Sewanee: The University of the South


Ellen Goldey ‘84

Ellen Goldey is professor and chair of biology at Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Sewanee and her doctorate from Miami University. Prior to working at Wofford, Ellen was a developmental neurotoxicologist at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

John S. Penn ‘78

John Penn is the Phyllis G. and William B. Snyder Professor and Vice Chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences and the Director of the Vanderbilt Eye Research Center at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. Penn received his Ph.D. in molecular biophysics from Florida State University and underwent postdoctoral training at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX.

J. Leighton Reid ‘06

An Ecology and Biodiversity major at Sewanee, Leighton Reid is currently a graduate student in environmental studies at the University of California – Santa Cruz. A recipient of a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, his research focuses on birds, bats, and their tropical habitats in Costa Rica.

Chase Spurlock ‘09

At Sewanee, Chase combined his biology major with religious studies. He also served as the student fire chief and chaired the Honor Council. At graduation, he received the Algernon Sydney Sullivan award for character. Chase is now pursuing research and medical career opportunities at Vanderbilt University.

Jacqueline Tate ‘99

After graduating from Sewanee, Jackie obtained a Master of Science in Public Health from Emory University and a Ph.D. in Epidemiology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is currently an epidemiologist in the Division of Viral Diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Alum Sierra Hayes (Biology C’10) joins City Year, inspiring youth

Sierra Hayes, Class of 2010 Biology major, has recently joined City Year close to her home town in southeast Washington, DC serving as a corps member on the Case Foundation Team at Simon Elementary School.

Sewanee: The University of the South