Savannah State University (SSU) will celebrate 119 years as an institution of higher learning during the annual Founders Day observance on Monday, Nov. 23, at 6 p.m. in Tiger Arena.
The program, which is free and open to the public, will include an address by Luetta Colvin Milledge, Ph.D., retired professor/department head of Humanities and Fine Arts at Savannah State, along with award presentations.
Milledge, who retired from Savannah State in 1991 after approximately 41 years of service, earned bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees, summa cum laude, from Fort Valley State, Atlanta University and University of Georgia, respectively.
The Savannah native is a member of several academic honor societies including Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi.
Milledge established the undergraduate chapter of Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society at Savannah State during her tenure. She has earned many citations and awards for achievement in diverse fields and for her distinguished contributions to education including the Governor’s Award in the Humanities in 1988. Following Milledge’s address, SSU President Earl G. Yarbrough Sr. will present the Richard R. Wright Award of Excellence and the Cyrus G. Wiley Distinguished Alumnus Award.
Named in honor of the first president, the Wright Award is the university’s highest honor and recognizes outstanding corporate and community leaders.
The Wiley Award, named in honor of the second president, recognizes outstanding alumni of the university.
Established in 1890, Savannah State University is on the move to become the best value-added university in the nation.
Approximately 3,800 students are enrolled in 23 undergraduate degree majors and five graduate programs in three colleges: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, Business Administration and Sciences and Technology.