by Absolon Kent
Special Contributor to SSUNAA.org
SAVANNAH, Ga. — The Savannah State University National Alumni Association held its installation of officers on May 2, during the 2015 National Conference in Savannah, Ga. Newly installed officers during the ceremony were Clyde Newton (President), Dr. Judy Days-Dee (Vice President), April Dobbs (Southern Region Vice President), Cassundra Huntley (Recording Secretary), Florine Baker (Corresponding Secretary), Harold Washington (Treasurer), and Rev. Clarence Williams (Chaplain).
Newton, a Life Member of the association and a member of the SSUNAA Savannah Chapter has previously served as the national Executive Vice-President, Corresponding Secretary, and as the chairman of various fundraising and special projects committees including the Homecoming Committee.
Dr. Days-Dee, a school counselor at Parkview High School in Lilburn, Ga., has been active with the SSUNAA for more than 15 years. She is a Diamond Life member and currently serves as the president of the SSUNAA South DeKalb Perimeter Chapter. She earned a masters degree in Counseling and a doctorate in Education Curriculum and Instructional Leadership.
Dobbs a native of Lithonia, Ga., was installed for her second consecutive term as the Southern Region Vice-President. She is a Life Member of the SSUNAA and is an active member and former president of the SSUNAA Metro-Atlanta Chapter.
A Diamond Life member of the association and a member of the SSUNAA Jefferson County Chapter, Huntley has previously served as the chapter’s Events Coordinator. She is employed by SAFEBuilt, Inc. as the Code Compliance Manager and is currently the only African-American woman in management.
Baker, a retired DeKalb County educator and counselor, previously served as the Western Region Vice-President and as the chairperson of the National Scholarship Committee. She is a Diamond Life member and a member and former president of the South DeKalb Perimeter Chapter.
Washington is a third generation Savannah State alumni and is a Diamond Life member who previously served the association as the Financial Secretary and National Homecoming Raffle Coordinator. A 16 year educator who has a heart for children and believes that “education is the key to the door of opportunity”, Washington currently serves as the assistant principal at Columbia High School in Decatur, Ga.
Rev. Williams was elected for a second term as the association’s chaplain. The Savannah native is currently the pastor of the Pilgrim Baptist Church of Savannah. His religious education includes studies at the Billy Graham School of Evangelism (Wheaton College) and Beeson Divinity School (Samford University). In 2004, he received an honorary Doctorate of Christian Music degree from the Great Commission School of Ministry and Seminar.
Also elected to office, but unable to attend the installation ceremony are John Lang, the Midwestern Region Vice-President, and Lisa Earls, the new Financial Secretary.
Lang, a Life Member of the SSUNAA, will begin his third term as the Midwestern Region Vice-President. He is a retired chemist and currently lives in Clinton, Indiana.
Earls, previously served as the association’s Treasurer. She is a Diamond Life member and is currently a member of the SSUNAA Athens-Clarke County Chapter. She previously served as the Financial Secretary from 2000 to 2004.