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Monthly archive: February 2013

Richmont Represented at the Southeastern Psychological Association Conference

Assistant Professor of Counseling and Director of Institutional Effectiveness, Dr. Mary Plisco, and master’s student, Katie Rider, will each represent Richmont Graduate University at the Southeastern Psychological Association’s (SEPA) annual conference in March 2013. Both Plisco and Rider submitted presentation proposals last fall and were selected to present their research at the 2013 conference in Atlanta, Georgia.

This year, Plisco will present research in the clinical counseling portion of the conference regarding anxiety disorders in children and the development of the therapeutic relationship.

Similarly, Rider will present her senior thesis, “The Anorexia-Religion Connection: Views of God’s Grace and Religious Coping Style and Predictors of the Severity of Anorectic Symptomology,” which offers empirical data regarding anorexic patients and their views of God’s grace and their religious coping styles.

In preparation for the SEPA conference Rider said, “I’m excited to present this research because it empirically demonstrates the importance and value of incorporating religion, and Christian religious themes in particular, into the anorexia treatment process. It’s a privilege to represent Richmont as well as to have the opportunity to highlight spiritually informed research.”  

According to SEPA’s web site, they represent the “…largest psychological organization in the southeast and one of largest in the United States.” Seeking to “…advance psychology as a science, as a profession, and as a means of promoting human welfare…” SEPA’s mission is “…to stimulate the exchange of scientific and professional ideas across the diverse areas of psychological inquiry and application.”

Spring Preview Days

Richmont Graduate University to Host a Reception Honoring Dr. Jeffrey Terrell

Richmont Graduate University to Host a Reception Honoring Dr. Jeffrey Terrell

The Board of Trustees at Richmont Graduate University gladly invite alumni, friends, students, faculty and staff to join in celebrating Dr. Jeff Terrell’s 14 years of faithful service to the university on February 28, 2013 from 6:30-8 p.m.

“We are thankful for all Dr. Terrell has done during his years at Richmont Graduate University,” said Board Chair Jan Linder. “Some of the outstanding accomplishments made during his presidency include: his compelling vision, his unwavering commitment to Richmont’s mission, his aggressive plan to achieve accreditation, and his ensuring that the school would maintain the highest possible academic standards. We look forward to a time of celebration with Dr. Terrell and honoring his legacy.”

Reflecting on his tenure at Richmont, Dr. Terrell said, “The past fourteen years of work together has been the most meaningful professional achievement of my life. I am grateful for the leadership lessons the Lord has taught me and for the opportunities the trustees have provided me as President … I hope to see Richmont Graduate University flourishing and growing to ever-brighter heights in the years ahead.”

In order to honor Dr. Terrell, an open evening of fellowship and commemoration will be hosted at the university during which heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served and dress will be business casual.

Date: February 28, 2013 Location: Richmont Graduate University

Time: 6:30-8:00 p.m. 2055 Mt. Paran Road NW, Atlanta, GA 30327

In order to anticipate an appropriate number of guests, please consider sending a courtesy RSVP email to Jennifer Cooper at: or call: 404-835-6117.

Richmont Graduate University Announces Interim President

Atlanta, Georgia – Following Dr. Jeff Terrell’s resignation as president of Richmont Graduate University, the Board of Trustees is pleased to announce Bob Rodgers as Interim President.

Rodgers has been a Richmont Graduate University trustee and donor for seven years prior to joining the staff in 2010 in order to lead the university’s development efforts. He has served as Richmont’s Executive Vice-president since 2011. As Executive Vice-president, Rodgers has been in the position as COO, overseeing of the day to day operations of the school.

Before joining Richmont Graduate University, Rodgers’ was the Founder and President of Quantum Search and has more than 22 years in leadership development, consulting and executive search in the not for profit, healthcare and general corporate arenas. He also previously served as Vice President of People for Waffle House, a nationwide restaurant company, with oversight responsibilities for 20,000+ associates in 21states.

A Quick Q&A with Trent Gilbert

A Quick Q&A with Trent Gilbert

Trent Gilbert was recently named the new Vice President of Enrollment at Richmont. He is a fantastic individual, a hard worker, and he loves to talk about all things Richmont. Recently Trent took time out of his day to answer a few questions about Richmont, Atlanta, and what he likes to do in his free time.

What are you most excited about for Richmont’s future?

Growing enrollment and name recognition at Richmont. This is a place that is making an impact not only on our students lives, but also on the lives of those they touch through their work.  As a part of this enrollment growth, we will be able to gain more name recognition for Richmont within both the Chattanooga and Atlanta communities, which will lead to increased interest from students, donors and community involvement.  I view it as a cycle that keeps feeding itself.

Why do you love living in Atlanta?

Atlanta is a city of little neighborhoods.  I love exploring each neighborhood, finding the local restaurants and hanging out with each different people. I also love all the trees (except during the spring pollen season).  Most major cities don’t have nearly as much green space as Atlanta and it makes me feel like I’m not living in a big city.

How do you spend your time when you’re not at Richmont?

I love to spend time with my wife Adrienne and our two rescue dogs, Sara and Hunter.  We enjoy hitting the trails for a hike, and we love exploring new restaurants (especially if they have a outdoor seating).  My wife and I also love to travel and explore different parts of the country. Our former lives had us on the road quite a bit, so it is in our blood.