Monday, June 9, 2008
University of West Georgia President Beheruz N. Sethna has a passion for reading and appreciates the importance of reading for young children and their education. That is part of the reason he is featured on a promotional poster not once but twice on the Georgia Department of Education’s Georgia Read More website.
He shares company with former President Jimmy Carter, Atlanta Braves pitcher John Smoltz, country singer Travis Tritt and Leah Ward Sears, Chief Justice of the Georgia Supreme Court.
Sethna, a professor of business administration, is the only member of the University System of Georgia to be featured and the only dignitary to be featured twice because of the number of readings he has done.
“It is quite an honor to be on a poster with the likes of President Carter, Travis Tritt and Justice Sears,” said Sethna. “I love to read and I love to read to kids. Reading is so fundamental to their academic and intellectual growth and any time we spend helping them experience the joys and potential of reading is time very well spent.”
Sethna read “The Magic Rabbit” by Richard Jesse Watson and the classic, “The Three Little Pigs” by Maggie Moore to Carrollton Elementary School students.
“The books are fun to read and send meaningful messages to the kids,” Sethna said with a smile. “Besides, they are well suited to my intellectual level.”
Sethna has served as president of the university since 1996 and as the Interim Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Academic Officer of the university system for almost two years. He has recently been named in the “Who’s Who in Education” section of the Atlanta Business Chronicle and was listed as one of the “100 Most Influential Georgians” by Georgia Trend. The posters are on display at all elementary school libraries and most central offices. To view the posters of other readers visit the DOE website.