Shi to Keynote Centre College Founders Day
RELEASED: January 10, 2002
DANVILLE, KYDr. David E. Shi, president of Furman University and the author of a number of books and newspaper columns, will serve as keynote speaker for Centre College's Founders Day on Sunday, Jan. 20.
The Founders Day program will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Newlin Hall of the College's Norton Center for the Arts. It's free and open to the public. During the program, Centre will confer the honorary degree, doctor of humane letters, on Shi.
Founders Day is held each year at Centre to celebrate the anniversary of the colleges founding. Centre received its charter from the Kentucky legislature on Jan. 21, 1819.
Shi's book "The Simple Life: Plain Living and High Thinking in American Culture" (1985) was a History Book Club selection.
Most recently, Shi has written columns for The Christian Science Monitor, The Greenville News, The Charlotte Observer, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Philadelphia Inquirer, and many other newspapers throughout the nation. This spring, the University of South Carolina Press will publish a collection of his speeches and essays entitled "From the Bell Tower: Reflections on Learning and Life."
Shi has been widely recognized for his leadership abilities as a college president. In 1999, he was among an elite group of 50 college and university presidents who were recognized by the John Templeton Foundation for their outstanding leadership in development of student character. The previous year, Furman was awarded a $150,000 Presidential Leadership grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation in recognition of Shi's dynamic leadership.
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