Huntingdon News

April 25, 2013
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Huntingdon College
News Release

Huntingdon announces Commencement speakers

Montgomery, Ala.—Huntingdon College Class of 1973 alumnus Dr. Thomas Moore, chancellor of the University of South Carolina-Upstate, will present the Commencement Address during Huntingdon College Commencement Exercises for the traditional day program, and Huntingdon Trustee Lucinda Samford Cannon, president of the W. James Samford, Jr. Foundation, will present the Commencement Address for the Adult Degree Completion Program ceremony, Saturday, May 4, at 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., respectively, on the Green, Huntingdon College.  More than 130 traditional day program graduates and 85 ADCP graduates will be awarded their diplomas during their  respective ceremonies. 

Dr. Thomas Moore's 2011 appointment as chancellor of USC-Upstate was the culmination of a 30-year career in higher education, during which he served on the chemistry faculty of Georgia Southern College, Birmingham-Southern College, and Winthrop University.  At Winthrop, he chaired the Department of Chemistry and Physics, directed the Master of Liberal Arts Program, served as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and, from 2003 to 2011, led the university's academic programs as vice president for academic affairs.  He is active in higher education initiatives nationally, having served on committees for the NCAA, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and the Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs.  A Huntingdon chemistry graduate and the 2012 Alumni Achievement Award winner, Moore earned his doctorate in inorganic chemistry from the University of South Carolina and has attended professional development programs at Harvard, Yale, and Northwestern universities.  He is married to a Huntingdon alumna, the former Marsha Kirk, Class of 1974. He will speak on the topic, "Enter to Grow in What?"

Lucinda Samford Cannon, a native and lifelong resident of Opelika, Alabama, earned Bachelor of Science and Master of Education degrees from Auburn University.  After teaching, she began her business career in commercial real estate.  Cannon has served as president of the W. James Samford, Jr. Foundation since the Foundation was funded. She is a member of the Huntingdon College Board of Trustees; the boards of Southern States Bank, East Alabama Medical Center, and John Ed Mathison Leadership Ministries; the Council on Finance and Administration of the Alabama-West Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church; the Board of Visitors of Duke Divinity School; and the Southeastern Council of Foundations.  Cannon is also an active member of First United Methodist Church of Opelika, the 20 Under 40 Leadership Initiative, Charter Bank Foundation, and the Opelika Planning Commission.  She will speak on the topic, "Lessons from a Tree." 

The rain location for Commencement Exercises is Catherine Dixon Roland Student Center, Roland Arena, on the Huntingdon Campus.

Huntingdon College, grounded in the Judeo-Christian tradition of the United Methodist Church, is committed to nurturing growth in faith, wisdom, and service and to graduating individuals prepared to succeed in a rapidly changing world. Founded in 1854, Huntingdon is a coeducational liberal arts college. The College motto, "Enter to grow in wisdom; go forth to apply wisdom in service," is inscribed in stone above the front door of John Jefferson Flowers Hall.  Ranked in the top tier of regional colleges by U.S. News and World Report and consistently listed in the Princeton Review's "The Best Colleges: Region by Region," Huntingdon has for three years been recognized on the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  Washington Monthly, which ranks colleges on the basis of their contribution to the public good, places Huntingdon in the top 20% of 352 Baccalaureate colleges. 

Huntingdon's Adult Degree Completion Program is part of the Huntingdon College W. James Samford, Jr. School of Business and Professional Studies.  The program allows returning adult learners to complete their degrees by attending classes that meet just one night a week in five-week terms.  ADCP is offered in 10 Alabama locations.


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