SC State University to celebrate 113th Founders’ Day

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

President Anthony ParkerSC State will celebrate the 113th anniversary of its founding at its annual Founders’ Day convocation.

The Founders’ Day convocation will be held on Sunday, Feb. 22, 2009 at 4 p.m. in the Smith-Hammond-Middleton (SHM) Memorial Center. During the event, SC State will announce the distinguished alumni and 10, 20 and 30-year faculty and staff service award recipients, as well as the 2009 inductees to the Quarter Century Club and Thomas E. Miller Society.

Distinguished Alumni Awards will be presented to Carolyn Harris-Brown, ‘54 and Mr. Marvin Marshall, ‘95. Col. Isaiah E. Barnwell, Jr., will accept the Distinguished Alumni Award on behalf of the Class of 1958,

The Distinguished Service awards will be presented to Mrs. Annie Jamison on behalf of Dr. Marion Jamison, ’55, and Havert L. Feen,’50. The family of James Brown will accept his award on his behalf.

The Outstanding Accomplishments and Achievements Award will be presented to Dr. Anthony Parker, ’75 (President of Albany Technical College) and Dr. George Bradley, ’83 (President of Paine College).

The Founders’ Day keynote address will be delivered by SC State alumnus, Dr. Anthony O. Parker, president of Albany Technical College in Albany, Ga. Prior to his presidency at Albany Technical College, Parker served as vice president of Student Services at Aiken Technical College in Aiken, S.C, and Southeastern Tech in Vidalia, GA. In July of 2005 Parker also served as interim assistant commissioner of Adult Literacy for the Technical College System of Georgia in Atlanta from July 1, 2005, through April 1, 2006.

Born in Orangeburg, S.C., Parker received a bachelor of science degree in Accounting from SC State, a master of education degree in counseling and guidance from SC State, a specialist in education degree in educational administration from Augusta College and a Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina (USC). Parker completed a specialized postgraduate training program at the Harvard University Graduate School’s Institute of Educational Management. He participated in the Presidents’ Academy of the League for Innovation in the Community College and also served as a faculty member for Leadership Institutes.

Parker is a member of the Presidents’ Council of the Technical College System of Georgia. He is currently the chairperson of the Academic Improvement Committee and past chairperson of the New Connections to Work and the Certified Literate Community Program. In 2006, he was appointed by Gov. Sonny Perdue (Georgia), to serve on the Career and Technical Education Advisory Commission.

Parker is married to the former Sandra Pinkney, who is the vocational director for Lee County Schools. They are members of Mt. Zion Baptist Church and have three children, Kimberly, Andrea and Richard Anthony.

SC State’s 113th Founders’ Day Weekend also includes the following activities:

James Brown: Preserving the Legacy Exhibition Opening
I.P. Stanback Museum and Planetarium
Friday, Feb. 20, 2009 at 5:30 p.m.

The 2009 SC State Foundation Scholarship Gala and Tribute
Smith-Hammond-Middleton Memorial Center (SHM)
Saturday, Feb. 21, 2009 at 7 p.m.

The Thomas E. Miller Society Breakfast (Invitation Only)
The Robert Shaw Evans Walnut Room
Sunday, Feb. 22, 2009 at 8 a.m.

The Quarter Century Luncheon (Invitation Only)
K.W. Green Student Center (Bulldog Lounge)
Sunday, Feb. 22, 2009 at 1 p.m.

For more information on Founders’ Day activities please contact Lillian Adderson at 803-536-8807 or Deborah Blacknall at (803) 536-8450.