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ASU to celebrate Founder's Day

Albany State University Founder Joseph Holley

Albany State University Founder Joseph Holley

ALBANY, Ga. — Albany State University will mark its 109th Founder’s Day celebration Friday morning with a speaker and a wreath-laying ceremony at the grave of Joseph Holley.

Lorenzo L. Heard, pastor of the Greater Second Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Albany, is the event’s keynote speaker. In addition to his duties as the congregation’s leader, Heard is spearheading an effort for more civic and political engagement among members and neighborhood residents.

Heard, a Lee County native and 2003 ASU business management graduate, will speak at 10 a.m in the ACAD Auditorium. The convocation will be followed by a graveside service at the founder’s grave, which is located in front of the L. Orene Hall Building on campus.

Holley, a pastor and college graduate looked for a way to help residents of southwest Georgia attain a college education. His vision to build a school focused on the trades, industry and agriculture founded on Christian principles came to life in 1903. That’s when the Albany Bible and Manual Training Institution began. The institution later became known as Albany State University.

Heard is the author of two books: “Stuck in a Storm” and “Missing Your Calm-Discovering God’s Purpose for Your life and Lessons in Money Management.” He is married to Leslie Parrish Heard and the couple have two daughters, Lydia and Zion.

The Founder’s Day Luncheon is scheduled to begin at noon in the L. Orene Hall Building. Luncheon tickets are $25 each and may be purchased by calling the ASU National Alumni Association at (229) 435-2386 or ASU Alumni Affairs at 229-430-4658.