Cooper Named 2018 Distinguished Alumnus For Lee's BSS Department

Thursday, November 8, 2018 - by Collette Bliss, Lee University
Dr. David Cooper receiving the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences Distinguished Alum award from Dr. Jeffrey Sargent at the department breakfast during Homecoming weekend
Dr. David Cooper receiving the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences Distinguished Alum award from Dr. Jeffrey Sargent at the department breakfast during Homecoming weekend

Dr. David Cooper was awarded the 2018 Distinguished Alumnus Award for Lee University’s Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences at a department breakfast during Homecoming. 

“Since his graduation from Lee, David Cooper has been advancing the behavioral and social sciences in his profession and vocation,” said Dr. Jeffrey Sargent, chair of the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences. 

A featured speaker for various businesses, conferences, and churches, Dr. Cooper serves as lead pastor of Mount Paran Church of God in Atlanta, Georgia. His messages are featured on the radio show “Discover Life”, and on Streaming Faith, a website which streams Christian teachings. He has authored more than 10 books, including “Unfinished Business” and his newest book, “I’m Spiritual Not Religious.”

Dr. Cooper is also lead guitarist and singer/songwriter with the band Open Door, performing music for churches and community events. He has released a solo album of guitar instrumentals, titled “Flying Solo.” 

In addition to pastoring, speaking, and playing guitar, Dr. Cooper is a licensed professional counselor in the state of Georgia and a member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. He is also an adjunct professor at Richmont Graduate University. 

“Cooper has excelled in applying the knowledge and methods that he learned in psychology at Lee College, and he has incorporated this knowledge into his vocation,” said Dr. Sargent. 


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