North Carolina Wesleyan College invites the Rocky Mount community to join students, faculty, and staff to celebrate the establishment of the college at a Founders Day ceremony on Thursday, October 24, at 11:00 a.m. in Minges Auditorium of the Dunn Center.
This year’s event will be a special tribute to the late Guy and Alice Barnes, long-time supporters of Wesleyan who were among the founders of the college in 1956. A Founders Day medal in their honor will be presented to their son, Wesleyan trustee and Rocky Mount business leader Marion Barnes.
Longevity awards will be presented to faculty and staff for landmark years of service. Also the Algernon Sydney Sullivan award will be presented to a member of the community whose life illustrates the admirable qualities exhibited by Sullivan, a lawyer, scholar, and orator prominent in New York City social and civic activities from 1857 until his death in 1888.
Guest speaker will be Lt. Col. Judith K. Boyd, a 1993 Wesleyan graduate and Board of Trustees member, whose many notable achievements include an illustrious military and government career.
Boyd currently works with the Department of Homeland Security’s Citizenship and Immigration Service as the Northeast Region Privacy Officer. Also she serves as Judge Advocate in the Department of the Army Reserves in Gaithersburg, Maryland.
Boyd joined the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) after completing a one-year deployment in support of the U.S. European Command in Stuttgart, Germany. Previously she served as Chief Counsel for the Minority in the U.S. House of Representatives Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. Prior to her work with DHS, Boyd spent eight years on active duty as an Army Military Intelligence Officer and Judge Advocate. She served with distinction as a military intelligence officer, prosecutor, and legal advisor in Korea, Bosnia, and during Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom, and she continues to serve in the Army Reserves with a variety of assignments in support of rule of law, security force assistance, and detainee, domestic operations, and intelligence missions.
In addition, Boyd is currently the senior fellow at the Homeland Security Management Institute at Long Island University, and is an adjunct professor at the Defense Institute for International Legal Studies in Newport, R.I.