Huntingdon News

January 14, 2014
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Huntingdon College
News Release

Upchurch to speak for Huntingdon's Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation

Men's Gospel Trio 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 2006.

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.
 
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 contributions to the public good, places Huntingdon in the top 20% of 352 baccalaureate colleges.

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