|Brenau University marked the 40th anniversary of French professor Beth Nott this week at its annual faculty and staff service recognition ceremony in historic Pearce Auditorium on the Gainesville campus.
Nott, who splits her classroom time with work as grants administrator in the university’s Office of External Relations, came to Brenau in 1971 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she completed a Master of Arts degree. She completed undergraduate studies at Rhodes College in her native Memphis, Tenn. She is also faculty sponsor for Brenau’s chapter of Alpha Lambda Delta, the national honor society for first-year students, and a charter member of Brenau chapter of Phi Kappa Phi national honor society.
“Time flies when you’re having fun,” said Nott, “and it has been a fun 40 years.”
The only Brenau faculty member who has served longer is Jim Southerland, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs.
“Since her arrival on campus, Beth Nott has been one of the best-liked and most-respected members of the faculty,” said Southerland. “She loves her students and they love her. She is the consummate faculty member – a detail-orient person with the highest academic standards.”
Outside the classroom and her work schedule, she has a reputation for being totally engaged in the Gainesville community and all aspects of the university. “She is an encyclopedia of all things Brenau,” said Matt Thomas, vice president for external relations at the university. “And she is totally supportive of students and other faculty in all their activities. There is not a play or a recital or a gallery opening or a public lecture, athletic event, sorority open house, or an awards ceremony or a fund-raising barbecue that Beth will not attend.”
Originally published on 5/11/11