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Three new trustees elected to Berea College Board

Three new members were elected to the Berea College Board of Trustees at the board’s spring meeting May 21-22. Tyler S. Thompson of Louisville, Joseph J. Bridy of New York, N.Y. and Jerry B. Hale of Gray, Tenn. were all elected to six-year terms beginning immediately. Hale was elected as an alumni trustee.

Berea's new trustees

Thompson is a senior partner with the Louisville law firm of Dolt, Thompson, Shepherd, Kinney and Wilt, PSC. He has been associated with the firm since 1986. The Benham, Ky. native earned a Juris Doctorate from the University of the Louisville School of Law and a bachelor’s degree in history from Berea College. From 2003-2009, Thompson served on the Berea Board as an alumni trustee.

Thompson is a member of the Louisville and Kentucky State Bar Associations, West Virginia State Bar and the American Bar Association, as well as Trial Lawyers for Public Justice. He has held several positions with the Kentucky Justice Association, including serving on the Board of Directors and as President in 2005. In 2003, he became the youngest recipient ever of the Peter Perlman Trial Lawyer of the Year Award, presented annually by the Kentucky Academy of Trial Attorneys to an attorney in Kentucky who has demonstrated excellence in the courtroom. In 2007, Thompson became a member of the Inner Circle of Advocates, a trial lawyer organization by invitation only, limited to only 100 lawyers in the United States. He is a Fellow of The American College of Trial Lawyers and a Fellow of The International Academy of Trial Lawyers. Thompson’s community service involves serving as a director of The Peoples Bank in Ewing, Va., as Past President of The Kentucky Family Safety Foundation, and support for various organizations involving health care, environmental conservation, and legal aid.

Joseph Bridy is a partner at Hamlin Capital Management, LLC., where he has been employed since 2004. He currently oversees all fixed income commitments at Hamlin and is responsible for managing a portfolio of over $700 million of high yield bonds. His responsibilities also include the sourcing and structuring of all new bond investment opportunities and serving as the portfolio manager of record. Bridy is a member of the Bond Purchasers Association and recently led a panel presentation at the National Association of Credit Analysts. He frequently presents to state education associations and industry trade groups on infrastructure and facilities financing and is recognized as a pioneer in the field of project financing. From 1998 to 2000 Bridy worked as an analyst in the Fixed Income Division at Goldman Sachs and later as a junior portfolio manager at Oscar Capital Management LLC, a long-short equity hedge fund founded by former Goldman Sachs employees. Originally from Shamokin, Pa., Bridy received his B.A. degree in finance and economics cum laude from Bucknell University, and M.B.A. in finance with high distinction from Cornell University’s Johnson School of Management.

While still in graduate school, Bridy created an innovative program that has been helping Berea students since 2003. Originally a volunteer service project, the Cornell Johnson Business School/Berea College Program has developed into a formal program that brings Bridy and a team of current Johnson School MBA students and alumni to campus for two days of intensive work with 50-60 Berea students from all disciplines, covering a wide range of career development skills.

Jerry Hale, a 1973 Berea graduate, is a retired Vice President of Information Technology (IT) and Chief Information Officer (CIO) of Eastman Chemical Company. Hale began his career with Eastman following his graduation from Berea with a B.A. in mathematics. During his service as Eastman CIO, Hale was honored as a Premier 100 IT leader; Eastman was frequently ranked in the top ten of Information Week's top IT organizations; and the company’s IT unit was also ranked in the top 100 best places to work in IT. Hale served the chemicals industry as a founder and Board member for the Chemicals Information Technology Center and as Chairman of the Chemical Industry Data Exchange. Hale served in an executive advisory role for SAP AG and Mercury Interactive and as an IT advisor for a venture capital firm. He also served in an IT advisory role to Mountain Empire Community College, East Tennessee State University and Wellmont Health System. He served his local community as president of the United Way and Optimist Club and was an organizer and long time coach of youth sports. In 2008, Hale received the award of Distinguished Alumnus, Berea College's highest alumni honor.

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