Deborah Blacknall featured in SC State’s weekly Executive Speaker Series, Jan. 30

Monday, January 28, 2008

The first speaker for SC State’s College of Business and Applied Professional Sciences, Executive Speaker Series will be grants administrator and SC State University assistant professor Deborah Blacknall, who will present a lecture entitled “Your Professional Image”.

The spring 2008 Executive Speaker Series will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 30.

The weekly lectures, which are open to the public, are held each Wednesday at 12 p.m. in the fourth floor auditorium of Belcher Hall. For additional information, contact Dr. Ann S. Winstead at (803) 516-4864 or Debbie Morant (803) 536-7138.

The Executive Speaker Series is a partnership between participating companies and the business program. It supports the college’s mission to provide quality management education and leadership to produce competitive graduates for a global and diverse environment.

Deborah N. Blacknall, earned a bachelor of science degree from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (NC A&T) in Clothing, Textiles, and Related Arts, and a master of education in Home Economics Education concentrating in Fashion Merchandising with additional hours in Consumerism and Higher Education Administration from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Prior to assuming the research administration position, Blacknall served as the program coordinator for the Fashion Merchandising concentration in the department of Family & Consumer Sciences at SC State from 1989-1998. Blacknall was also on the faculty at NC A&T University where she taught clothing, textiles, and fashion merchandising courses.

For five years, Blacknall was owner/operator of her own apparel design and alteration business in Wichita, Kan. She specialized in custom apparel design and hand beaded wedding gowns. Her work experience also includes a term with the Close Up Foundation in Washington, DC, where she traveled nationally and internationally establishing educational programs.


The Executive Speaker Series was implemented in the core curriculum of the School of Business in 1996 as a component of the Leadership and Professional development Program, which all business majors are required to complete. The series exposes students to various aspects of the workplace, including viewpoints of leaders who are on the cutting edge of business, industry and government.