Betty Jean Craige

Title: Professor Emerita of Comparative Literature
Company: University of Georgia
Location: Athens, Georgia, United States

Betty Jean Craige, Professor Emerita at the University of Georgia, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Artists for dedication, achievements, and leadership as a writer of mystery novels and nonfiction.

Recognized for more than three and a half decades of invaluable contributions to the field of literature and writing, Dr. Craige earned distinction throughout the length of her tenure on behalf of the University of Georgia, where she was bestowed with the title of a professor emerita after her retirement in 2011. Having drawn inspiration from her own professors at Pomona College, she initially entered became an instructor in 1973, and remained active at the University of Georgia over the span of her career. Among her academic appointments, Dr. Craige served as a board member at the Georgia Endowment for the Humanities between 1984 and 1987, and as the president of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute in 2015 and 2016.

Following her retirement from the field, Dr. Craige has invested much of her energy into succeeding as an author of nonfiction and mystery novels. Among her more than 10 published books, she notably scribed the Witherston Murder Mysteries, a gripping series of novels that follow the investigations of Detective Mev Arroyo in the fictional town of Witherston, Georgia. Likewise, Dr. Craige has written two whimsical works about her verbose and hilarious African grey parrot, Cosmo.

Before venturing onto her vocational path, Dr. Craige sought a formal education at Pomona College, where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in 1968. She continued her academic efforts apace at the University of Washington, from which she received a Master of Arts in 1970 and a Doctor of Philosophy in 1974. To commemorate her accomplishments, Dr. Craige went on to earn such accolades as official recognitions in the independent press for her mystery novels, a Governor’s Award in the Humanities, the Albert Christ-Janer Award for the Arts and Humanities in 2003 and a University of Georgia Alumni Society Faculty Service Award in 1994, among many others.

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