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Founders’ Day to be celebrated on October 20, 2011

ROCKY MOUNT, NC:  NC Wesleyan College will celebrate the 2011 Founders’ Day on Thursday, October 20 with a special ceremony at 11 am in the Minges Auditorium of the Dunn Center on the Rocky Mount campus.  NCWC President James A. Gray, III will preside.

As part of the annual event, the college will honor Rocky Mount City Manager Charles W. Penny with the presentation of the prestigious Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award.  Penny is being recognized for his outstanding service to NC Wesleyan College and the Rocky Mount community.  Chair of the NCWC Board of Trustees Velma H. Johnson will present the award, which was established in 1926 by the New York Southern Society.

Charles W. Penny is a native of Fayetteville, North Carolina where he graduated from E. E. Smith Senior High School. He majored in Political Science with a concentration in Public Administration and earned the Bachelor of Arts Degree from NC Central University.  In 1984, Penny received the Master of Public Administration Degree from UNC-Chapel Hill.

Penny has worked in local government in North Carolina for 30 years.  In 1994, Penny and his family moved to Rocky Mount, when he was selected as Director of Planning and Development.  In 1995, he was promoted to the position of Assistant City Manager and on January 1, 2011, Penny became the Rocky Mount City Manager.

Penny has served in various positions on numerous boards of directors in Rocky Mount and at the state level, including the International City County Management Association, The Golden Leaf Foundation, the Boys and Girls Club of Nash and Edgecombe Counties, and the Board of Trustees of Elizabeth City State University.

The Sullivan Award honors the qualities exhibited by the late Algernon Syd­ney Sullivan, lawyer, scholar and orator, who was prominent in New York City social and civic activities from 1857 until his death in 1888. The characteristics of the recipients should be compassion and love for one’s fellow man and woman, adherence to Christian ideals, courteous and gentle behavior, and active participation in the college or community affairs.

The Medallion, which is part of the permanent Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award for character, was established in fifteen universities and colleges. The design, reproduced in copper, is the work of the artist, J. E. Roine.

The Honorable J. Phil Carlton will deliver the keynote address at Founders’Day.  Carlton was elected a District Court Judge for the Seventh Judicial District in NC in 1968.  In 1977, Governor Jim Hunt appointed Carlton as the first Secretary for the NC Department of Crime Control and Public Safety.  He returned to the bench in 1979, serving as judge on the NC Court of Appeals and then as an Associate Justice of the NC Supreme Court.  Carlton is a member and former chair of the NCWC Board of Trustees.

Provost Dr. Jay Stubblefield will announce the NCWC Distinguished Staff Award, which is kept secret until the actual announcement during the program.  The newest members of the Omicron Delta Kappa honor society will be tapped and 16 staff service awards for longevity will be presented.

All NCWC staff and students will attend the event, which is open to the public based on space available.