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Every BGA alumnus, regardless of age, job, or location – or whether you graduated from the old campus or Glen Echo – has an unbreakable bond that connects you at every stage of life.

The BGA Alumni Association exists to connect our 3,500+ alumni to each other and to BGA, to celebrate milestones, and to support you when life changes. There’s no better time to explore your peer network, inspire a new generation, and continue to make lasting memories.

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Alumni News

Connor Mitchell '18 Named Best of the Best by National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame

Congratulations to Conner Mitchell, BGA Class of 2018, for his recent recognition as a a top scholar athlete at Rhodes College in Memphis. Connor's accomplishments, both on the field and in the classroom, were celebrated at a black tie dinner hosted by the Memphis Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame. 

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George Plaster '77 Inducted into Tennessee Radio Hall of Fame

Join us in congratulating BGA Alumni Hall of Fame member George Plaster '77 for his recent induction in the Tennessee Radio Hall of Fame, Class of 2022. His broadcasting career spans 30+ years from play-by-play announcer for Vanderbilt Athletics, to hosting a sports talk radio show and a sports tv show.  For years, he was a staple in Nashville Sports Radio beginning at Supertalk 997 WTN, later moving to 104.5 The Zone (WGFX), 102.5 The Game WSM-AM, and now WNSR.

 

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Matt Ligon '87 Named Managing Broker at Parks-Village-Pilkerton

Congratulations to Matt Ligon '87 who has been named the Managing Broker at Parks-Village-Pilkerton, effective February 15. Ligon was formerly an agent with Pilkerton Realtors which merged with Parks-Village Real Estate in January, creating Parks-Village-Pilkerton, the largest real estate firm in Tennessee with over 1,400 agents and $6.5 billion in annual sales volume. 

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Henry Dambach '18 Named Furman Fellow

Join us in congratulating Henry Dambach '18, recently selected as a 2022 Furman Fellow, an awarded given annually to five members of Furman's senior class who’ve shown unique leadership skills and an ability to make a difference in the world and in the lives of others. 

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Law Enforcement Leader Chip Kain '02 to Serve in Dual Role with the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance

The Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance (TDCI) recently announced the appointment of law enforcement veteran leader William “Chip” Kain (BGA Class of 2002) to serve in a dual role as the new executive director of the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy (TLETA) and as the new executive secretary of the Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission (POST).

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Alumna Wrenne French Named Second Team All-SEC in Women's Soccer

Join us in congratulating Wrenne French '17 who has been named Second Team All-SEC in Women's Soccer at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville where she is an anchor for the Tennessee back line. While at BGA, Wrenne helped lead the Lady Wildcats to a state title in 2014, was a member of the National Honors Society, and Digamma. 

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Cmdr. Kelechi Ndukwe '97 and USS Halsey Return to Pearl Harbor after 5-Month Deployment

Cmdr. Kelechi Ndukwe '97 led the USS Halsey (DDG 97) and its crew back to its homeport at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam on October 4, after successfully completing a scheduled five-month deployment to the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet areas of responsibility. More information about Halsey's recent deployment and mission can be found here.

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BGA Inducts New Hall of Fame Members During Homecoming Weekend

On Saturday, October 2, Battle Ground Academy inducted five new members into its Alumni Hall of Fame and Athletic Hall of Fame. In addition, the school honored Peter Kropp, Ph.D. as its Distinguished Young Alumnus in a ceremony held at BGA’s Sondra Morris and Robert N. Moore, Jr. ’52 Center for Arts and Entrepreneurship as part of the school’s Homecoming Weekend festivities.

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Cmdr. Kelechi Ndukwe '97 Receives Command of USS Halsey
BGA’s 2009 Distinguished Young Alumnus, Cmdr. Kelechi Ndukwe '97, USN, received command of the USS Halsey (DDG 97), a U.S. Navy guided missile destroyer located at the historic Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, in Honolulu, Hawaii, on Thursday, April 1
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2021-2022 Alumni Board

President — Sterling Smith '84
President-Elect — Courtney Smith '00
Past-President — Kunu Kaushal '02

Directors

Jason Brace '06
Julianne Isaacs Canty ‘08
Gilmore Conners ‘11
Kathryne Anderson Coonce ’00
Elizabeth Pope Goodwin '06
Candis Boyte Grunwald ’09
Jacqueline LaFont ’07
Michael McClellan ‘99
Eric McElroy '00
Shelley Roberts McLay '93
Daniel Parker ‘09
Alan Treadway '79