Honors Graduates at Winter Commencement
Approximately 75 Anderson University
students received diplomas during winter commencement exercises Wednesday. In
addition, Sheila Day, AU’s first graduate to have completed all her courses
online, received her degree in Criminal Justice.
Dr. Wayne V. Cox,
AU English Professor and Faculty Chair, delivered the commencement address. Dr.
Cox is a published poet whose works have been crucially acclaimed. He has
published his own anthology of poetry, The Things We Leave Behind, and has translated into English the poetry
of Spanish poet Miguel Marti I Pol. Dr. Cox is a native of Maine and he
traveled to South Carolina to attend graduate school at the University of South
Carolina where he studied under acclaimed writer James Dickey, author of Deliverance. Dr. Cox is also a Fullbright Scholar.
Cox challenged the
graduates to continue to broaden themselves beyond their specific disciplines
in order to be able to adjust more readily to the rapidly changing world around
commencement, Richard H. Franklin, a ’63 graduate, was named this year’s
recipient of the AU Alumni Achievement Award, an honor presented to an alumnus
in recognition of his/her significant achievement in his/her profession or
career. From his days as a student at AU, Dick has shown a propensity for
leadership and excellence. He served as president of his freshman and sophomore
classes as well as president of the Student Government Association. He was also
a member of the Columns staff and was recognized as a member of the Denmark
Society upon his graduation in 1963.
After Anderson, he
received his bachelor’s degree in history from Furman University and his master
of divinity degree from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He spent most of
the next ten years as a minister to youth at churches in Louisville, Ky., and
Atlanta, Ga., before returning to Anderson to serve as vice president and dean
for student development from 1974-1988. He would later serve at Gardner-Webb
College and finally complete his years of service to the field of higher
education at Samford University in Birmingham, Ala. At Samford, Dr. Franklin
instituted several innovative programs for students, including a new code of
student behavioral expectations and a four year program of student leadership
education and development. In recognition of his service, Samford University
established the Richard H. Franklin Servant Leader Scholarship upon his retirement
in spring 2009.
Dick has held
leadership positions in many organizations during his career. He served as
president of the Southern Association for College Student Affairs (SACSA) in
2004, in addition to many roles for that organization over the years. He is a
past president of the Administrative Management Society, Anderson (SC) Chapter;
past president of the South Carolina College Personnel Association; past
program chair for the Association for Student Development in Southern Baptist
Colleges and Universities; and chairmen of many civic and church committees.
Todd Price, a 2005
graduate from the evening adult program, was named the first recipient of the
AU ACCEL Alumni Achievement Award, an honor presented to an ACCEL alumnus in
recognition of his/her significant achievement in his/her profession or career.
In 2005 Todd completed his bachelor’s in business administration summa cum
laude from AU. He went on to earn his master’s in management from Southern
Wesleyan University in 2007. At the time of his studies at AU, Todd was already
a financial advisor with Edward Jones Investments; he continues his service
with them today. He is currently regional leader for north-central and western
South Carolina, advising 400 Anderson families and overseeing 70 financial
advisors as well as the growth, health, and leadership development in the
Upstate market. In late 2006 Todd was named a principal with the firm’s holding
company, the Jones Financial Companies L.L.L.P., one of only 34 individuals
chosen that year from more than 33,000 associates to join the firm’s 301
In addition, the
community of Anderson also benefits from Todd’s leadership abilities. He is an
active member at NewSpring Church and serves on the Alumni Board for Southern
Wesleyan University. He has served as president and board chair of the Anderson
Sertoma Club and as a board member of the Anderson Christian Business Men’s
Committee, YMCA, Anderson Interfaith Ministries, and Haven of Rest. Todd was a
volunteer for several years for the “A-Day for Anderson University” community
campaign and has been a volunteer for Meals on Wheels and Anderson School
District Five’s Legacy Mentor program.
commencement was the first Anderson University graduation ceremony to feature a
new school song, “The Sounds of Anderson,” recently penned by legendary
musician and songwriter Johnny Mann, who has become an ardent Anderson
supporter since retiring to the community a few years ago.
University is a comprehensive university affiliated with the South Carolina
Baptist Convention offering bachelors and masters degrees. Anderson is ranked
in the Top Tier (top 25) of colleges and universities in the South, and one of “77 Schools
to Watch in America,”
by U. S. News & World Report.
Anderson has also been named one of “Americas 100 Best College Buys,”
Located in The Upstate region of South Carolina near the foothills of the
Appalachians, Anderson University features a rigorous education in a supportive