USG Regent Bernard to Speak at Georgia Gwinnett College Commencement
Kenneth R. Bernard, Jr., a member of the University System of Georgia Board of Regents, will present the commencement address at Georgia Gwinnett College’s Dec. 20 winter ceremony, to be held at the Gwinnett Center.
“We are honored to have Regent Bernard address our largest graduating class to date,” said GGC President Daniel J. Kaufman. “His personal story of how he overcame challenges to succeed will surely resonate with our students, many of whom have faced similar obstacles.” More than 250 students will receive their degrees at the ceremony, a full 100 more than last year’s winter ceremony.
Bernard represents the 13th Congressional District on the Board of Regents, the governing body for the University System of Georgia. Former Governor Sonny Perdue appointed him to the board in 2007 for a seven-year term.
He currently serves as chairman of the Audit, Risk, and Compliance Committee, and previously served two terms as chairman of the Organization and Law Committee, which oversees the legal affairs of the 35 public universities and colleges in Georgia. He also served as the inaugural chairman of the Health Professions and Education Committee.
In 2010, 2011 and 2012, Bernard was named chairman of the University System of Georgia Foundation, Inc., which is a cooperative organization of the Board of Regents. The foundation administers scholarships, grants and awards in furtherance of the public universities and colleges of Georgia.
A former captain in the United States Marine Corps, Bernard graduated from the University of Georgia and the University of Georgia School of Law. After completing Officer Candidate School, The Basic School and Naval Justice School, he distinguished himself as an officer in the Marine Corps Judge Adjutant General corps.
Bernard is a lawyer and managing partner of the law firm Sherrod & Bernard. He formerly served as a special assistant attorney general, vice-chairman of the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority, and served on the Governor’s Development Council.
Bernard is a member of the Board of Governors for the State Bar of Georgia, Southern Trial Lawyers Association, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, the American Bar Association, Georgia Bar Association, Douglas County Bar Association, and National Association of College and University Attorneys. He has served in a variety of state and local civic, charitable and social organizations, where he has received recognition for his efforts on behalf of the community, region and state.
Bernard enjoys an active life as a father, husband and youth baseball coach with two Georgia Pony Baseball State titles (Mustang 2008 and Bronco 2009) and a USSSA Georgia Travel Baseball 12U (AA) State Championship (2010).