NC State Superintendent of Public Instruction to Speak at Mars Hill



Dr. June Atkinson, N.C. State Superintendent of Public Instruction, will speak at Mars Hill University on April 9 at 7 pm in Moore Auditorium. Atkinson, the first woman to serve as State Superintendent in North Carolina, will speak on current issues in education, with a lecture titled, “Fighting for Education on the Front Lines.” 
 
In addition to promoting Women’s History Month, Atkinson’s lecture is the capstone event in the Spring 2014 Citizenship Series at MHU, a sequence of events which have examined issues in education in North Carolina. The series is being coordinated by the MHU Honors Program and the MHU Education Department.
 
“We are honored to have an individual who has been such a vital force in public education at Mars Hill University,” said Dr. Susan Stigall, assistant professor of education.  Stigall said she anticipates that Atkinson’s lecture will be both enlightening and motivating for educators as well as students and members of the public.
 
“Dr. Atkinson has been a strong advocate for student success,” Stigall said, “and she has committed herself to understanding and improving teaching and learning throughout North Carolina.”
 
The spring citizenship series included two events in February and March which informed students and the larger Mars Hill community about current challenges in education.  A February program included a viewing of the documentaryAmerican Teacher, with a discussion afterward.  In March, the university hosted a panel discussion, also called "Fighting for Education on the Front Lines" and featuring local public educators.
 
Continuing the education theme for the semester, Mars Hill University will host former Governor James B. Hunt, Jr. on April 15, at 3:30 pm in Moore Auditorium.  Hunt’s lecture, titled “The State of Education in North Carolina,” will be the second event in the University Lecture Series, which is in its inaugural year.
Mars Hill University is a premier private, liberal arts institution offering over 30 baccalaureate degrees and one graduate degree in elementary education. Founded in 1856 by Baptist families of the region, the campus is located just 20 minutes north of Asheville in the mountains of western North Carolina.www.mhc.edu  .

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