Nana Timothy Aye Kusi ’65, the first student of African descent to attend Centre College, will return to campus after 50 years to host a convocation focusing on his personal experience as an international student and as a student of color at the College. The event, sponsored by Centre’s Bicentennial Committee, the Diversity Office and the Grace Doherty Library, will take place in Newlin Hall of the College’s Norton Center for the Arts on Wednesday, Sept. 25, at 7 p.m.
Hosted by Associate Vice President for Diversity Affairs and Associate Professor of Anthropology Andrea Abrams, the convocation discussion will also feature Kusi’s narrative about his life in Ghana before and after graduation, along with the events leading up to his transfer from Kentucky State University to Centre in 1962.
Kusi received his B.A. in economics/business administration from Centre in 1965, followed by his M.B.A. from Atlanta University in 1967. Since 1980, he has served as a Divisional Traditional Chief of Apaah, within the Asante Mampong paramountcy of the Asante Confederacy/Kingdom in Ghana.
Centre’s Grace Doherty Library hopes to document Kusi’s time on campus as part of a larger project to research the stories of desegregation on college campuses, working alongside similar projects at Furman University, Rollins College, and Washington and Lee University.
by Centre College News
September 19, 2019