109th Commencement Exercises Held Sunday at Barton

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WILSON, N.C. — The sun shone brightly on the Barton College community as they celebrated Commencement on Sunday, May 22. (Commencement Photo Album) Some 235 seniors participated in the 109th annual commencement exercises. Dr. Norval C. Kneten presided over his eighth commencement program as president of Barton College. Dr. Terrence L. Grimes, vice president for academic affairs, presented the graduating class. Daniel J. Gerlach, president of the Golden LEAF Foundation, delivered the commencement address. Participating in this year’s commencement ceremony were students who completed their baccalaureate degree requirements in December 2010 and May 2011, as well as candidates who expect to fulfill requirements over the summer. The three highest honors […]

Golden LEAF Foundation President to Speak at Barton’s 109th Commencement

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WILSON, N.C. — Dan Gerlach, president of the Golden LEAF Foundation, will be the featured speaker at the 109th annual commencement exercises of Barton College, scheduled for Sunday, May 22. Since 2008, Gerlach has led the Golden LEAF Foundation, which utilizes one-half of North Carolina’s share of tobacco settlement funds to assist the state’s tobacco-dependent, economically distressed, and rural communities. His tenure has been marked by major Foundation initiatives to provide middle-mile broadband access across rural North Carolina, promote capital access through loan guarantees to North Carolina small businesses, support diversity in agriculture through grants to promote local foods and agri-biotechnology, accelerate the Foundation’s Community Assistance Initiative that serves the […]