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The Honorable Dr. Howard Burrell Serves as Convocation Keynote Speaker

09/11/2013, 03:56 PM

Hackettstown, N.J. – Centenary College held its Convocation and Founder’s Day yesterday starting at 10 a.m. in the Sitnik Theater at the David and Carol Lackland Center. The keynote speaker was the Honorable Dr. Howard Burrell, former Sussex County freeholder, Gates-Ferry Lecturer and former longtime Trustee of Centenary College.

Convocation is an assemblage of the College community that ushers in the academic year.  Founder’s Day recognizes and honors the 10 founding fathers of the institution.  The event began with a procession from the College Quad and bagpipe music and will conclude with the benediction. 

Dr. Burrell’s talk was entitled “The Importance of Higher Education” and focused on his own journey, the story of his mother and the many reasons why pursuing a college degree is an excellent choice.  He also provided many statistics about the opportunities that are available to college graduates.

“It was a pleasure to serve as Convocation Speaker at Centenary College,” says Dr. Burrell.  “I have had a longstanding relationship with the institution and it is one that is near and dear to me.  It was very satisfying to be able to provide the students of Centenary College with some words of inspiration.”

Dr. Burrell has worked as a buyer for a major appliance manufacturer; a sales representative, Regional Sales Manager, Corporate Service Manager and International Sales Manager for a major specialty chemical company; as an Assistant Director in the New Jersey Department of Labor & Workforce Development; and now as a Special Assistant to the President of Felician College.

He has served in elective positions on the Vernon Township Board of Education, the Vernon Township Council, the Board of Trustees for the Sussex County Charter School for Technology, and the Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders.  He was the Centenary College Gates-Ferry Lecturer in 2012.  He served on the Centenary College Board of Trustees from 2006 to 2013.

Founded in 1867 by the Newark Conference of the United Methodist Church, Centenary College’s academic program integrates a solid liberal arts foundation with a strong career orientation. This mix is designed to provide an educational experience that prepares students to succeed in the increasingly global and interdependent world. 

Centenary College’s main campus is located in Hackettstown, N.J., with its equestrian facility in Washington Township (Morris County).  The Centenary College School of Professional Studies offers degree programs in two locations: Parsippany and Edison, and at corporate sites throughout New Jersey.  The School of International Programs recruits international students for study at Centenary and Centenary students for study abroad.