Spring 2017 Pages 4-7

The four years that Nathan L. Anderson spent at Oakwood proved to be a personally satisfying journey of academic achievement, spiritual growth, social and professional development, and musical excellence. He was a key band member for Dynamic Praise, and a composer/arranger /accompanist for numerous vocalists. During his nearly 26 years of life, Nathan touched people’s lives in positive ways, directly and indirectly, in many different venues. The Nathan L. Anderson Memorial Scholarship Foundation, Inc., was established by his parents in memory of this professional, officer and gentleman.
Cynthia C. Adams – In January, 2017, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal appointed the Honorable Cynthia C. Adams as Superior Court Judge of the Douglas Judicial Circuit. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Oakwood College and a law degree from the University of Georgia School of Law. Adams and her husband have two children and reside in Douglasville.
Kenneth Anderson is a nationally certified mental health counselor, and is president of Maximum Life Enhancement, a business management and educational consulting firm specializing in leadership and employee development training. He was appointed Multicultural Affairs Officer for the City of Huntsville, and acts as a bridge between the municipal government and the community on issues related to gender, faith, race and ethnicity, disability and more. Since 1990, he has been the host/producer of “2nd Chance,” a weekly radio talk show on WJOU 90.1 FM.
Benjamin Baker is nominated for his work in spreading the knowledge of Black Seventh-day Adventist history, through his website blacksdahistory.org, and other publications and projects. He is currently the managing editor of the Encyclopedia of Seventh-day Adventists. He is the second son of former Oakwood president Delbert Baker, and graduated from Oakwood in 2001. Benjamin went on to earn a Ph.D. degree in 2010 from Howard University.
Delbert W. Baker served as president of Oakwood University, 1996-2010. He completed marathons on every continent to raise more than $500,000 for Oakwood’s scholarship endowment. During his administration, Oakwood was consistently listed as a best college in U.S. News & World Report. Oakwood’s land holdings increased, existing buildings were renovated, and construction projects were completed, including the McKee Business and Technology Complex and Holland Hall. The Oakwood Memorial Gardens cemetery was established during his tenure. He currently serves as the vice chancellor at Adventist University of Africa in Nairobi, Kenya.
Warren Banfield, Sr., retired minister and civil rights activist, began his career as an intern pastor in the South Atlantic Conference. He was elected president of that conference in 1962, and served in that position until 1971, when he accepted the call to be associate secretary of the Southern Union Conference. From 1975 to 1978, he served as associate director of the Office of Regional Affairs at the General Conference, followed by 11 years of service as director of the North American Division’s Office of Human Relations. He retired in 1989.
Seth T. Bardu was born in Monrovia, Liberia, is an ordained minister, and has almost 30 years experience in finance-related denominational service in the Seventh-day Adventist Church. He began his career in the South Central Conference, and currently serves as treasurer of the Columbia Union Conference. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Oakwood University, and an MBA from Andrews University. Seth wants to do whatever he can to help our church accomplish its mission so we can “finish the work of the gospel and go to our Heavenly home.”
Dr. Sylvia Barnes—Professor or preacher? To many Oakwood students in the 1970s and 1980s, Dr. Sylvia Barnes probably was a bit of both. In her basement-level classroom in Moran Hall, Dr. Barnes could be heard instructing her students on the finer points of proper English in melodious tones. But when she occasionally stepped into the pulpit of the Oakwood College Church, she would deliver charismatic sermons with dramatic precision. No matter where she was on campus, Dr. Sylvia Barnes was always one of God’s trombones.
Timekee D. Battle, Ph.D., has made significant contributions in the Washington, D.C., area, advocating for Christian education, hospitality, community service, and charitable giving with young girls and women who seek to understand and experience God’s purpose for them. She facilitates the Women of Excellence (WE), a forum to empower, motivate and encourage each other. Another of her projects, WE WORK, is a resource for Christian working women to provide relevant information to enhance their professional development from a spiritual perspective.
James I. Beardsley, president of Oakwood Junior College from 1917 to 1923, was described as “a man with a certain grace with words.” He possessed communication skills which influenced the more comprehensive coverage of the college bulletin. While bulletins of previous years were adequate and well prepared, the Beardsley years produced a caliber of school catalogs that seemed to announce via their new and improved format and material a definite transition from secondary and special training to full-fledged junior college status. Also, the first graduation exercises were held during this era.
Bernard Benn spent most of his life teaching, from high school to graduate school. He served as a high school principal, college professor, chairman of the Department of English, Communications, Foreign Languages and Art at Oakwood, and as a college president.
Dr. Barry C. Black was elected the 62nd Chaplain of the United States Senate in 2003, the first African American and the first Seventh-day Adventist to hold this office. Prior to Capitol Hill, Chaplain Black served in the U.S. Navy for over 27 years, ending his distinguished career as the Chief of Navy Chaplains. Chaplain Black is an alumnus of Oakwood College, and has earned Master of Arts degrees in Divinity, Counseling, and Management, and he has received a doctoral degree in Ministry and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Psychology. In 2006 he authored his autobiography entitled, From the Hood to the Hill and in 2011 The Blessing of Adversity.
Dr. Donald Blake is a Korean War veteran, and a noted Civil Rights activist. He is credited with integrating Adventist higher education when he accepted the position as a faculty member at Walla Walla College Department of Biological Sciences from 1962 to 1969. He also taught at Oakwood College, University of Rhode Island, Ohio State University, Mississippi Valley State University, Southern Illinois University, University of Kentucky, Kentucky State University, and University of Hartford. Blake also held administrative and leadership positions in higher education and corporate America. The Donald Blake Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity, and Culture at Walla Walla University is named in his honor.

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