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Bryndis Roberts '78 Recognized for Distinguished Service to Wesleyan College

From the moment Bryndis Roberts arrived at Wesleyan College for the Governor’s Honors Program in 1973, she knew that she had found a place that would guide her to her destiny. She also knew that she had found a second home. Bryndis, who was only sixteen years old when she entered Wesleyan in the fall of 1974, held herself to the highest academic standards while immersing herself in campus activities. She became a member of Mortar Board, Pi Gamma Mu, and was designated a Wesleyan Scholar. Her penchant for upholding the law was evident in her student days as she became Chancellor of Honor Court. In 1976, Bryndis was awarded both the Alumnae Scholarship for Leadership and the STUNT Scholarship. She emerged as a campus leader during her four years at Wesleyan, graduated with an A.B. degree magna cum laude, and has remained involved with the College since her graduation in 1978.

Following graduation, Bryndis entered the University of Georgia School of Law where she distinguished herself as the executive editor of the Georgia Law Review and was named Outstanding Woman Law Student. She earned her Juris Doctorate cum laude in 1981 and at 31 years of age, Bryndis became vice president for legal affairs at UGA with responsibilities for overseeing legal matters involving the University. Currently, Bryndis is a partner in the firm of Jenkins and Roberts LLC in College Park, Georgia.

As a young attorney, Bryndis overcame challenges and broke color barriers with sheer determination, strong faith, and an exceptional aptitude for the law and its applications. In committing herself to helping other women overcome issues that she faced as a young lawyer, she set a personal goal of becoming a mentor to Wesleyan students. An active Wesleyan volunteer, Bryndis has served as a convocation speaker, panelist, student recruiter, and career advisor. In 1984, she was a speaker for the Entrepreneurship Seminar sponsored by the D. Abbott Turner Center for Business at Wesleyan.

Anytime Wesleyan asks Bryndis for assistance, she responds. In 1993, she was the speaker for Wesleyan’s Honors Banquet and has served as a panelist in Alumnae Forums held during Alumnae Weekends. She has spoken to students during Black History Month and today she mentors through her Facebook group, Sisters of the First Five, where she provides career advice and life lessons to her Wesleyan sisters, both students and alumnae. She also served on the presidential search committee that selected Ruth Knox as Wesleyan’s 24th president.

In 1991, Bryndis was elected to Wesleyan College’s board of trustees. At that time, she was the youngest member of the board and the only minority member. She has served as vice-chair of several committees and chaired the Student Affairs Committee. As vice-chair of the board, Bryndis represented her fellow trustees at the dedication of the Peyton Anderson Amphitheater in 2003 and has been recognized as a charter member of the Society for the Twenty-first Century.

Sharing, caring, and making a difference in the lives of Wesleyan alumnae and students, ensuring Wesleyan’s future through generous volunteerism, and using her talents wisely for those whom she represents in the world of law and for her alma mater – all are hallmarks of what makes Bryndis Roberts a woman of distinction, achievement, and the recipient of the Alumnae Award for Distinguished Service to Wesleyan College, a place she has called her second home for 44 years.

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