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It will be a colorful night Thursday as Georgetown College football celebrates the culmination of spring practice in a scrimmage. The 117th Orange & Black game will be adding a bit of Greene and Rasberry to the mix. Helping as honorary coaches for the evening will be GC's 24th President, Dr. M. Dwaine Greene and new Vice President of Advancement Dr. Todd Rasberry. While most days these two will work harmoniously to advance the college, Thursday night at 7 pm on iHigh.com Field we might see their competitive sides take over.
"I've had one year experience with football on my junior varsity team in high school, add that to my college baseball days and I'm ready for this game," Dr. Greene said with a smile. "I'm pleased to be on the winning side of the Orange & Black scrimmage game."
It is yet to be determined which team either will be coaching as the draft will take place Tuesday evening. Coach Bill Cronin allows his seniors to pick teams and possibly the honorary coach that will be on their side, calling several plays early in the game.
"This is a fun time and a chance to really enjoy all the work put in this year," Cronin said. "We are extremely pleased to have both Dr. Greene and Dr. Rasberry take part in this tradition. This is really special for our players and our fans."
Dr. Greene took over the reins in late October. He has a strong track record for success in higher education, spending his most recent years as provost and academic vice president for Campbell University in Buies Creek, N.C. He did his undergraduate work at Campbell and his masters work in New Testament from Wake Forest and a doctorate in New Testament and Early Christianity from University of Virginia.
Being on the football field is nothing new for Dr. Rasberry. A true Texan, he played offensive and defensive line from age seven until he graduated high school.
"I look forward to going head-to-head with Dr. Greene on the gridiron, leading the Tigers in their inter-squad scrimmage," Dr. Rasberry said. "I have great respect for Dr. Greene's leadership off the field, and I cannot imagine it being any different on the field."
Dr. Rasberry joined the staff in March as one of Dr. Greene's first hires. He did his undergraduate work at McMurry University in Abilene, got his masters from Perkins School of Theology and his doctorate at Texas Tech University. Dr. Rasberry, an ordained Methodist minister, served as local pastor and director of an Interethnic Parish of six churches in Texas before entering the field of higher education. He most recently served as director of development for Perkins, where he directed the administration and coordination of all fundraising for the school, including the management of the capital campaigns for new buildings.
"Calling plays on the field is different from working with the Institutional Advancement teams," Dr. Rasberry said. "The IA teams are a winning bunch; so, I should be prepared for guest coaching Thursday evening."