Savannah State University (SSU) professor emerita and former acting president Annette K. Brock, Ph.D., will be the guest speaker at the university’s Annual Founders Day Observance at 10 a.m., Friday, Nov. 18, at Tiger Arena. Portraits of past SSU presidents will be unveiled following the ceremony.
A native Savannahian and graduate of Beach High School, Brock earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Savannah State in 1962 and taught in the Savannah- Chatham County public school system for eight years before joining the faculty at SSU.
She held a variety of positions during her 33-year career at Savannah State, including chair of the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, acting president from 1991-93 and vice president of Institutional Advancement from 1997-2004.
Brock earned a master’s degree in education from Duke University and a doctorate from the University of South Carolina, and completed additional post-graduate work at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill; Harvard University; and Purdue University/Indiana University Indianapolis.
She has presented papers at numerous conferences, participated on several scholarly panels and was curator of the “Blacks and the Constitution: the First Hundred Years” exhibit that opened at the Georgia State Capitol in 1987. She received the Governor’s Award in the Humanities in 1996.
An active participant in world affairs, Brock was a founding member of the Savannah Council on World Affairs and is a former twoterm chair of the Savannah Chapter of the American Red Cross.
She has served on several local boards, including the Georgia Council for Humanities; Hospice Savannah Foundation; Board of Savannah Hospice; Georgia Historical Records Advisory Board; Savannah Music Festival; and the Savannah Chamber of Commerce. Brock is currently chairwoman of the board for the King-Tisdell Cottage Foundation, for which she has worked since its founding in 1981.
Established in 1890, Savannah State University is on the move to become the best value-added university in the nation.
The university’s 4,500 students are enrolled in 25 undergraduate and five graduate programs in three colleges: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, Business Administration and Sciences and Technology.