Mercer Receives Fifth Consecutive SoCon Barrett-Bonner Award for Academic Achievement

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MACON – Mercer University earned its fifth consecutive Barrett-Bonner Award from the Southern Conference at the conclusion of the 2019-2020 academic year.

The Barrett-Bonner Award is given to the SoCon institution that places the highest percentage of its student-athletes on the league’s academic honor roll. Mercer placed 73.5% of its student-athletes on the Southern Conference Honor Roll.

In addition to leading the SoCon in total Honor Roll selections and percentage of student-athletes on the Honor Roll, the Bears had a league-best 79 student-athletes earn the Commissioner’s Medal for posting a GPA of at least 3.8 and had a SoCon-high 33 student-athletes register 4.0 grade-point averages.

Mercer has won the award each year it has been eligible since joining the conference during the 2014-2015 academic year, and its five-year winning streak marks the longest since former SoCon member Davidson won the award six straight years from 2008-2009 to 2013-2014.

Mercer and Davidson are the only schools to win the Barrett-Bonner Award multiple times and have combined to receive the award 25 times in its 28-year existence.

First presented in 1994, the Barrett-Bonner Award is named after Col. John G. Barrett, faculty athletics representative at Virginia Military Institute from 1965-87, and Dr. Francis W. Bonner, faculty athletics representative at Furman University from 1968-90.

Kyle Sears
Kyle is the director of media relations at Mercer. In addition to being the primary media contact for most academic and administrative units of the university, he coordinates hometown and university news releases and serves as editor of the News@Mercer e-newsletter and Reach magazine.​