University of South Alabama, Office of Public Relations

November 15, 2006
Contact: Jessica L. Ross, USA Office of Public Relations, (251) 460-6636

Award-Winning Scholar and Leader Dr. Woody Hannum to Address USA Fall Commencement Dec. 9

Dr. E. B. “Woody” Hannum, a scholar, humanitarian, and campus leader, will give the University of South Alabama’s Fall 2006 Commencement address at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 9 at the USA Mitchell Center. The ceremony marks the beginning for 1,434 graduates, bringing the total number of degrees awarded in USA’s history to 58,857.
At the fall commencement ceremony, USA will award 857 bachelor’s degrees, 547 master’s degrees, nine educational specialists and 21 doctors of philosophy degrees. Fall commencement is the graduation exercise for students who completed degree requirements in both the summer and fall terms.

A steadfast champion of education at any age, Hannum strives to bring education to all people along the Gulf Coast as associate dean of the USA’s School of Continuing Education and Special Programs. In this leadership role, Hannum oversees USA’s Interdisciplinary Studies program, which helps older non-traditional students start or return to college life. He also leads an interdisciplinary degree program for undergraduates, allowing traditional students to chart a unique course across subject boundaries.

Dr. E. B.
Dr. E. B. “Woody” Hannum
Hannum’s professional career at USA began in 1970 in the department of history. His focus during his years as an assistant and associate professor was on British Studies. Hannum was named as the outstanding professor in the history department and led the USA Faculty Senate. During the 1980s, he directed the British Studies Program, which included frequent research and teaching trips with students to London and the British Isles. In the early 1980s, he moved from the history department to the School of Continuing Education and Special Programs, where he led the adult-degree programs.

Hannum has served with distinction on numerous academic and administrative committees including serving as acting chair of the department of emergency medical services training, acting director of USA’s Brookley Center, and interim assistant to the dean for the College of Arts and Sciences. He also has received two grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities to teach summer courses at the University of Minnesota and Claremont College. His commitment to USA has defined his career as a service to the community and the world.

A native of Maine, Hannum grew up in small-town, western New York as his Episcopal clergyman father moved the family every several years to serve a new congregation. He received his bachelor degree from the University of the South in Tennessee. Upon graduation, he considered a career as a Naval officer, but eventually decided to pursue his master’s and doctoral degrees in history from the University of South Carolina. While in graduate school, Hannum met his wife, Foy. The couple has been married more than 40 years.


For the graduating students, there will be reserved parking in the parking lot across from the Student Recreation Center on Jaguar Drive, which is located behind the Mitchell College of Business. Admittance to the Physical Education Building is limited to graduating students only.

Handicapped parking will be limited but is available for students, family and friends. Entrance to this parking lot will be from Old Shell Road only (behind the Mitchell Center). Proper tags must be visible for access to this lot.

SHUTTLE SERVICES (for family and guests)

Lighted (LED) signage will be set up on University Boulevard and Old Shell Road, which will direct traffic to the shuttle/parking areas. In addition, yellow directional parking signage will be displayed.

SHUTTLE TIMES: Shuttle services will run from noon to 6 p.m.

SHUTTLE PICKUP POINTS: University Commons, Gamma Residence Hall parking lot, and the parking lot east of the Computer Science Building.

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