Dr. Betty J. Cleckley is a resident of Huntington, WV where she serves as Vice President for Multicultural and International Programs and Professor of Social Work at Marshall University.Dr. Cleckley is Chairperson of the Personnel Committee on the Board of Directors of Unlimited Future, Inc.She received a BS degree in Sociology from Marquette University, MSS from Smith College, Ph.D. from The Florence Heller School for Advanced Studies in Social Welfare, Brandeis University, and Postdoctoral certificate, Harvard University Institute for Educational Management.She has worked for more than 35 years in social work practices and higher education administration.Dr. Cleckley serves on the following Boards and Committees: Board of Trustees of The Cabell Huntington Hospital Foundation, Inc.Cabell Huntington Board of Health, Board of Directors United Way of the River Cities; Chairperson, The Planning Committee (1993-94), Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services, West Virginia Human Rights Commission, appointed by Governor Gaston Caperton Vice Chair (1993-95), Carter G. Woodson Memorial Foundation, Inc., The Rotary Club of Huntington, The Huntington Chamber of Commerce, and The Huntington Chapter Links, Inc.Dr. Cleckley is also a member of the American Association for Higher Education, Academy of Certified Social Workers, and National Association of Social Workers.Her religious affiliation is Protestant.Dr. Cleckley's interests and hobbies are antiques, reading, and travel.
HUNTINGTON -- Betty Cleckley is going to Denver in 53 days, and it's sure to be a historic occasion.
Cleckley, who spent 18 years as the vice president for multicultural affairs at Marshall University, will head to the Democratic National Convention in Denver as the sole pledged delegate for Sen.Barrack Obama, D-Illinois, from West Virginia's 3rd Congressional District."I met (Obama) in 2006 at a reception for him and Senator Robert Byrd," Cleckley said."I've been a fan of his ever since.He's charming and absolutely brilliant, and I like his values."Cleckley did volunteer work for Obama's primary campaign in South Carolina and Ohio, and will now be on hand as the African-American senator accepts what will be a historic nomination as the Democratic candidate for president."I've never undertaken anything like this before," Cleckley said.In fact, Cleckley said she was unsure whether she would ever witness such a moment.A Huntington native and a graduate of the all-black former Douglass High School, Cleckley left the state to pursue her college education because many West Virginia colleges didn't allow African-American students at the time."I grew up in the era of segregation, so, no, I never thought I would see something like this in my lifetime," she said.It might be her only chance to take part in such a historic event, she added."I'm a senior citizen," she said with a laugh."This is literally a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity."Cleckley said she believes Obama will be the next president of the United States."I'm very excited," she said.
Occupation: Retired from Marshall University, where she was the school's first director of multicultural affairs.She served in that position from 1989 until her retirement in October 2007.Cleckley has been involved in education administration for more than 30 years.In politics: Since retiring, Cleckley has served as a volunteer for Sen.Barrack Obama's campaign for the presidency.Obama secured the Democratic nomination last month.Cleckley is the only pledged delegate for Obama in West Virginia's 3rd Congressional District, and will be attending the Democratic National Convention in Denver in August, where Obama will accept the nomination.
CONTACT: Dr. Betty Cleckley, Vice President for Multicultural Affairsand International Programs (304) 696-4677 firstname.lastname@example.org
"As in years past, the Martin Luther King Day of Service Grant will prove to be welcome source of funding for the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium's youth related events," said Dr. Betty Cleckley, Vice President for Multicultural Affairs and International Programs."These programs are designed to help transform the youth of today into the leaders of tomorrow by instilling within them Dr. King's value of civil rights and social justice." Through funds from the grant, Marshall is sponsoring several programs and activities to honor King's legacy on Martin Luther King Day, Jan. 21, 2002, and throughout the year.Some of them are:
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