President of SACS Commission on Colleges to Deliver Centennial Lecture

Last Updated on February 23, 2017 at 4:16 pm

webBelle_Wheelan_s_Photo.2016What: Centennial Lecture by Belle S. Wheelan, Ph.D., president of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)

When: 4 p.m. Thursday, March 2, 2017

Where: Undergraduate Learning Center, Room 106, UTEP campus


Belle S. Wheelan, Ph.D., the first African-American and the first woman to hold the position of president of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), will deliver a Centennial Lecture at The University of Texas at El Paso.

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges is the regional body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions in the Southern states, including Texas.

Wheelan will speak about “Higher Education in the Fast Lane: Looking out for the Potholes.” The lecture is free and open to the public.

Her career spans more than 40 years and includes serving as a faculty member, chief student services officer, campus provost, college president and Secretary of Education. In several of these roles she was the first African-American and/or woman to serve.

Wheelan received her bachelor’s degree from Trinity University in Texas in 1972 with a double major in psychology and sociology; her master’s from Louisiana State University in developmental education psychology in 1972; and her doctorate from The University of Texas at Austin in educational administration with a special concentration in community college leadership in 1974.

In 2014, The University of Texas at El Paso celebrated the 100th anniversary of its founding as the Texas State School of Mines and Metallurgy. The Centennial Lecture Series invites noteworthy speakers to the UTEP campus to share their perspectives on a broad range of contemporary issues that are likely to impact our society, culture and lives in the years ahead.



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