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Wednesday, December 08, 2010
Nicola Lawler
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Talladega, Alabama—Dr. Billy C. Hawkins, President of Talladega College, earned another honor this week in Louisville, Kentucky. Dr. Hawkins was selected to be a board member of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) which is the accreditation governing board of southern colleges and universities in the U.S. that award associate and baccalaureate degrees.

The selection came about during the 115th SACS annual meeting in Louisville, Kentucky which was held on December 4-7, 2010. Dr. Hawkins states, “It is an honor to be chosen as a decision maker for such an integral board on higher education. And also, it’s an honor to be recognized by your peers for your work and contributions.” Dr. Hawkins was elected by over 4,000 SACS members who were in attendance at the conference.

His duties will include guiding the organization’s work, interpreting the commission policy and procedures, and executing the certification process. Dr. Hawkins previously served as the president of Texas College in Tyler, Texas from 2000 until his inauguration at TC in 2008. Dr. Hawkins has more than 34 years of academic experience in both administrative and instructional positions. Prior institutions he has served include: Mississippi Valley State University, Morrisville Technical College, Ferris State University, and Saint Paul’s College. Dr. Hawkins has successfully undergone two accreditations: first at Texas College, and then under his administration, Talladega College received reaccreditation in 2009. “Our legacy here continues and I am proud to be a part of our tradition of educational excellence,” remarks Dr. Hawkins.

Talladega College, has been in existence for more than 140 years and is Alabama's oldest historically black private college and among the oldest liberal arts colleges in the nation. Located in the historic district of the city of Talladega, Alabama, the college offers a range of degrees in four divisions: Business and Administration, Humanities and Fine Arts, Natural Sciences and Mathematics, and Social Sciences and Education.
Talladega College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) to award associate and baccalaureate degrees; and the school holds several institutional memberships. For more information visit www.talladega.edu

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The history of Talladega College began on November 20, 1865, when two former slaves William Savery and Thomas Tarrant, both of Talladega, met in convention with a group of new freedmen in Mobile, Alabama.

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