Armstrong Announces Its 2011 Notable Alumni

(November 18, 2011) Armstrong recently honored 27 alumni at the university's second annual Notable Alumni Reception on the Armstrong campus.

"The Notable Alumni program gives us the opportunity to celebrate alumni who have accomplished great things and continue to lead and inspire others,” said Armstrong president Linda Bleicken. “We are proud that they are part of this institution's history."

Students, faculty and staff from across the campus, as well as members of the Armstrong Alumni Association were asked to nominate alums who have made a difference at Armstrong, in their professions and throughout their communities.

The tradition of recognizing notable alums began in 2010 with the celebration of Armstrong's 75th anniversary.

About our Alumni:
  • Mr. Linden J. Accurso, Class of 1978. Accurso lives in Savannah, Ga. and is a U.S. Army retired colonel and owner of Professional Training Associates of Savannah.
  • Mrs. Prem L. Bhatia, Class of 1970. Bhatia lives in Duluth, Ga. and is a philanthropist and real estate developer.
  • Dr. Antonette M. Bosch, Ph.D., Class of 1987. Bosch is a pediatrician for Metabolic Disorders at the Academic Medical Center in Amsterdam.
  • Mrs. Christina M. Bourgeois, Class of 1994. Bourgeois is the director of Georgia Tech's School of Electrical and Computer Engineering undergraduate professional communication program. She lives in Marietta, Ga.
  • Capt. Stephen R. Bradshaw, Class of 1986. Bradshaw lives in Clarkston, Ga. and is the president of Night Flight Press, LLC. He is also an adjunct Professor at Georgia State University and an author.
  • Mr. James Brasfield, Class of 1979. Brasfield lives in State College, Pa. He is a poet and professor of English at Pennsylvania State University.
  • Dr. Clinton A. Brooks, Class of 1996. Brooks is a patent examiner for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and he lives in Smyrna, Ga.
  • Mr. John M. Browne, Sr., Class of 1969. Browne lives in Savannah, Ga., and is Head Golf Professional at the Savannah Golf Club.
  • Mrs. Amanda M. Cannon, Class of 1996. Cannon is co-owner of Two Smart Cookies. She lives in Savannah, Ga.
  • Dr. Renee Connolly, Class of 1993. Connolly lives in Blythewood, S. C. and is the assistant dean for assessment at the University of South Carolina.
  • The Honorable Ronald E. Ginsberg, Class of 1965. Ginsberg is a retired Chatham County State Court Judge. He lives in Savannah, Ga.
  • Mr. Patrick S. Graham, Class of 1978. Graham lives in Savannah, Ga. He is the executive director of the Savannah Airport Commission.
  • Dr. John C. Griffin, Jr. Class of 1968. Griffin lives in Lancaster, S. C. He is a distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of South Carolina - Lancaster.
  • Dr. Harry J. Hunter, Class of 1975. Hunter lives in Detroit, Mich. and is the Director of the State of Michigan Employee Service Program.
  • Ms. Faye R. Kirschner, Class of 1965. Kirschner is a longtime resident of Savannah, Ga., and she is a health and physical education instructor at Armstrong.
  • Dr. Michael Kleinpeter, Class of 1999. Kleinpeter is the CEO of Optim Healthcare. He lives in Savannah, Ga.
  • Mrs. Dawn H. MacMillan, Class of 2000. MacMillan lives in Pooler, Ga. She is an audiologist and owner of Coastal Audiology & Hearing Aid Center.
  • Dr. Earnest W. Murphy, Jr., Class of 1951. Murphy lives in Daytona Beach, Fla. He is an American Tenor, Grammy Award winner and Professor Emeritus of Stetson University.
  • Ms. Deborah M. Nelson, Class of 1990. Nelson lives in Seattle, Wash. where she is an attorney at Nelson Boyd Attorneys.
  • Dr. William S. Ray, Jr., Class of 1959. Ray lives in Savannah, Ga. He is a dentist at Dr. William S. Ray Jr. Dentistry.
  • Ms. Melody C. Rodriguez, Class of 2003. Rodriguez is director of Armstrong's Hispanic Outreach and Leadership at Armstrong (HOLA) Program. She lives in Savannah, Ga.
  • Mrs. Katherine L. Thomson, Class of 1972. Thomson lives in Savannah, Ga. and is executive director of the Coastal Center for Development Services.
  • Mrs. Paula R. Tillman, Class of 2009. Tillman is an instructor at American Red Cross Disaster Health Services. She lives in Savannah, Ga.
  • Mrs. Amber S. Tuten, Class of 1991. Tuten lives in Thomasville, Ga. and is the Medical Laboratory Science Program Director for Thomas University.
  • Mrs. Jane R. Tyler, Class of 1975. Tyler lives in Savannah, Ga. She is the principal at Jacob G. Smith Elementary School.
  • Dr. Jerry K. Williams, Jr. Class of 1987. Williams is a neurologist, business owner and technology company founder who lives in Savannah, Ga.
  • Mr. Andrew B. Zeigler, Class of 1977. Zeigler lives in Savannah, Ga. and is president of Advanced Business Software Corporation.

Armstrong Atlantic State University, part of the University System of Georgia, was founded in 1935. The university offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate academic programs in the College of Liberal Arts, the College of Science and Technology, the College of Education, and the College of Health Professions. Armstrong Atlantic serves approximately 7,500 students at its main campus in Savannah and a regional center in Hinesville. Its diverse student population comes from nearly all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and 76 countries. For more information visit