Thursday, December 14, 2006

Speaker:        Dr. Wesley Cornelious McClure, the Ninth President of Lane College

When:             9 a.m., Saturday, December 9, 2006

Where:            Benjamin E. Mays Human Resources Center (arena on campus)

A distinguished mathematician, educational analyst, and speaker, Dr. Wesley Cornelious McClure delivered the keynote address (above) at Benedict College's 2006 Winter Commencement Ceremony. During the commencement exercises, McClure addressed 116 graduating seniors.

A native of Jackson, Tennessee, Dr. McClure graduated as Valedictorian from Merry High School in 1960. He received his Bachelor's degree in Mathematics, with Honors, from Lane College in 1964. He continued his education at the University of Virginia and received the Master's and Doctorate in Mathematics and Educational Research in 1968 and 1970, respectively. He also attended the Institute for Educational Management of Harvard University, where he received a Diploma (1971).

Before assuming the presidency of Lane College, Dr. McClure gained a wealth of administrative experience through service in a wide range of executive leadership positions in higher education: President, Virginia State University, 1988-92; Chancellor of Southern University in Baton Rouge, 1985-88; and Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs from 1981-1985; Executive Assistant to the President at St. Augustine's College, 1979-81; Dean of Faculty and Instruction at Clark College, 1978-79; and Assistant to the President and Title III Coordinator at Lane College, 1970-78.

Dr. McClure volunteers his skills, talents and experience to advancing civic, community, social and educational causes. He has made significant presentations before Congressional committees, to the United States Department of Education, and to a variety of prestigious professional organizations. His board memberships include: Executive Committee, Tennessee Independent Colleges and Universities (TICU); Commission on Public Affairs, National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU); Chairman, National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO); Commission on Governmental Relations, American Council on Education (ACE); Barksdale Theater; NationsBank Funding Corporation; Population Reference Bureau; and the Drug Awareness Network of the United States Department of Education. Other significant memberships include: Holland Scholarship Advisory Committee, University of Virginia; International Association of University Presidents; Council of Chairman Corps of the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools; Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated; National Technical Association; American Association of University Professors (AAUP); National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM); Association for Institutional Research (AIR); and the American Educational Research Association (AERA). Significant presentations made and recent honors include: BEEP of the National Urban League; Congress, National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges: Conference on the Black Male; Conference on the Black Family; National Title III Workshop; National Black Caucus of State Legislators; and Chairman's Corps (SACS).


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