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Berea College elects new trustee

Earned a B.A. from Berea College

BEREA, Ky. (Dec. 3, 2015) — Celeste Patton Armstrong was elected to the Berea College Board of Trustees at the board’s recent meeting.

Celeste Patton Armstrong
Celeste Patton Armstrong

Currently, Armstrong is the managing attorney in the Birmingham, Ala. office of Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company’s Trial Division, where she has worked for three years. Before that she spent 13 years at Allstate Insurance Company in Birmingham.

“I am truly humbled by the appointment, as it is an opportunity for me to continue to serve and give back to the very institution that gave so much to me,” Armstrong said. “My experience at Berea College was transformative and I expect the same with my continued involvement.”

Armstrong earned a B.A. degree from Berea College and a Juris Doctorate from Samford University’s Cumberland Law School in Birmingham. She was admitted to the Alabama State Bar in 1995. Other distinctions include being named a CLEO (Council on Legal Education Opportunity) Fellow by the University of Mississippi, obtaining her certification as faculty for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA) and currently serving as faculty for Nationwide. She speaks about legal education for many organizations including the National Business Institute and Cumberland Law School.

Armstrong has been an active volunteer for her alma mater. She served on Berea’s Alumni Executive Council for seven years and is a Past President. She also serves as the Organizer for Birmingham Alumnae. Her civic service includes working with Grace House Ministries as a mentor and speaker as well as table captain of its annual “Hats Off” Luncheon.

Armstrong and her husband, Kenneth, are actively involved with both the greeter ministry and a youth ministry at their church. She works with a church ministry “Recycled Blessings” and also serves as a volunteer with the annual MS (multiple sclerosis) Walk. Armstrong has two sons, Kevin and Keeton.