Voorhees celebrates Founderís Day with history-making alumnae

March 24, 2011

Voorhees College will celebrate Founder's Day on Thursday, April 7 at 10 a.m. with the first woman to serve as president of Allen University in the 141-year history of the institution.

Dr. Pamela M. Wilson, a 1994 alumnae of Voorhees College, is the 24th president of Allen University and has led Allen through an intensive period of stabilization and improved accountability.   

An experienced educator, both as an administrator and professor, Wilson has served Allen University since 2006. Prior to her appointment as president, she held positions as chairperson for the Division of Humanities and Social Science, associate vice president for Academic and Student Affairs and executive vice president.

  A native of Blair, S.C., Wilson holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Communications from Voorhees, a Master of Arts in English and American Literature from Indiana State University, and a Doctor of Philosophy in English with an emphasis in Rhetoric and Composition and a concentration in Business and Administrative Communication from The Ohio State University.   

She is the recipient of several honors and awards to include the Excellence in Teaching Award by South Carolina's Independent Colleges and Universities. She holds professional memberships in the Association for Business Communication, Modern Language Association, and National Council for Teachers of English.   

To kick off the Founder's Week celebration, there will be student tributes to Voorhees' founder Elizabeth Evelyn Wright Menafee on Sunday, April 3 at 6 p.m. in Massachusetts Hall. Additionally, Voorhees will host a research exhibit grand opening of all materials and documents surrounding the founder of the institution collected by Voorhees' archivist Richard Reid. The research exhibit grand opening will be held on Thursday, April 7 at 6 p.m. in the Elizabeth Evelyn Wright/John Foster Potts Library. 

For a complete listing of all Founder's Week activities, click here.