Loyal Jones and Chad Berry, Berea College’s Appalachian Center (#429)
Loyal Jones, founder and former director of Berea College’s Appalachian Center, and current director Chad Berry discuss the centerís work and mission, national media coverage about Appalachia, and the future of the region.
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Loyal Jones, founder of Berea College’s Appalachian Center, grew up on a mountain farm in western North Carolina, earned an undergraduate degree at Berea College, and received his master’s degree in education from the University of North Carolina. He served as director of the Appalachian Center from 1970 until 1993, and the college has renamed the center in his honor. In addition to the numerous articles he has written about Appalachia, Jones has authored nine books.
Chad Berry, director of the Appalachian Center, came to Berea College from Maryville College, where he taught for 11 years. He is the author of Southern Migrants, Northern Exiles, which examines the migration of millions of white southerners to the Midwest during the 20th century. He is published widely in the area of Appalachian studies and international education.