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Board chair to be keynote speaker at Salem State’s MLK convocation

Posted by Terri Ogan  January 18, 2013 02:25 PM

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In celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Salem State University welcomes Pamela C. Scott, chair of the school’s Board of Trustees, to address members of the community at their annual convocation.

The event will be held in Veterans Hall located in the Ellison Campus Center on Loring Avenue, on January 28 at 11 a.m. All members of the community are welcome.

Scott, of Danvers, is a former chairwoman of the wealth management committee of Danvers Bancorp, Inc. and has a substantial history of support and involvement with nonprofit organizations in education, social services, performing arts and healthcare, as well as with professional associations. She assumed the role of board chair in June of 2012.

“She has inspired many people at the university in terms of making progress in a variety of areas,” said Shawn Newton, the assistant dean of students. “Her focus on higher education and leadership is astounding. Her name rose right to the top of the list.”

In addition to Scott’s address, Salem State is also conducting an essay contest within the local schools.

Salem State students, as well has high school, middle school and elementary school students are challenged to write about the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and how he would create a peaceful world in today’s society. Each winner will read their essays on stage in front of an expected crowd of 200 to 300 people.

“Students’ speeches are the most powerful I’ve ever heard,” Newton said. “They’re very moving.”

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