Kennedy Fine Arts Building

Pictured: The Class of 1900
Front row, left to right: M. L. Whitmire, R.R. Wright (President), O. C. Suggs, (Vice President), E. W. Bisard Back row, left to right: J.W.G. Haigler, F.A. Fields (Class Vice President), E. W. Houstoun (Class President), S. A. Grant (Class Secretary), E. McIntosh (Class Treasurer), E. A. Overstreet
Photo Source: Savannah State University Archives, Asa H Gordon Library

Founders Day

Thursday, November 14, 2019
9:30 a.m., Student Union

Each year Savannah State University takes a day to recognize those who have served the school and made its foundation stronger. The annual observance celebrates the history of the institution and those who have contributed to its success. The ceremony includes a guest speaker and the presentation of awards to members of the community.

This event is free and open to the public.  

Speaker: Robert L. Stevenson

Robert L. Stevenson, Ph.D., was a professor of speech and theatre at SSU for 38 years. He also served as the chair of the fine arts department and as acting dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences.

Richard R. Wright Excellence Award Recipient

Reverend Matthew Southall Brown Sr. has supported the Savannah community as a veteran, serving in World War II, as pastor at various churches, including 35 years as pastor of Saint John Missionary Baptist Church, and as a mentor for Savannah State’s Educational Talent Search Program and the Veterans Enrichment Educational Program.

Cyrus G. Wiley Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

Gladys Lambert ’61, a native of Savannah, Ga., enjoyed a rewarding, decades-long career as a caseworker, counselor and social worker, and has encouraged fellow alumni to actively support her alma mater.

Beatrice W. Campbell ’67, a native of Chatham County, retired in 1997 after 30 years of teaching in the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System. Presently, she advocates for the homeless and serves as a volunteer at the Social Apostolate and Inner City Night Shelter.

Lemuel Campbell ’74, a native of Savannah, Ga., retired from CSX Transportation, Inc., after 36 years of service as a train foreman and safety coordinator. He is the co-founder of the Liberty City Youth Athletic Organization where he served as athletic director and coached several sports for over three decades. Together the Campbells were honored at the 2012 MEAC basketball tournament for their support of student athletes.