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​Lathi recognized on President's List

Caroline Lathi from Destin has been named to the President's List for excellence in academics at Georgia Southern University. To be eligible for the President's List, a student must have at least a 4.0 grade point average and carry a minimum of 12 hours for the semester.

Georgia Southern University, a Carnegie doctoral/research university founded in 1906, offers more than 125 degree programs serving approximately 20,500 students. ​

New CEO at The Arc

After an extensive search, The Arc of the Emerald Coast announced the hiring of a new chief executive officer. John Roper will officially assume the role on Dec. 6 upon the retirement of the current CEO, Dr. Julie McNabb.

"I am excited to be a part of the Arc of the Emerald Coast," said Roper. "It has been easy to become passionate about the Arc after looking over the services they offer to so many disabled citizens. I truly believe there is an opportunity to grow and serve many more clients in the area. My family and I are looking forward to moving and being a part of the Emerald Coast community."

Roper's career began in law enforcement where he served in different roles for 15 years. He moved on to become a field director for the State of Alabama Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board, then to executive director with the United States Green Building Council for Alabama. His most recent position has been as executive director for Lighthouse Counseling Center in Montgomery.