Friday, August 10, 2007
ORANGEBURG – The faculty and staff of SC State University will convene for their annual General Assembly prior to the arrival of students on Aug. 16, 2007. The keynote address will be given by Dr. Belle S. Wheelan, president of the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Students begin returning to campus on Aug. 17.
Dr. Belle S. Wheelan is the first African American and the first woman to serve as president of the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Her career spans 32 years and includes the roles of faculty member, chief student services officer, campus provost, college president and Secretary of Education for the Commonwealth of Virginia. In several of those roles she was the first African American and/or woman to serve in those capacities.
Wheelan received her bachelor’s degree from Trinity University (Texas) with a double major in psychology and sociology; a master’s degree from Louisiana State University in developmental educational psychology; and a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in educational administration with a special concentration in community college leadership.
She has received numerous awards and recognition, including four honorary degrees; the Distinguished Graduate Award from Trinity University (2002), and from the College of Education at the University of Texas at Austin (1992); Washingtonian Magazine’s 100 Most Powerful Women in Washington, D.C. (2001); and the American Association of University Women’s “Woman of Distinction” Award (2002).
She holds and has held membership in numerous local, state and national organizations, including Rotary International; Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.; the Board of Directors of American College Testing Inc.; the Board of Directors of the American Association of Community Colleges; and the President’s Roundtable of the National Council on Black American Affairs.