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Dr. Chad Berry Named Appalachian Center Director

Dr. Chad Berry, current president of the Appalachian Studies Association and Associate Professor of History at Maryville College, will join Berea College in July as director of the Appalachian Center.

Dr. Berry, a scholar of Appalachian Studies, American History and South African Studies, will also hold a teaching appointment as the Goode Professor of Appalachian Studies.

Berea President Larry D. Shinn said Berry brings an “uncommon mixture of talents and experiences” to the position. “He is both an excellent teacher and accomplished scholar of Appalachia in the context of world cultures -- especially those of Africa,” Shinn said. “Berea College is fortunate to find a person with the knowledge, passion, and commitment of Dr. Chad Berry.”

Berry was honored with the Teaching Excellence Award of the East Tennessee Historical Society in 2005. In 1997, Berry received the Richard H. Collins Award for the best article published in The Register, the journal of the Kentucky Historical Society. He has also received numerous grants to teach and study abroad.

Berry has taught as a professor in the History Department at Maryville since 1995, and in the summer of 1997 he traveled to the University of Cape Town in Cape Town, South Africa to serve as a visiting lecturer. From 1991-95, he served as editorial assistant and then senior editorial assistant of the Journal of American History.

As 2006-07 President of the Appalachian Studies Association, Berry will continue to encourage an advancement of scholarship concerning the Appalachian region. He will also continue the Association’s fight against mountain-top removal, a key component of their agenda.

Born in Indiana to a family of transplanted Tennesseans, Berry received his bachelor’s degree in American Studies from the University of Notre Dame, graduating summa cum laude in 1986. He received his master’s in folk studies from Western Kentucky University and his doctorate in U.S. History, with a minor in South African History, from Indiana University in Bloomington.

Berry is married to Lisa Gardner Berry, with whom he has two children; his daughter Madelaine is 11 and his son Nat is 8.

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