Alumnae Bulletin Fall 2008

A Liberal Arts Success Story

From English major to District Attorney, Ashley Wright '89 has made the most of her education

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(Left) Ashley Wright '89 was sworn in as the District Attorney for the Augusta Circuit by Georgia Governor Sonny Purdue in May 2008. Ashley's brother, Bobby Wright, (center)held her Bible during the ceremony held in the Senate Chambers at the Georgia capitol.

“Ultimately it is the disciplines from my liberal arts education that make it a lot easier to put together the facets of a case in a cohesive unit.”

—Ashley Wright ’89

Ashley Wright ’89, like the other alumnae featured here and the scores of other graduates of the College, is the epitome of a liberal arts success story.

An English major at R-MWC, she was supported by personal relationships with English Professors Bill Coulter and Carolyn Wilkerson Bell ’65. She thought of law school during her time at R-MWC, but decided to work for a while and plan her next goal. Ever a student, she continued to learn, and earned credits toward a master’s degree in English and began a master’s degree in education before pursuing law.

After finishing her law degree, Ashley spent more than a decade as an attorney, working with children who were victims of abuse or neglect.

In May 2008, she was appointed District Attorney for the Augusta, Georgia Circuit and now prosecutes a wide range of criminal cases. She modestly characterizes herself as, “one who could put long-term goals together.”

The experiences she had at the College helped her form her future.

“I tell prospective students to find a school, as I did, that allows you to focus on your strengths and improve your weaknesses,” Ashley says. “Ultimately it is the disciplines from my liberal arts education that make it a lot easier to put together the facets of a case in a cohesive unit.”