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SACS chief at Livingstone Founder’s Day
Wheelan to keynote college's anniversary
 
Published Tuesday, February 5, 2013 4:00 pm
by Laurie D. Willis, For The Charlotte Post

SALISBURY – Belle Wheelan, president of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, will be the keynote speaker at Livingstone College’s annual Founder’s Day on Thursday.


The Founder’s Day celebration commemorates the life and accomplishments of Livingstone Founder Joseph Charles Price, the college’s first president, and begins at 10 a.m. in Varick Auditorium. It is open to the public.


Wheelan, former Virginia secretary of education, is the first African-American and woman to serve as president of the organization that serves as the regional body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions in the southern states.


During more than 30 years in education, Wheelan has been a faculty member, chief student services officer, campus provost, college president and state education secretary. She has received numerous awards and recognitions, including four honorary degrees and the Distinguished Graduate Award from Trinity University and from the College of Education at the University of Texas at Austin. In 2001 she was named one of Washingtonian Magazine’s 100 Most Powerful Women in Washington, D.C.


Wheelan holds and has held membership in numerous local, state and national organizations, including Rotary International, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., the American College Testing, Inc. board of directors, the American Association of Community Colleges’ board of directors, the Lumina Foundation for Education board of directors and the President’s Round Table of the National Council on Black American Affairs.


She will join an impressive list of people who have spoken at Livingstone College’s Founder’s Day ceremony. Past speakers include former North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue and Morehouse College President John Silvanus Wilson, former executive director of the White House Initiative on HBCUs.


The initial Founder’s Day observance was held on Feb. 10, 1894, one year after Price died. He was born on Feb. 10, 1854, in Elizabeth City and graduated valedictorian in the class of 1879 from Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, completing a three-year theological course in two years.


Price served as Livingstone’s first president for 10 years, until his death. During his tenure he declined much more prestigious and lucrative positions to remain at Livingstone. His grandson, Dr. Richard W. Sherrill of Virginia Beach, Va., survives. Another grandson, Charles P. Sherrill of Salisbury, passed away last month.

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