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ELIZABETH CITY, N. C, APRIL 25, 1969
A SYMBOL OF SUCCESS
Dr. Marion Dennis Thorpe, upon accepting the symbols of of
fice as the Sixth President of Elizabeth City State College, brings
with him an impressive background of training and experiences
which will be an asset to the future of this college and community.
Despite obstacles, barriers, and shortcomings. Dr. Thorpe now be
comes, not only Our President, but a living symbol of success to
all who strive to be. At thirty-six, the ndtive of Durham, North
Carolina also, becomes one of the nation’s youngest presidents of
a four-year college. That’s success in itself. ADMINISTRATIVE
Elementary, Junior High and High School
Durham, North Carolina.
Graduated from Hillside High School in June,
Enrolled at North Carolina College in Sep
Member of the U. S. Air Force Band (Military
Drum Major) from June, 1952 to June, 1956.
Re-enrolled at North Carolina College in
June, 1956, concentrating in Psychology and
Graduated Cum laude in June, 1958, receiv
ing both the B. A. and M. A. degrees in Psy
Enrolled at Michigan State University in Sep
tember, 1958. Graduated with the Ph. D. de
gree in Administrative and Educational Ser
vices ( emphasis on educational and counsel
ing psychology) in June, 1961.
Post Graduate Study at the U. S. Merchant
Marine Academy, Executive Seminar Center,
U. S. Civil Service Commission, Kings Point,
New York, Skills and Goals of Management,
October 11, 1965 through October 22, 1965.
North Carolina Civil Defense Agency, Shel
ter Management, November, 1963.
U. S. Department of Defense Staff College,
Battle Creek, Michigan, March, 1963, Shel
ter Management Instructor.
Graduate Assistant, Foundations
of Education, Michigan State
University, September, 1959 to
Graduate Assistant, NDEA, Mich
igan State University, June, I960
to September, I960.
Assistant Instructor, Educational
Psychology, Michigan State Uni
versity, September, I960 to June,
Assistant Professor and Asso
ciate Professor, Psychology,
June, 1961 to April, 1965. (This
includes the range of courses,
graduate and undergraduate, in
psychology, such as personality,
measurement and evaluation, re
search, statistics, experimental,
Dr. Marion D. Thorpe, President of Elizabeth City State College
MEMBERSHIP IN CIVIC,
AND OTHER ORGANIZATIONS
Chairman, Interim Committee on Psychology,
North Carolina College, September, 1961 to
Dean of Students, North Carolina College,
September, 1962 to April, 1965.
Assistant Director, Neighborhood Youth
Corps, Field Operations, U. S. Department
of Labor, April, 1965 to December, 1965.
Director, Field Operations, Neighborhood
Youth Corps, U. S. Department of Labor,
December, 1965 to September, 1966.
Leader, Job Development Task Force, U. S.
Department of Labor, January, 1966.
Manpower Development Officer, (Special As
signment to help eliminate poverty in the
State of Mississippi) U. S. Department of La
bor, February, 1966.
Assistant Director, North Carolina Board of
Higher Education, September, 1966 to Sep
Vice-President, Central State University,
Wilberforce, Ohio, September, 1967 (Profes
President, Elizabeth City State College,
Elizabeth City, North Carolina, July 1, 1968.
Veterans Administration Train-
eeship in Psychology, 1958.
Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society,
Magna Cum laude, 1958
Psi Chi National Psychology
Honorary Society, 1962.
Durham Community Planning
Council-Durham, North Carolina,
Action for Durham Development
Committee-Durham, North Caro
Operation Breakthrough, Board of
Trustee, White Rock Baptist
Church, Durham, North Carolina,
Durham Committee on Negro Af
fairs, Durham, North Carolina,
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity-Na
A founder and member of Opera
Member, Board of Directprs-Man-
power Development and Training
Project, Wilberforce, Ohio, 1967.
Member, Appalachian Regional
Student Internship Program.
U. S. office of Education
Education Associates, Inc.-Of
fice of Economic Opportunity.
Various programs under the Econ
omic Opportunity Atft.
Southern Regional Education
North Carolina Fund, Inc.
White House Fellows, invited to
participate in the regional finals,’
Honorary Member, Officers’ Club,
U. S. Merchant Marine Academy,
Honorary Member, South Bend,
Indiana, Training for Employment
Honorary General, State of West
Honorary Citizen, Hazard, Ken
"Today’s Outstanding North Car
olina Citizen” Greenville, N. C.,
March 1, 1968.