Spring 2017 Pages 12-15

Dr. Carlton P. Byrd has been tremendously blessed because of his dedication to God’s purpose, his love for God’s people, his unstoppable work ethic and passion for excellence during his 23 years of pastoral leadership. His relationship with God compels him to dream big. While at Oakwood, he served as the USM Executive Secretary, Treasurer, Executive Vice President, and President, obtained dual bachelor degrees in theology and business, and graduated summa cum laude in 1994. Currently, he serves as the Senior Pastor of the Oakwood University Church and the Speaker/Director of the Breath of Life Ministry. He also annually conducts two evangelistic meetings outside of his home church, and teaches part-time in Oakwood’s Master of Arts in Pastoral Leadership program.
Bessie Willie Cordelia Carter served as a dietitian for Oakwood College. She and her husband committed themselves to helping students obtain their education. Their spirit of generosity helped many students attend Oakwood. Bessie Carter Hall is named in her honor.
Dr. Edward C. Cartwright, the first Oakwood graduate to attend an Ivy League medical school, has made an immeasurable impact as a trailblazer at Yale University’s School of Medicine and later as a teaching physician. In private practice in Southeast Washington, DC, he often provided free medical care to hundreds of people. At Kaiser Permanente, he set the foundation in not only training young doctors, but establishing high standards for his interns, and has won numerous professional awards. He is now retired and resides with his wife and family in Hyattsville, Maryland.
Scores of Oakwood students over the decades recognize Mrs. Boontang Cartwright, a quiet woman at the cash register at either the College Market, or the Student Dining Hall in Blake Center, as an “institution within the institution” of Oakwood University. She and her family arrived in Huntsville in 1973. Mrs. Cartwright always encouraged students and employees with her smile, her hugs for her “angels” and her prayers. Also, with the help of students’ nickels, dimes and quarters collected at jars near her register, she funded several building projects in the country of Thailand where she was born.
During the 27 years that Roengsak Cartwright served Oakwood University’s Information Technology Department, significant accomplishments included a strategic five-year plan for IT initiatives, an Enterprise Resource Planning management system migration, virtual desktop implementation, Microsoft Office 365 deployment, and a campus-wide fiber optics backbone installation. Roengsak’s many achievements, arising from his dedication to excellence and collaboration with others, led Oakwood University to initiate the Roengsak Cartwright Student Technician Award to be given annually in honor of his legacy of service.
Danny R. Chandler has tirelessly committed to raising funds for students from Mississippi to attend Oakwood. Since the early 2000s numerous students have benefitted from his efforts, and more are graduating every year. Partnering with Oakwood’s Division of Advancement & Development, he has created a foundation and has been instrumental in the remodeling the Math Department and the Child Development Lab. He continues to raise funds for the University’s projects and encourages countless alumni to give back to Oakwood.
Charles l. Cheatham, a third generation Seventh-day Adventist employee, is a product of Christian education, having attended Baltimore Jr. Academy, Pine Forge Academy, Oakwood College and Andrews University. He has been a pastor/evangelist, served as Public Relations and Development Director at Pine Forge Academy, secretary and president of the Allegheny East Conference. Elder Cheatham has traveled extensively conducting team evangelistic meetings.
Edward Earl Cleveland’s connection with Oakwood dated from the 1950s, when he began visiting the campus to conduct short seminars in evangelistic methods. This long association became the inspiration for the Evangelism Council, begun in 1981. This weekend of seminars has grown to become the Pastoral and Evangelism Leadership Conference (PELC). Many honors came in his later years, but the greatest possibly was the establishment of the Bradford-Cleveland-Brooks Leadership Center at Oakwood University. Here, along with these other two giants of the church, Earl and what he lived for will be preserved for future church leaders.
Emerson A. Cooper, interim president, Oakwood College – 8/85-12/85 — Over the course of his decades-long and fruitful career of service to Oakwood, Dr. Cooper was blessed to receive many awards and accolades, including Oakwood University’s naming the Cooper Science Complex in his honor. Primarily because of his visionary leadership and outstanding contributions across the entire educational spectrum at Oakwood, the institution has, since the 1980s, ranked among the top 10 to 20 colleges and universities in the nation in sending Black students to medical and dental school.
H. Sherman Cox came to Oakwood College in 1985 to direct the financial development office, served as the College Chaplain, and as Director of the Office of Alumni Affairs, admirably coordinated the annual Alumni Homecoming Weekend from 1987 to 1991. Dr. Cox also served in the Division of Advancement and Development, helping to raise funds for student scholarships. His knowledge, sense of humor, energy, perseverance and his warm smile will always be fondly cherished. The Sherman Cox Scholarship Endowment has been established in his honor of his leadership, professionalism, integrity, and love of young people.
Carmela Monk Crawford was the president of the class of 1987. She now edits Message Magazine, believed to be world’s oldest continually published religious magazine aimed primarily at the African-American audience. She juggles leadership at the magazine with being the mother of three, a member of the Oakwood Board of Trustees, and being active in her church. She believes that God is guiding this process. She said that the magazine brings together two of her passions: helping people nurture the life God has planned for them and also spreading the good news of God’s love in the world.
Arriving at Oakwood Manual Training School in 1912 with the intent to take a two-year Bible course, Mother Eugenia Isabel Cartwright Cunningham served Oakwood for the next 50 years in various capacities, including matron in the dining room, superintendent of the orphanage, dean of women, dean of men, manager of the college laundry and of the college store. She also taught Bible and domestic science from 1915 to 1934, and was an inspiration to generations of Oakwood students. Originally built as a women’s residence hall, Cunningham Hall is named in her honor.
Edna Sims Dailey began working at Oakwood in 1972. She has worked in the Food Service Department as a server, cashier and assistant cook, and moved on to become Oakwood’s first full-time Switchboard Operator, becoming the “voice” of Oakwood. In 1988, she became the Telecommunications Supervisor and the PBX Programmer.

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