Retired Clayton State University Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor of History Dr. Bradley R. Rice was a fixture within the Clayton State community for many years prior to his retirement at the end of 2003; and he still continues to teach an occasional history course during fall semesters.
Among his many accomplishments, Rice’s expertise on Georgia History reached beyond the classroom. He is the former editor of the Atlanta History magazine, published by the Atlanta History Center, and the former president of the Georgia Association of Historians. He also co-wrote (with Harvey Jackson) a definitive book on Georgia history, “Georgia, the Empire State of the South.” Thus, it’s fitting that Rice was recently awarded the Hugh McCall Award at the annual meeting of the Georgia Association of Historians in Savannah. The award is given no more than once every three years for scholarly attainment, excellence in teaching, and/or encouragement of the study of history.
Although Rice was not present to receive the award, his friend, former colleague and fellow Clayton State retiree Dr. Eugene Hatfield accepted on his behalf, and, on Friday, Apr. 22, Hatfield, along with another distinguished retired Clayton State historian, Dr. John Kohler, was able to give Rice his award in the office of Clayton State President Dr. Thomas J. “Tim” Hynes.
As Professor Emeritus of History at Clayton State, Rice’s his accolades, awards, and accomplishments indicate his continued influence on Georgia history and the students of the University. In addition to his many works and publications, Rice has also maintained a 25-year membership with the Organization of American Historians and Southern Historical Associations; another example of why he was chosen for this years’ Hugh McCall award.
His post-retirement works include conference presentations and commentaries that continue to educate about Georgia history. Rice is widowed with two adult children and six grandchildren and currently resides in Madison, Ga. He is a native of Edmond, Okla.