Piedmont College Professor deemed “Woman of the Year”

Religion professor Barbara Brown Taylor of Clarkesville was named the 2015 Georgia Woman of the Year, and nursing student Sarah Brooke Bolton of Commerce received the Ben Jones Memorial Scholarship at an Oct. 21 awards dinner in Atlanta presented by the Georgian Women’s Institute, Georgia Commission on Women, and the Southern Women’s Center & History Museum.

A former Episcopal rector, Taylor is the Butman Professor of Religion at Piedmont and has taught at the college since 1998. She was recently named one of the “30 Most Influential Preachers of the past 30 years” by Preaching magazine and was named by Time magazine to its 2014 list of “The 100 Most Influential People in the World.”

Bolton is a junior nursing major in Piedmont’s R.H. Daniel School of Nursing in Demorest, where she is working toward a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree.

The non-profit Georgia Woman of the Year Award Committee was established in 1996 by the Georgia Commission on Women and is currently administered by the Southern Women’s Center & History Museum. In addition to recognizing women who have distinguished themselves in their careers, the committee has presented scholarships to more than 60 Georgia students.