President Henry N. Tisdale and First Lady Alice Carson Tisdale received the local branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People’s Education Award on Nov. 3 in recognition of their commitment to furthering education in the community.
“Dr. Tisdale has shown exemplary leadership not only for Claflin University but in the state and nation,” said Barbara Williams, president of the NAACP’s Orangeburg branch. “Mrs. Tisdale has done a tremendous, dynamic job in working with her honor students.
The Tisdales were honored at the Orangeburg NAACP’s 18th Annual Freedom Banquet, which was held at Edisto Fork United Methodist Church. Dr. Tisdale has been the president of Claflin for the past 18 years and has presided over unprecedented growth in terms of enhanced infrastructure and stellar academic programs. Mrs. Tisdale established the curriculum for the Honors College – which now bears her name - and has mentored hundreds of students to achieve success.
“It was an honor to present Dr. and Mrs. Tisdale with this award because they continue to go above and beyond the call of duty,” said Williams.
The couple was appreciative of the acknowledgement and expressed their continued commitment to inspire the next generation of visionary leaders. Dr. Tisdale noted the great work of the NAACP, the nation’s largest and oldest civil rights organization.
“I want to take this opportunity to thank the NAACP for all of the historic and current work they do in addressing issues of social justice throughout our community,” said Dr. Tisdale. “And I also thank them for recognizing our very worthwhile ministry at Claflin University.”
For Mrs. Tisdale, the honor is significant because it recognizes her passion.
“I am truly honored to receive this award. It’s quite surprising to be acknowledged for something that you just love doing. Our students remain our top priority, as we continue our commitment to educating world-class scholars and visionaries,” said Mrs. Tisdale.