Lees-McRae College will hold the Opening Convocation Ceremony on Wednesday, August 26 at 3:30 p.m. in Hayes Auditorium. Opening Convocation is an important part of the academic tradition at Lees-McRae. Literally a ‘coming together’ of the College community, Opening Convocation celebrates the beginning of the academic year and welcomes new and returning students to campus.
Lees-McRae College President Dr. Scott Colley will be this year’s speaker and will address the importance of a liberal education and how it teaches us about the risks in life worth taking.
Dr. Scott Colley is president emeritus of Berry College in Mount Berry, GA, where he served as president from 1998-2006. Before serving Berry College, Dr. Colley was Provost and dean of the faculty at Hampden-Sydney College from 1988-1998 where he also taught freshman writing courses, surveys of literature, humanities and Shakespeare. He also served on the faculty of Vanderbilt University for 20 years.
He has published three dozen scholarly articles and reviews in such publications as Medieval and Renaissance Drama in England, Shakespeare Quarterly and Shakespeare Studies. He is editor and co-editor or two Shakespeare editions and author of books on 17th-century playwright John Marston and Shakespeare’s Richard III.
He has a Bachelor’s degree from Randolph-Macon College, Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from the University of Chicago and completed the Harvard Institute for Educational Management in 1990.