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Coney Awarded Top Specialist in Education Award
June 10, 2005

Andy Peters
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ATLANTA - Ruth Gregg Coney of Lawrenceville received the top student honor in the Specialist in Education program of Tift College of Education of Mercer University. The award was presented at commencement on Saturday, May 21, on the University’s Cecil B. Day Campus in Atlanta.


Mercer University President R. Kirby Godsey and Tift College of Education Dean Carl R. Martray presented Coney with the 2005 Outstanding Specialist in Education Student Award. Coney graduated with the specialist in education degree and a perfect 4.0 grade-point average. Coney teaches in the gifted program at Gwinnett County’s Knight Elementary School in Lilburn, where she has been since the 1997-98 academic year.


About the Tift College of Education and Mercer University:

The Tift College of Education, established in 1995 as the School of Education, was renamed in 2001 to honor the legacy of Tift College and the Tift family. The Tift College of Education provides a variety of Teacher Education Programs that are accredited by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission. Undergraduate programs are offered in Macon and in the regional academic centers in Henry County, Douglas County and Eastman. Graduate programs are offered on the campuses in Macon and Atlanta.


Founded in 1833, Mercer University has campuses in Macon and Atlanta as well as four regional academic centers. With 10 schools and colleges, the University offers programs in liberal arts, business, engineering, education, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, law and theology. For 15 consecutive years, U.S. News & World Report has named Mercer University as one of the leading universities in the South.