RELEASED: Jan. 10, 2001
DANVILLE, KY -- William H. Willimon, dean of the chapel at Duke University and one of the nation's most respected preachers, will serve as keynote speaker for Centre College Founders Day on Wednesday, Jan. 17.
The Founders Day program will begin at 11 a.m. in the Norton Center for the Arts. It is free and open to the public. Willimon has titled his remarks "The Way of Wisdom: Centre at the Center of Higher Education." During the program, Centre will confer an honorary degree on Willimon.
Founders Day is held each year at Centre to celebrate the anniversary of the college's founding. Centre received its charter from the Kentucky legislature on Jan. 21, 1819.
Willimon has been widely honored as an author, preacher and theological leader. He has written 43 books, including Sighing for Eden and What's Right with the Church. In 1979, one of his volumes, Worship as Pastoral Care, was named one of the 10 most useful books for pastors in the United States.
The Yale Divinity School honored Willimon in 1992 as recipient of its first Distinguished Alumnus Award. He holds a master's degree from Yale, along with a bachelor's degree from Wofford College and a doctorate from Emory University.
Wilimon is editor-at-large for The Christian Century, and he has been extensively published in journals, magazines and Sunday school curricula. His books have sold more than one million copies, and he has received honorary degrees from institutions including Wofford College and Lehigh University.
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