By Roscoe Nance
Dr. John Douglas Chambers, retired president of John F. Ingram State Technical College in Deatsville, Ala., will be the keynote speaker for the 14th annual Y. C. Nance Bullock County Achievers Awards Banquet at 3 p.m. Sept. 15 at South Highlands Middle School.
The banquet is sponsored by the Y. C. Nance Memorial Sports Foundation. It honors the memory of former Bullock County Extension Service Agent Y. C. Nance, a pioneer in youth sports in the black community, an advocate for public school education while recognizing residents and non-resident for their contributions to Bullock County. Native Bullock Countians are also recognized for their contributions to the communities where they currently live.
Dr, Chambers, a native of Phenix City, Ala., is a 1971 and ’72 graduate of Tuskegee (Institute) University. He did post-graduate course work toward a Doctor of Counseling Education Degree at Auburn University, and the University of West Alabama awarded him an honorary Doctor of Laws Degree 2002.
Dr. Chambers began his career in higher education as Director of Student Recruitment for Tuskegee in 1972. He later was Minority Program Coordinator for Minority Programs at Columbus (Ga.) State College, and he was employed in numerous positions at Chattahoochee Valley Community College in Phenix City for more than 20 years, including Student Counselor, Psychology Instructor, Associate Dean of Student Development, Dean of Student Development and Executive Assistant to the President. Dr. Chambers was named interim President of Ingram State in 1996 and full-time President in 1997. He remained in that position until he retired in 2011.
The 2019 Y. C. Nance Bullock County Achievers Awards recipients are, Robert Earl Lee, the Citizenship Award; Dr. Michael King, the Education Award; Pastor Savannah Fitzpatrick, the Good Neighbor Award; Barbara Randall Greenwood, the Humanitarian Award, and Ollie Brown, the Y. C. Nance Award. Brown will be honored posthumously.
Tickets are $20 each and can be purchased by contacting Y. C. Nance Foundation President Julius Thomas at 334-2339-5813.
The Y. C. Nance Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit organization. Proceeds from the banquet go to the construction and maintenance of the Y. C. Memorial Sports Complex located on the South Highlands campus.