Tougaloo College board chairman LeRoy G. Walker Jr. places the hood of an honorary doctor of humane letters degree on Matteson School District 162 Supt. Blondean Davis. | Supplied photo
Updated: August 8, 2013 6:02AM
Matteson School District 162 Supt. Blondean Davis, also the CEO of Southland College Prep Charter High School, recently was awarded an honorary doctorate in humane letters degree by Tougaloo College.
In addition to her contributions to primary, elementary and secondary education, Davis was cited by the college’s trustees for her tireless work on behalf of the United Negro College Fund, a cause for which she has raised more than $8 million, according to a news release.
Addressing Tougaloo College’s commencement class, Davis told the graduates that “you have been embraced for decades by countless people from across this country who have contributed their time, talent and monies to the United Negro College Fund, which I have long supported. Though they may never have been to this Mississippi campus, they believe in it. And though they may never meet you, they believe in you. Their trust has been well-placed.”
Davis reminded the new graduates of the college — which played a crucial role during the civil rights struggles of the 1960s — “You have the blessing of education, a broader understanding of the world, the skill to solve problems, the willingness to consider many options and opinions, and most importantly, the ability to think.”
Davis joined District 162 as superintendent in 2002. In 2010, she spearheaded the launch of Southland College Prep Charter High School, a public school that serves students in nine Southland communities.