LaVerne Worthy, Ph.D., professor of psychology at Georgia Southwestern State University (GSW), is the 2013 recipient of the Professor of the Year Award voted on by the class of 2012. The honor was presented to her at Spring Commencement on May 4 in the Student Success Center.
Sponsored by the GSW National Alumni Association, the award covers the faculty member's quality of classroom teaching and performance, dedication to the profession and his or her impact on students through the teaching and learning process.
Spending most of her time in the classroom, Worthy makes room in her schedule to serve others, as well. While serving on the fundraising committee for Southwest Georgia CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate), Worthy helped raise nearly $1,000,000 in grant funds and private donations from 2001 to 2008. As a result, she was the 2010 GSW Featured Public Servant Award recipient.
A native of Parkwood, Ala., Worthy joined the GSW faculty in August 1999. She earned an Associates of Science from Andrew College, a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from GSW, and a Master of Science and Ph.D. in Psychology from Auburn University. Worthy resides in Desoto.