Four new members to be inducted into the College of Education Hall of Fame

Autherine Lucy Foster, College of Education Hall of Fame inductee and one of the first Black students to attend the University of Alabama is flanked on the left by Roy Wilkins and on the right by Thurgood Marshall. 

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Annie Milbourn

Four new members will be receiving the highest honor within the College of Education: an invitation into the Hall of Fame.

The honorees can include former faculty members, former alumni, or people who have otherwise helped to advance the college. A group made up of distinguished alumni from the College of Education, along with a board of advisors, weighed in on the nominations that came from their peers. 

WHO: Faculty and staff within the College of Education, the board of advisors, distinguished alumni, family and friends of inductees. This year’s inductees include Adolph Crew, Autherine Lucy Foster, Ethel Hall and Judy Merritt.

WHAT: A black-tie optional event to honor the newest members of the College of Education Hall of Fame. The ceremony includes a sit-down dinner, followed by speeches from the inductees themselves or from a family members and friends.

WHERE: North River Yacht Club

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 15 from 6-10 p.m.

“They represent really the fruit of our labor,” said Peter Hlebowitsh, dean of the College of Education. “We have a college that’s dedicated to trying to make a difference in the lives of kids, teachers, families and communities, and these people have done it better than anyone else.”

Hlebowitsh said the biggest accomplishment of the inductees is educating children. 

“[Inductees have] a lifetime of significant accomplishment in advancing the educational lives of children, which can be activated through research, through teaching and through simply resource support,” Hlebowitsh said. “That’s basically the bottom line.”