Thursday, November 24, 2011
David Beckley honored by Wiley College
Homecoming festivities continued on the Wiley College campus as students, faculty, staff and guests celebrated and paid tribute to the alumni who helped pave the way to the institution’s success.
On Friday, the institution paid tribute to its 12th president, Dr. David L. Beckley, who served the college from 1987 to 1993, with the naming of the institution’s student records/registrar facility in his honor.
“Thank you for this honor, for naming this facility. The Beckley family is honored by the action,” said former Wiley president Dr. David L. Beckley. “I am honored to share my name with the great men of the past, all of whom made major contributions so we can arrive at this point, to celebrate the many contributions Wiley can make in the lives of young people.”
Beckley, the longest tenured senior college president in Mississippi, serves as president of Rust College in Holly Springs since 1993.
Under his leadership at Wiley College, the college improved its management, retired outstanding building bonds and federal loans, renovated campus facilities, and improved the grounds and stabilized enrollment.
In addition, the endowment fund increased, accumulated fund deficits of $1.5 million were retired, and the percentage of faculty with terminal degrees increased from 42 percent in 1987 to more than 50 percent in 1992.
“We often forget where we are at a point in time, and rest on those who served before us,” Wiley president and CEO Dr. Haywood L. Strickland said. “God smiles on us once again on a beautiful day to dedicate this outstanding building to this outstanding leader. He has been a force in our education for as long as we can remember. Throughout the years, we have formed a great friendship and a great understanding of what it means to be a servant of our college.”
The ceremony included several guest speakers who shared individual tributes to the former president, including chairman of the Wiley Board of Trustees Dr. Walton L. Sutton Jr.; City of Marshall Mayor Chris Paddie; director of student records/registrar Dr. Lalita Rogers; Wiley chairman of building and group committee trustee Richard Foppe Hodge Sr.; Student Government Association chaplain Joshua Smith; Wiley College chaplain Rev. Michelle Hall; and Wiley vice president of Student Affairs and Enrollment Services Joseph L. Morale.
“We are so excited as commissioners and representatives of the city to say we have institutions like Wiley College,” City of Marshall mayor Chris Paddie said. “We should be forever mindful of the great institutions we have at Wiley College. On behalf of the city of Marshall, I just want to extend congratulations to the entire Beckley family. Thank you for the service and commitment of the university.”
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