Memorial For LeMoyne-Owen’s Dr. Cheryl Golden
LeMoyne-Owen College will hold a memorial dedication service Wednesday (March 21) for beloved college administrator, professor and mentor Dr. Cheryl Golden, who died Jan. 11.
The dedication will begin at 11 a.m. with a chapel service dedicated to Dr. Golden at Metropolitan Baptist Church at 767 Walker Ave.
After the service, faculty dressed in full academic regalia, will process to the College Bell, which will be rung, on the nearby LOC campus at 807 Walker Ave.
The ringing of the Bell will be followed by a ribbon cutting in room 205 of the Gipson Orgill Science Mathematics Learning Center Building. There, the Student Retention Center will be renamed the Dr. Cheryl Golden Student Retention Center.
At the time of her death, Dr. Golden was a professor of psychology. But during her time at LeMoyne-Owen, she had many roles.
On Jan. 1, 2013, Dr. Cheryl Golden ushered in a new era in academics at the college as the new Vice President of Academic Affairs/ Chief Academic Officer.
She was a committed and passionate faculty member, who taught psychology and statistics for 24 years, and also served as chair of the Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences.
Dr. Golden had strong ties to the community. Her outreach factored into her promotion to Vice President of Academic Affairs/ Chief Academic Officer.
As a division chair, Dr. Golden was the catalyst for the development of a number of initiatives designed to promote leadership and scholarship in the student body, including leading research partnerships with the Department of Defense, Meharry Medical College, Lane College, Fisk University, Knoxville College and the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.
She also directed LOC’s award-winning wellness efforts and public health curriculum, at the time the only undergraduate public health curriculum in Tennessee and one of less than 30 such programs nationwide.
Recognized for her extensive experience in health education, then Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen appointed her to the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Health in 2009.