SSU set to hold Founders Day on Nov 14

Pictured: The Class of 1900
Front row, left to right: M. L. Whitmire, R.R. Wright (President), O. C. Suggs, (Vice President), E. W. Bisard Back row, left to right: J.W.G. Haigler, F.A. Fields (Class Vice President), E. W. Houstoun (Class President), S. A. Grant (Class Secretary), E. McIntosh (Class Treasurer), E. A. Overstreet
Photo Source: Savannah State University Archives, Asa H Gordon Library

SAVANNAH, Ga. — Savannah State University will celebrate Founders Day and present its legacy awards on Thursday, Nov. 14, beginning at 9:30 am, in the Savannah State University Student Union building. The event is free and open to the public.

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2019 SSU Founder’s Day Awards nominations currently being accepted

Wright Award

From the Savannah State University Office of Alumni Relations

SAVANNAH, Ga. — Each year Savannah State University takes a day to recognize those who have served the school and made its foundation stronger while honoring the legacy of our founders. With two awards, the Richard R. Wright Award of Excellence and the Cyrus G. Wiley Distinguished Alumni Award, the university celebrates the history of the institution and those who have contributed to its success.

This year Savannah State University will celebrate Founders Day on Thursday, November 14. This event is free and open to the public. The ceremony includes a guest speaker and the presentation of awards to members of the community.

To nominate individuals for these two awards contact the Savannah State University Office of Alumni Relations. The deadline for nominations is October 28.

The Richard R. Wright Award of Excellence honors corporate and community citizens, alumni, and outstanding leaders who have distinguished themselves through their expertise in social, educational and civic arenas.

The Cyrus G. Wiley Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes outstanding alumni who have shown extraordinary support and loyalty to the Savannah State University, and who have become exemplary examples of the lofty ideals espoused by the university. The award also extols the achievements and contributions such distinguished alumni have made nationally, regionally and locally.


Established in 1890, Savannah State University is the oldest public historically black college or university in Georgia and the oldest institution of higher learning in the city of Savannah. The university’s 4,000 students select majors from 30 undergraduate and six graduate programs in four colleges ‐ Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, Business Administration, Sciences and Technology, and Education.

Savannah State celebrates Founders Day

Awardees Photo

SAVANNAH, Ga.  Savannah State University hosted the annual Founder’s Day observance on November 16 to celebrates the history of the institution and those who have contributed to its success.

The university presented the Cyrus C. Wiley Distinguished Alumni Award to Wilburn Joe Eason, a 1973 graduate for his extraordinary support and loyalty to SSU. Dr. Margaret C. Robinson, a 1952 of Savannah State, and retired U.S. Navy Capt. Donnie Cochran, a 1976 graduate, were the recipients of Richard R. Wright Award of Excellence. Continue reading “Savannah State celebrates Founders Day”