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Benedict College President
to be the Keynote Speaker at MLK Day Celebration

January 11, 2008

Columbia, SC--January 11, 2008--Dr. David H. Swinton, 13th president of Benedict College, will be the keynote speaker for Fort Jackson's Annual Celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Dr. Swinton will deliver his remarks at the luncheon celebration at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, January 23, 2008 at the Fort Jackson NCO Club located in Fort Jackson in Columbia, SC.

The theme for this year's celebration is, "Remember! Celebrate! Act! A Day On...Not a Day Off."

The public is invited to take part in the celebration of the civil rights leader's life and accomplishments. The cost of the tickets is $9.00 per person and must be purchased in advance.  For ticket information, please contact SFC Timothy B. Gladders at (803) 751-4117.

A native of South Carolina, Dr. Swinton received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from New York University in 1968; he was awarded a Master of Arts degree in Economics from Harvard University in 1971; and in 1975 Harvard University awarded him a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Economics.

Dr. Swinton is recognized for his academic achievements, his intellectual excellence, and his devotion to higher education. Dr. Swinton's professional experience includes seven-year tenure as Dean of the School of Business at Jackson State University where he led the successful effort to gain AACSB accreditation for the Business School. Prior to his appointment at Jackson State, he was Director of the Southern Center of Studies in Public Policy and Professor of Economics at Clark College in Atlanta, Georgia.

Dr. Swinton is renowned for his scholarly writings; most notably his analysis of the economic status of African Americans, which has been published in the National Urban League's The State of Black America. His works have also been published in such professional journals as the American Economics Review, The Review of Black Political Economy, Minority Youth Employment, Public Administration Review, Journal of Urban Analysis, and Business and Society. In 2005, Dr. Swinton's received the Samuel Z. Westerfield Award by the National Economic Association of African American Economist.  The award is presented to African-American economists who have an outstanding record in the economics profession, institutional leadership and service to the community. In 2007, Dr. Swinton was inducted into the South Carolina Black Hall of Fame.

In 1998, Dr. Swinton became the first African American Chairman of the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce Board in the organization's 92-year history.  In 1999, Dr. Swinton helped organize a group of 50 investors to create South Carolina Community Bank, to preserve the only minority-owned bank in South Carolina. Dr. Swinton has served as Economic Advisor to the National Urban League since 1980, and has been a member of Black Enterprise Magazine's Board of Economists since 1990.  His honors and awards include Phi Beta Kappa, Coat of Arms Society, and Honors in Economics from New York University, Ford Foundation Fellow, Graduate Prize Fellowship from Harvard, the Order of the Palmetto, and an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters for the University of Bridgeport. Recently, he received the Luther Wesley Smith Award for distinguished service in strengthening college or seminary programs.

Dr. Swinton is married to the former Patricia Lewis. They are proud parents of six children and grandparents of seven grandchildren.

Kymm Hunter, Communications and Marketing Director; 803.705.4519
Carolyn Wigfall, Communications and Marketing Manager; 803.705.4366

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