Upchurch to speak for Huntingdon's Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation
Montgomery, Ala.—The annual
Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation at Huntingdon
College will feature a convocation address by College trustee W. Kendrick Upchurch III, Wednesday, January 22, at 7:00 p.m. in
Ligon Chapel, Flowers Hall. The event will include performances
by the Huntingdon Men's Gospel Trio. The convocation is free
and open to the public.
A lifelong resident of Montgomery, Upchurch is the chairman and CEO of
W.K. Upchurch Construction, a third generation company that specializes
in commercial and high-end custom residential construction throughout
the Southeast. W.K. Upchurch Construction Company, founded in 1930, is
one of Alabama's oldest continuously family-owned and operated construction companies.
Upchurch is also the managing principal of TCU Consulting Services, a
locally-owned construction consulting firm specializing in program
management and owner representation services.
Among his long list of community involvements, Upchurch serves as
chairman of the board of trustees for Jackson Hospital; founding member
and past president of the Montgomery Education Foundation board; board
member of the A+ Foundation and the Montgomery Metro YMCA; past
chairman and present member of the boards for Huntingdon College, the
Montgomery Academy, Alabama Associated General Contractors (for which he
serves as legislative chairman); and a member of National Associated
General Contractors. He has participated in Leadership Montgomery (Class
1); Leadership Alabama (Class 9); Partners in Education; and on the
boards for the Montgomery Planning Commission, the Montgomery Area Red
Cross, First United Methodist Church-Montgomery Administrative Board,
Montgomery Architectural Review Board, Landmarks Foundation, and the
Central Alabama Community Foundation. Upchurch was named the Montgomery
Advertiser's Citizen of the Year in 2002 and YMCA Man of the Year in
The Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation is an annual event at
Huntingdon, in which Dr. King's life, legacy, and lessons are
remembered. Monday, January 20, there will be no classes
on campus in observance of the national holiday. There will be four public service locations during the week for which students will be encouraged to serve. Tuesday, January 21, is the first day of Huntingdon's spring term.
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
contributions to the public good, places Huntingdon in the top
20% of 352 baccalaureate colleges.