LaGrange College welcomes six new staff members

Published 9:00 am Tuesday, August 30, 2022

Six new faculty members joined LaGrange College for the 2022-23 academic year.

Dr. Clay Bolton is associate professor of sports management in the college’s business department. Previously, he worked as an associate professor and undergraduate coordinator at Texas A&M University-Commerce, an assistant professor of recreation and sports management at Southern Wesleyan University and an adjunct professor of sports and entertainment management at the University of South Carolina.

Bolton earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Augusta University, a master’s degree in sports management from Georgia Southern University and a doctorate in education and higher education administration from Mississippi State University.

He has served as a co-editor for the Journal of NCAA Rules Compliance and a member of the National Association for Kinesiology in Higher Education’s board of directors.

Marci DeRamus is assistant professor of psychological science in the college’s mathematics and sciences department. She has worked as an adjunct instructor at West Virginia University Institute of Technology.

DeRamus received her bachelor’s and doctorate degrees in psychology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

She had articles published in Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology, Neuroscience, and Scientific Reports.

Beth Evans is assistant professor in the college’s Nursing Department. Previously, she worked as a registered nurse and health science teacher at THINC College and Career Academy in LaGrange, a nursing instructor at Southern Union State Community College in Opelika and a registered nurse at several area medical clinics and the Auburn City School System.

Evans received a bachelor’s degree in public relations from Auburn University, a BSN from Jacksonville State University, a master’s degree in public health and nursing administration from University of South Alabama and a post-master’s certificate in nursing education from Jacksonville State University.

She holds professional memberships in the American Association of Critical Care Nurses; Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education Resource Network of Georgia; National League of Nursing; and HOSA- Future Health Professionals.

Dr. Delores Harrell is visiting assistant professor of psychological science in the college’s Mathematics and Sciences Department. She has taught at Purdue University Global, University of Phoenix, Saint Leo University and Chancellor University.

Outside of teaching, Harrell works as the CEO and founder of A Nu Trend Inc. and the president and branding strategist MotleyDe’Enterprises LLC in Atlanta.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Clark Atlanta University, a Master of Public Health from University of Alabama at Birmingham and a Master of Arts and Psy.D. in clinical psychology from Argosy University.

Dr. Harrell holds memberships in Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., NAACP and the American Psychological Association.

Claire Oldfather is reference librarian at the college’s Frank and Laura Lewis Library. She previously worked as a reference services library assistant at Simmons University in Boston. Oldfather also had library internships at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Harvard University and Auburn University.

She received a bachelor’s degree in classics, folklore and mythology from the University of Kentucky, a Master of Arts in Archive Administration and a Master of Philosophy in Welsh and Celtic Studies from Aberystwyth University and a Master of Science in Library Science from Simmons University.

Oldfather has worked with archaeological field schools in Meath, Ireland, and Shikhin, Israel.

Lyn Perry Ed.S. ’16 is director of field experiences and associate professor in the college’s education department. Previously, she was the director of special education and a special education teacher at Roanoke City Schools in Alabama.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Auburn University, a master’s degree in education from Jacksonville State University and an Educational Specialist in Teacher Leadership from LaGrange College.

Perry has served as a professional development leader for Roanoke City Schools and a National Board Mentor, who worked with teachers across the state of Alabama pursuing National Board Certification.