BJ Richardson Williams

News Director, AccessNorthGa.com and WDUN
Gainesville, Ga.

The 1982 graduate who majored in journalism at the Women’s College is the top news executive for Gainesville, Ga.-based Jacobs Media radio, television and Web entities. The Zeta Tau Alpha member enjoyed a distinguished career in Atlanta radio and corporate advertising before assuming the role in January of news director for Jacobs Media, which comprises WDUN AM & FM/1240, ESPN Radio, and AccessNorthGA.com. She is responsible for anchoring newscasts, as well as supervising a small staff of two full-time news anchor/reporters and six part-time staff members. She also covers government meetings and news events in the North Georgia area.

Kimberly Laburda Dotson

Dotson, KimberlySenior Healthcare Pharmaceutical Representative
Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, Springfield, Mo.

From the time she graduated in 2002 as a mass communication major and a member of Alpha Delta Pi until five years, Dotson was a rising star in local television news as a news anchor and reporter. She literally left Brenau with no job prospects and only a demo tape in hand, but after knocking on doors all over the eastern United States, she in two months landed a reporter’s job at WBBJ-TV in Jackson, Tenn. She quickly moved into the morning show anchor desk, then to stations in Albany, Ga., Peoria, Ill., and Springfield, Mo., where she for two years was host of “Good Morning Springfield.” Toward the end of her contract, Pfizer came calling, and, she says, “I decided to close one chapter of my life in search of another. It’s a decision I will never regret…. Brenau and the Mass Communications Department helped instill the confidence and knowledge I needed to guide me down the right paths in life.”

Rosanne Chastain Short

Short, Rosanne ChastainDirector, Nonresidential Programs & Support Services
Brenau University, Gainesville, Ga.

Before she graduated from high school, Rosanne Short was on The Today Show with Tom Brokaw. As a student at the Foxfire program in the northeast Georgia mountains, the Cornelia resident had taken photographs that appeared on the cover of one of the nationally renowned Foxfire books, and Brokaw has her and other students on the program. Short, a member of Alpha Gamma Delta, earned an undergraduate degree in journalism and public relations at the Women’s college in 1999 and a master’s in organizational leadership on 2006. She currently teaches communications classes online at Brenau. Her recently published work includes articles The Foxfire 45th Anniversary Book: Singin’, Praisin’, Raisin’Southern Living’s Georgia Living and The Alpha Gamma Delta Quarterly.

Adriane Anderson Seymour

Seymour, AdrianeDirector, Communications and Public Relations
Riverside Military Academy
Gainesville, Ga.

Seymour, who majored in public relations, is a 1987 Women’s College graduate and a member of Zeta Tau Alpha. She currently handles public relations activities for the Gainesville prep school that was founded in 1906 by Brenau patriarchs H.J. Pearce and Azor Van Hoose.  Along with Seymour’s duties of writing news releases, developing advertising, and serving as liaison with the community, she distributes weekly athletic scores to more than 20 media outlets, and she recently began editing and producing Reveille, the institution’s bi-annual publication.

Candace Dobbs Watson

Watson, Candace Communications Director
Lake Highland Preparatory School, Orlando, Fla.

A member of Zeta Tau Alpha, journalism major Watson graduated from the Women’s College in 1990. Her duties at the 26-acre central Florida prep school, the largest in the state, include writing for and editing the Tartan, a magazine published three times a year for parents, alumni and friends of LHPS.

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