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Founder’s Week April 22-25

April 23, 2013

Mississippi Valley State University Celebrates Founder’s Week April 22-25

“An Esteemed Past to Cherish, A Great Destiny to Be Fulfilled”

Founder’s Week 2013 at Mississippi Valley State University will bring alumni back to the Itta Bena, Miss. campus to share memories and celebrate their alma mater’s 63rd anniversary.

The Founder’s Day Convocation will be held Thursday, April 25, 11:00 a.m., in the H.G. Carpenter Auditorium. The featured speaker is Dr. Claude Grandford Perkins, MVSU alumnus and the 12th President of Virginia Union University. Dr. Perkins’ achievements include increases in enrollment, scholarships, retention and the university’s net assets. Under his leadership, Virginia Union has added new faculty and new academic programs, including two new graduate programs, a new Fine Arts program, the Center for the Study of the Urban Child and the Center for International Studies. 

Dr. Perkins’ commitment to serving the community has led to record breaking hours of student volunteer service in the Richmond metro area. Virginia Union has been honored by President Barack Obama with placement on the Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll several times during Dr. Perkins’ presidency.


Dr. Perkins earned his Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Curriculum and Supervision from The Ohio University, a Master of Arts Degree in Economics Education from Purdue University and a Bachelor of Science Degree (with Distinction) in Political Science from Mississippi Valley State University.

Highlights of the Founder’s Week Schedule include:

· Monday, April 22nd – 11:00 a.m.

Viewing of “The First” DocumentaryThe Life of Dr. James Herbert White and the Founding of Mississippi Valley State University

William W. Sutton Administration Building

Room 108

· Tuesday, April 23rd – 11:00 a.m.

Valley Pioneer Forum & Panel Discussion

“The Role of MVSU in the Mississippi Struggle for Civil Rights”

William W. Sutton Administration Building

Room 103

· Thursday, April 25th- 9:30 a.m.

Annual MVSU Grave Site Ceremony – Memorializing Founding President

Dr. and Mrs. James Herbert White

Lois Aron Chapel

Founder’s Day Convocation - 11:00 a.m.

Featuring Dr. Claude G. Perkins '64

President, Virginia Union University

H.G. Carpenter Auditorium

Valley Pioneer Founder’s Day Reception- 12:30 p.m.

Dining Hall IV

· Friday, April 26th – 11:00 a.m.

Student Panel Discussion: "Continuing the Valley Legacy"

William W. Sutton Administration Building

Room 103