Biology Distinguished Graduate Alumna 2012-2013 Ms. Kelly Shropshire Spratt to speak April 22
Kelly Spratt has had a uniquely diverse career that unites biology and government service.
She graduated 1990 with a BA in anthropology from the University of Georgia. The next year she served as an intern at the St. Catherine’s Island Species Survival Center and as a field intern in the rainforests of Malaysia. From 1992-1994 Kelly worked as a US Fish & Wildlife Service biologist on Hawaii. She also worked as an archeologist in Micronesia (1994-1995) before moving back to Georgia and the St. Catherine’s Island Species Survival Center in 1995. She worked there as a zoologist through 2000, finding time to obtain her MS here at Georgia Southern in 1999.
When the Wildlife Conservation Society closed their facility on St. Catherine’s Island in 2000, Kelly took her career in a distinctly different direction. She and her husband Jeff Spratt opened Open Gates Bed & Breakfast in Darien, Georgia, in 2001. Once settled in Darien, Kelly has been drawn inexorably into local government, including election to the Darien City Council (2005), Mayor of Darien (2007), and Chair of McIntosh County Commission (2010). All her government service has been characterized by an effort to bring more sustainable and environmentally sound practices to local government. Her success is reflected in the fact that she was hired in 2012 by Georgia Sea Grant to coordinate outreach to local governments about global climate change.
In honor of her contributions as a biologist and public servant, Kelly Spratt is the 2012-2013 Department of Biology Distinguished Graduate Alumna.
Past Distinguished Graduate Alumni
Dr. Joel Hutcheson
Iowa State University
Mr. Dorset Hurley
Georgia Department of Natural Resources
Ms. Sharon Petzinger
New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife
Dr. Ben Cash
University of Central Arkansas
Dr. Julie Lockwood
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