Dr. Marcus E. Vandiver to Speak at ASU’s Honor’s Day Convocation

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Alabama State University will hold its annual Honors Day Convocation on Friday April 12, 2019 at 10 a.m. in the Dunn-Oliver Acadome.

The convocation recognizes regularly admitted undergraduate students who have demonstrated outstanding achievement throughout their academic pursuits. In general, students must have completed at least 15 semester hours of courses at ASU with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better to qualify for recognition.

More than 1,200 students will be honored. Among those, 56 have maintained perfect 4.0 GPAs.

Dr. Marcus E. Vandiver, education administrator at the Alabama State Department of Education’s (ALSDE), will be the guest speaker.

Vandiver has spent the last 15 years of his career in the Accountability section of the ALSDE. He is responsible for understanding and interpreting federal law, as well as providing data analytics and validation calculation information related to the Alabama Accountability Reporting System (a part of Alabama’s Education Report Card).

Vandiver has served in numerous capacities at the ALSDE, including six years as an education specialist with the Prevention and Support Services section, training superintendents, principals and teachers in school safety protocol and administering nearly $40 million in state grant funds for at-risk programs for Alabama public school students.

In the ALSDE’s Federal Programs section, Vandiver administered the School Improvement Grant (SIG) and was responsible for nearly $55 million in federal funding for school improvement initiatives in eligible schools.

Vandiver is a proud alumnus of ASU, where he received his B.S. in chemistry (1998), an M.Ed. in secondary mathematics education (2002) and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership, Policy and Law (2007).

Vandiver is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., and serves on several professional and civic boards and committees including the University of Alabama/University of West Alabama Regional Inservice Center Governing Board and Music Education on Wheels (MEOW) Cares.  

For more information, contact Academic Affairs at 334-229-4232.