Mercer University to Celebrate 175th Anniversary with Special Founders’ Day Events

Mercer, which is celebrating its 175th year, will mark the event with several special Founders’ Day activities, including the traditional convocation on the Macon campus, as well as a Feb. 26 event on the Atlanta campus and an event featuring a discussion with five “Mercer Legends” on the Macon campus. Both Macon events will be held on Feb. 13 in Willingham Auditorium.

The Macon convocation and the Atlanta event on Feb. 26 will feature keynote addresses by Mercer Chancellor R. Kirby Godsey. The event in Atlanta will be held at 3:30 p.m. in Cecil B. Day Hall. The Macon convocation on Feb. 13, which is sponsored by Mercer’s Student Government Association, will take place at 10 a.m.

Godsey, who was the longest serving president in Mercer’s history, accepted appointment to chancellor upon leaving that post June 30, 2006. During his 27-year tenure, he expanded the University to include a business school, engineering school, medical school, theology school and music school and greatly expanded University enrollment and endowment. Godsey is also working on a book on the University’s history, being developed for the 175th anniversary.

In the afternoon, SGA will hold an event in Willingham as part of the 175th anniversary called “Mercer Legends:  A Candid Conversation.”  The event will begin at 3:30 p.m. and will feature five prominent Mercerians:  author Ferrol Sams; Sam Oni, Mercer’s first black student; longtime English professor Mary Wilder; lawyer and author Robert Steed; and former U.S. Attorney General Griffin Bell.

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