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Class Notes: Gainesville schools name Niles maintenance director

The Gainesville City School System has named Adrian Niles as its new director of maintenance and operations.

“I look forward to the opportunity to serve,” Niles said. “I’m appreciative of (the) trust in my (ability) to do the job.”

Niles was the public works director for the city of Gainesville. He retired from that position in 2008. He had spent 25 years in various positions in the city; he was public works director for more than two years.

He is also currently an associate pastor at Antioch Baptist Church in Gainesville.

“I’ll be overseeing the ongoing maintenance of all of the eight school locations that the system has,” he said of his new position. “That’s everything from building maintenance to the cleaning service to groundskeeping as well.”

Gainesville Superintendent Merrianne Dyer said Niles has the experience necessary for the position.

“He has a granddaughter in our schools,” she said. “His family is invested in the community.”

Niles is replacing Keith Vincent, who resigned in May. Former Associate Superintendent David Shumake has filled the position on an interim basis since, Dyer said.

“I wanted to continue to serve and just use my skills and experiences that I’ve gathered throughout the years,” Niles added.

Brenau University named one of nation’s most rigorous schools

A lot of studying goes on at college, but Brenau University students hit the books harder than most.

The university made the list of the 20 most rigorous colleges in the nation, according to The Daily Beast website. Brenau came in at No. 16, ahead of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

“We’re delighted to be recognized among such a distinguished group of colleges and universities,” said Brenau President Ed Schrader.

Topping the list were Columbia University, the University of Chicago and Harvard University. Rounding out the top five were Princeton and Yale universities.

Also behind Brenau were Pomona College in Claremont, Calif., Wellesley College in Massachusetts and Washington University in St. Louis.

The Daily Beast ranked the schools by looking at the selectivity of admissions and the student-to-faculty ratio, according to its website. Other factors were student ratings for workload and the intelligence of the professors.

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