MEDIA ADVISORY: Educational Leadership Hall of Fame to induct 2 new members on Sept. 12

Posted: Thursday, 06 September 2007

MONTGOMERY—Larry Newton and Ed Richardson will be inducted into the Alabama Educational Leadership Hall of Fame in a ceremony scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 12, beginning at 10 a.m. in the Old Archives Room of the Alabama State Capitol.

Scheduled to speak at the ceremony are the inductees; Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor of Troy University; Dr. Lance Tatum, Dean of the College of Education at Troy University, who will make brief welcoming remarks and serve as master of ceremonies; Dr. James Kimbrough, former Dean of the College of Education at Troy University, who will deliver the invocation; Dr. Faron Hollinger, Superintendent for Baldwin County Schools, who will present Dr. Newton for induction, and Dr. Joe Morton, Superintendent of Education, who will present Dr. Richardson for induction.

News media covering the event are asked to be in place no later than 9:50 a.m. The ceremony is expected to last from 30 to 45 minutes. A reception to honor the inductees will be held following the ceremony.

ABOUT DR. J. LARRY NEWTON

A native of Butler County, Dr. Newton served as superintendent of Baldwin County Schools from 1985-98. He received his undergraduate degree from Troy University, his master’s degree from Auburn University and AA certification from the University of Alabama. He was awarded an honorary doctorate in 1994 by the University of Mobile. His teaching, coaching and administrative career began at Jordan Vocational High School in Columbus, GA and included service at Davidson and Vigor high schools in Mobile County. He served as deputy superintendent of the Mobile County School System from 1976-85.

ABOUT DR. ED RICHARDSON

Dr. Richardson served as interim President of Auburn University from 2004-2007. He was State Superintendent of Education from 1995 until 2004 and superintendent of the Auburn School System from 1982 until 1995. Dr. Richardson began his career in education as a teacher in the Montgomery School System in 1964, and was principal of Cloverdale School in Montgomery and Andalusia High School. Dr. Richardson earned his bachelor of science education at Auburn University in 1962, his master of educational administration from Auburn in 1967 and his doctorate in education from Auburn in 1972.

ABOUT THE ALABAMA EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP HALL OF FAME

The Alabama Educational Leadership Hall of Fame was established on July 1, 1982, by the Troy University Board of Trustees under the authority of the Legislature of the State of Alabama. Its purpose is to recognize by cooperative effort of Troy University, the Alabama Association of School Boards, and the Council for Leaders in Alabama Schools outstanding leaders and to establish and maintain a Hall of Fame to permanently record their achievements.

Individuals throughout Alabama are nominated for selection into the Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame Screening Committee, composed of 10 members representing various entities, reviews the nomination forms for the persons nominated and identifies those who will be presented to the Governing Board for final selection. The Governing Board is composed of the Troy University Chancellor, the Executive Director of the Alabama Association of School Boards, the Executive Director of the Council for Leaders in Alabama Schools, the State Superintendent of Education and the Dean of the College of Education at Troy University.

The first Hall of Fame induction ceremony was held on April 26, 1984. A total of 33 individuals have been inducted into the Hall of Fame. Each inductee receives a Certificate of Induction into the Alabama Educational Leadership Hall of Fame during an induction ceremony. In addition, a portrait of each inductee is placed in the Hall of Fame located in the College of Education on the Troy University Campus.