Beginning on Jan. 22, Southern Adventist University will present its 50th annual E.A. Anderson Lecture Series. Hosted by the School of Business, it features guest speakers who share rich elements of the business world, providing a broader understanding to students, faculty, staff, and community members alike, said officials. The lectures are open to the public, and continuing education credit is offered.
The series was established with and in honor of Eugene A. Anderson, a successful businessman in Atlanta, who was supportive of Southern, serving on its Board of Trustees and making substantial monetary contributions. In 1977, Mr. Anderson was designated as the Entrepreneur of the Year by the Georgia Business and Industry Association. His continued success led to conferral of the Presidential “E” Award from President Ronald Reagan in 1987 for Mr. Anderson’s contributions to American foreign trade. The “E” award was created by executive order of President John F. Kennedy “to afford suitable recognition to persons, firms, or organizations which contribute significantly in the effort to increase United States exports.”
The E.A. Anderson lectures will be held most Mondays from Jan. 22-April 2 at 7 p.m. in Brock Hall, room 3205, on the university’s campus in Collegedale. The first talk features Evie VandeVere, first women’s ministries director in the Georgia-Cumberland Conference of Seventh-day Adventists and wife of the late Wayne VandeVere, chair of Southern’s business department when the lecture series was founded 50 years ago.
For a complete schedule of the lectures, visit southern.edu/events/eaanderson.