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Dr. Wesley Cornelious McClure

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Dr. Wesley McClure

Jackson TN - Funeral services for Dr. Wesley Cornelious McClure, age 71, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, December 14th, 2013 at New St. Luke Baptist Church, 1670 N. Royal Street, Jackson, Tennessee. The family will greet friends from 5 - 7 p.m. on Thursday, December 12th, 2013 at St. Paul Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, 282 Middleton Street in Jackson TN.

Dr. McClure entered into eternal rest on the evening of December 6, 2013 at the Jackson-Madison County General Hospital.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorial contributions be sent to Lane College for the Wesley Cornelious McClure Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Dr. Wesley Cornelious McClure was the Ninth President of Lane College. He was a native of Jackson, Tennessee, where he graduated as Valedictorian from Merry High School in 1960. He received his Bachelor's degree in Mathematics, with Honors, from Lane College in 1964. He continued his education at the University of Virginia and received the Master's and Doctorate in Mathematics and Educational Research in 1968 and 1970, respectively. He also attended the Institute for Educational Management of Harvard University, where he received a Diploma (1971).

Under the leadership of Dr. McClure, Lane College experienced a renaissance that included an increase in enrollment from 532 to 2200 students, and significant improvements to campus facilities.

Some of his other accomplishments included: the completion of the Chambers-McClure Academic Center and renovation of The Bray Hall Administration Building, the construction of five (5) new residential facilities, the science building (Millennium Hall), the dining hall (Phillips Hall), and a new Berry Music Building. Major renovations were completed to the former Tennessee Dimensions property to include the Stone Amenities Center, Water Tower Place, and Shy Hall, which houses the Lane College Radio Station (WLCD).

One of the most recent and most significant accomplishments of the College under President McClure was the reaffirmation of its accreditation by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Lane College was reaccredited in June 2013 for ten years with no recommendations.

No accomplishments were more significant than the hopes, dreams, and ambitions of the many students who matriculated through the College. He dedicated his life to seeing that they reached their potential. President McClure served as a mentor, father, and confidant to many students during his tenure. He firmly believed that every child should be given the opportunity to receive a quality higher education that afforded him/her the chance to go on to serve their various communities.

Before assuming the presidency of Lane College, Dr. McClure gained a wealth of administrative experience through service in a wide range of executive leadership positions in higher education: President, Virginia State University, 1988-92; Chancellor of Southern University and A & M College in Baton Rouge, 1985-88; Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs, Southern University and A & M College, 1981-1985; Executive Assistant to the President at St. Augustine's College, 1979-81; Dean of Faculty and Instruction at Clark College (now Clark Atlanta University), 1978-79; and Assistant to the President and Title III Coordinator at Lane College, 1970-78.

Dr. McClure was a distinguished mathematician, educational analyst, and speaker. He has made significant presentations before Congressional committees, to the United States Department of Education, and to a variety of prestigious professional organizations. His board memberships were too numerous to name.

Dr. McClure was married to the former Mary Bradley of Germantown, Tennessee. They have three (3) children: Wesley II (Karla), Carter Bradley (Marsha) and Dessalines McLeod Pieh (Samuel Hingha). He is also the father of Toussaint McClure. Dr. McClure will also be fondly remembered by his nine (9) grandchildren, Wesley McClure III, Julienne McClure, Gabrielle McClure, Madelyn McClure, Kiersten McClure, Hannah Pieh, Clara Pieh, Andrew Wesley McClure, and Mary Hope Pieh.

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Published in The Jackson Sun from Dec. 11 to Dec. 12, 2013
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