Roy Summerford


AUBURN -- J. Floyd Hall, a South Carolina educator who was one of the first people to earn a doctorate in education from Auburn University, has been named alumnus of the year in the AU College of Education.

The award was presented to Hall, retired superintendent of Greenville, S.C., schools, by College of Education Dean Richard Kunkel, who described Hall as a trailblazer for education improvements in the South.

³Dr. Hall has won national acclaim and been an inspiration for students, teachers and school administrators for many years," said Kunkel. "As the holder of three degrees from the College of Education, he has brought great honor on the college and has long been a model for our students."

As superintendent of schools in Greenville, S.C., from 1970-84, Hall led the orderly integration of that city's schools and was a prominent force for education improvements throughout South Carolina.

Recognized as an education innovator while in administrative posts in Alabama, Illinois and South Carolina, Hall became a major education figure in South Carolina. He won acclaim for his longterm leadership of the Greenville school system, and the system's central administrative building was later named for him.

Hall, a Chambers County, Ala., native and World War II veteran, has been a teacher, education administrator and consultant since earning a bachelor's degree from Auburn in 1948. He returned to Auburn to earn a master's degree in 1951 and was in the first class to earn a doctorate in education from Auburn in 1957.

A graduate of Valley, Ala., High School, he taught and was an administrator in schools in Chambers County from 1948-1958, and spent the next 26 years as an education administrator in Puerto Rico, Illinois and South Carolina.

Since his retirement as a school system administrator in 1984, Hall has been a professor at the University of South Carolina and Furman University and, since 1988, has been a consultant on education management for school systems throughout the Southeast.

Hall has maintained close ties to the AU College of Education throughout his career and recently established a scholarship in the college.

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CONTACT: Kunkel, 334/844- 4446.