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The Chowanian. volume (Murfreesboro, N.C.) 1923-1989, February 01, 1982, Image 1

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Gift presented In recognizing his 25 years of service to the college. Dr. Whitaker was presented a silver tea service at the conclusion of the Anniversary Convocation. Shown with the president, from left, is Gary Whitaker, Mrs. Esther Whitaker. To Dr. Whitaker's right Is Barry Whitaker, and the Rev. J. Felix Arnold, chairman of the Board of Trustees. February, 1982 (Ultmiraniatt Whitaker cited for 25 years as President By DEBBIE MESSINA — Virglnian-PUot Staff Writer Dressed in black ceremonial cap and gown, Dr. Bruce E. Whitaker stood behind the lecturn, looked around the spacious Chowan College gymnasium and said, “In true Chowan tradition, it’s been done up right.” The gymnasium floor had a blue- and-white covering, the podium was adorned with flowers, the faculty and distinguished guests marched about with black caps and gowns, and the Chowan College Choir sang out Christian spirituals. All this pomp and circumstance took place Feb. 22 in honor of ^^taker’s 25th year as Chowan College presi dent. “I want to express my genuine appreciation and sincere gratitude to everyone here today,” Whitaker said. About 2,500 students and area residents filled the gym nasium to honor the man who con- Cuts in aid concern Board Chowan College ^trustees were told the college is headed toward operating in the black for the 24th straight year during their semi annual meeting Feb. 22 in the of fice of President Bruce E. Whitaker. Dr. Whitaker expressed the im portance of a successful Annual Giving program to enable the col lege to meintain its long record of fiscal soundness. Concern Over Cuts At the same time, Dr. Whitaker expressed concern over the pro posed cuts in federal student finan cial assistance in the 1982-83 budget recommended by President Reagan’s administration. He said that if the budget is adopted by Congress, both private and state supported colleges can expect a drop in the number of students who will be able to afford a higher education. He said that while he supports cutbacks in the budget across the board, he feels that the reduction in student financial aid is too “severe and out of proportion to other budget item reductions.” He said the projected budget calls for a 50 percent reduction in federal student aid funds for the fall of 1983 compared to the fall of 1980. Enrollment Drop Possible “If the proposed budget is adopted, Chowan will be affected adversely,” he noted. “It’s possi ble that Chowan could have 100-200 fewer students in 1982-83.” He asked the trustees to caU the White House to express their opi nion for the continuing resolution level of funding for 1982-83. He said a phone number had been established for that purpose and that the number is 1-202456-7639. Trustees elected J. Guy Revelle, Jr. of Murfreesboro as chairman and Miss Emma Gay Stephenson of Durham as vice chairman. Ran dy Britton of Ahoskie was elected the Executive Conmiittee chair man. New Facility Planned Bobby Cross, director of development, reported the college is preparing to build a new graphic communications facility. He said the present building is inadequate and does not have enough space to meet the needs of the students. Cross said the new building will have 18,000 square feet and be located behind Camp Hall on Union St. He said the projected cost is in excess of $500,000. Trustees thanked Dr. Whitaker for his 25 years of leadership as Chowan’s president. With their spouses, they attended a special convocation in Whitaker’s honor held earlier in the day in the Helms Center. New Members Welcomed were new trustees: James L. Briley of Henderson; Mrs. Frances Farthing, Durham; J.E. Ferebee, Camden; Sen. J.J. Harrington, Lewiston; Mike H. Johnson, Hamilton; Thomas W. McCrary, Raleigh; the Rev. Ben nie Pledger, Colerain; Charles L. Revelle, Sr., Murfreesboro; and Mrs. Henry Stokes, Winston- Salem. Trustees who have completed their four-year terms of service received certificates of apprecia tion. They include: Mrs. Kate M. Allen, Weldon; the Rev. J. Felix Arnold, Enfield; Norman S. Beeks, Greensboro; L.M. Brinkley, Ahoskie; James H. Ferebee, Shawboro; Alvis Poe Fleming, Lit tleton; Bob F. Hill, Sr., Mur freesboro; Mrs. Ethel K. Smith, Benson; and Jennings B. Teal, Tarboro. President's response . . EDITOR’S NOTE — These remarks were made by Dr. Bruce E. Whitaker, during the Anniversary Convocation which honored the president for his 25 years of service to the college. I am grateful for the motiva tion wfiich prompted this Con vocation, Anniversary for Mrs. Whitaker and me. Of course, I am aware of the fact that many, many people have had a hand in the preparations for this event, steered by a committee co-chaired by trustee J. Guy Revelle, Jr. and Dr. B. Franklin Lowe, Jr., Dean of the College. From where I sit, it would appear that, in true Chowan tradition, it has been “done up right!” I deeply appreciate the' presence of all in attendance. We are delighted to have you here. During my tenure of office, there have been numerous causes/sources/ for satisfac tion on my part: —Continued on Next Page tributed so much to the two-year Baptist college’s progress. The featured speaker at the con vocation was Robert Mullinax, the executive secretary of the Council on Christian Higher Education of the North Carolina Baptist State Convention. Mullinax noted the changes at Chowan College since Whitaker became president in 1957. ‘Dr. Whitaker has brought Chowan Col lege from a school with regional in fluence to national recognition. Chowan College is one of the strongest and best two-year in stitutions in the nation,” Mullinax said. During Whitaker’s 25 years with the college, enrollment has in creased from 293 students to more than 1,100, and total assets have grown from $750,000 to more than $18 million. “You have dreamed worthy dreams and labored to make them come true,” Mullinax said, “Thank you for your dreams and toils at Chowan College.” Mullinax also cited Whitaker’s many positions on state; regional and national educational and civic organizations. “He has generously given his time to these organiza tions while giving steady leader ship to the college,” Mullinax said. Other speakers at the convoca tion included Frank Campbell, the president of the North Carolina Baptist State Convention; Peggy Chestnutt, the president of the Council on Christian Higher Education of the Baptist State Con other speakers at the convoca tion included Frank Campbell, the president of the North Carolina Baptist State Convention; Peggy Chestnutt, the president of the Council on Christian Higher Education of the Baptist State Con vention; the Rev. Patrick Neal of Bacon’s Castle, Va., the president of the Chowan College Alumni Association; B. Franklin Lowe Jr., —Continued on Next Page The Chowanian, February, 1982—Page 1

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