaugural Board of Visitors for the College of Education,” said Dean Craig Kennedy in a press release. “This board comprises alumni and friends who are leaders from all facets of education and human development, and their experience and wisdom will be an asset to us going forward.”

Dyer has 36 years of experience in education, which began with court-ordered desegregation in Jackson, Miss., public schools.

Today, she is a consultant with the National Dropout Prevention Center, the Alabama Department of Education and the Georgia Charter School System.

Brenau University wins top spot in mediation tournament

Brenau University hosted the 15th annual International Intercollegiate Mediation Tournament on Nov. 5–8 and won first place in the mediation team category.

Other first-place winners included Principia College from Elsah, Ill., in the advocate client team category, Alec Bunkley of Georgia Southern University in the individual mediator category and the team of Minwei Cao and Peter Lugthart of Williams College in Williamston, Mass., in the individual advocate client team category.

The second-place awards went to Principia in the mediation team category, Georgia Southern University in the advocate client team category, Kayla King of Lewis University in Romeoville, Ill., in the individual mediator category and University of Dubuque’s team of Jordan Waddick and Elle Lannon in the individual advocate client pair category.

Third-place awards went to Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas, for mediator team, College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., in the advocate client team category, Middle Tennessee State University’s James Hodge in individual mediators and University of Dubuque’s Garrett Cass and Edward Webster for individual advocate client pairs.

Williams College won fourth for mediation team, Boston University took fourth for advocate client team, and Lewis University’s Bridgette Ferriera won fourth as an individual mediator and alongside Kayla King in the individual advocate client pair category.

UNG holds leadership challenge weekend

The University of North Georgia held its National Leadership Challenge Weekend from Friday through Sunday, hosted by the university Corps of Cadets.

The weekend is designed to give interested high school sophomores, juniors and seniors over 16 years old the chance to experience the physical leadership development activities required of those who enroll in the Corps of Cadets.

Students are assigned a team and are scored based on problem-solving and team-building activities such as obstacle courses, races, rock climbing and more.

Students must have a 2.8 GPA to be accepted, and seniors must have a minimum 480 critical reading and 440 math score on the SAT, or 20 English, 18 math and 20 composite ACT scores.

Kristen Oliver covers education issues for The Times. Share your thoughts, news tips and questions with her: