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Claflin University to Celebrate 20th Anniversary of Granville Hicks Leadership Academy Feb. 23-24

Feb 02, 2012


Rev. Granville Hicks, ‘57

Clergy and laity from churches across South Carolina and beyond will gather at Claflin University to discuss the church's role in leadership.

The annual Granville Hicks Leadership Academy for Laity and Clergy will be held on the Claflin campus from Thursday, Feb. 23 to Friday, Feb. 24.

The keynote speaker for this year's academy is Dr. Walter E. Fluker, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Professor of Ethical Leadership at the Boston University School of Theology. In commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the academy, Rev. Granville Hicks,' 57, will speak at a special luncheon on Feb. 24. The theme for this year's academy is “The Church as a Model for Ethical Leadership for Our Nation.”

“This is a great annual occasion for people of faith to share ideas and fellowship together,” said President Dr. Henry N. Tisdale. “Utilizing the vision of Rev. Hicks, the Leadership Academy has grown to become a prominent event for our state's religious leaders during the past two decades.”

· Rev. Granville Hicks, ‘57

Hicks received an honorary doctorate from Claflin as well as Wofford College. He is a trustee emeritus at the University. In 1992, Claflin established the Granville Hicks Lecture Series for ministers and students preparing for ministry. He is a past recipient of the Bythewood Award at the University, which recognizes outstanding contributions to the institution and the community.

An ordained United Methodist minister since 1960, Hicks has served churches across the South Carolina Conference. He is formerly a superintendent of the Orangeburg and Anderson Districts of the S.C. Conference. He has been appointed several times as a delegate to the Southern Jurisdiction and General Conferences and received multiple appointments to prominent positions within the United Methodist Church.

He is an active member of the NAACP and the Children's Trust.

· Dr. Walter E. Fluker

Dr. Walter Fluker

Before joining the faculty at Boston University – which shares the same founder, William Claflin, as the University – Fluker was foundering executive director of the Leadership Center and the Coca-Cola Professor of Leadership Studies at Morehouse College. His prior academic experience includes stints at Vanderbilt University, Harvard College, Dilliard University and Colgate-Rochester Divinity School and Harvard University.

Fluker is also in demand as a speaker, lecturer and workshop leader for professionals and emerging leaders in the public and private sectors. He is the author of The Papers of Howard Washington Thurman and Ethical Leadership. He is married to Sharon Watson and the couple has four children and five grandchildren.

There is a $50 registration fee that includes workshops materials, refreshments and a ticket to the Friday luncheon. For more information, please contact Dr. Daniel Hembree, chair of the Department of Religion and Philosophy, by phone at (803) 535-5894 or by e-mail at

Schedule of Events

Thursday, February 23rd

12:00 PM -6:00 PM

Registration at the James and Dorothy Z. Elmore Chapel

7:00 PM

Program Begins Evening Keynote Address - Dr. Walter Earl Fluker

Friday, February 24th


Breakfast on your own


Morning Worship


Lecture- Dr. Walter Earl Fluker

12:00 PM- 1:30 PM

Luncheon Minister's Hall - Rev. Granville Hicks Luncheon Speaker




Closing Lecture -Dr. Walter Earl Fluker

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