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Dr. Charlie Nelms, Ed.D.,

Charlie recently received the Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Martin University (where the author has taught Psychology for over two decades).

Here is what the Fifty-Third Commencement Program had to say about Charlie:

“He is a nationally recognized leader in higher education, a compelling storyteller and a dedicated activist. Charlie obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB),a historically Black College and University (UBCU). He earned his master’s and doctorate degrees from Indiana University. Charlie is the first African American to be appointed Chancellor on an IU campus and Vice President  of the University System. In 2019 IU awarded him an honorary doctorate and he is also the recipient of its highest honors: The President’s Medal for Excellence, the Distinguished Alumni Service Award, and the Thomas Hart Benton Mural Medallion for Distinguished Achievement. Charlie is Vice President Emeritus at IU. He holds honorary degrees from Earlham College and the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. Charlie’s eminent career includes serving as chancellor at indiana University East, the University of Michigan-Flint, and North Carolina Central University (NCCU). During his tenure as chancellor of NCCU, U.S. News & World Report ranked it as one of the best public HBCUs in the nation for three consecutive years. Charlie is the author of Having My Say: Reflections of a Black Baby Boomer and Start Where You Find Yourself. His memoir, From Cotton Fields to University Leadership: All Eyes on Charlie (IU Press, 2019) was featured during IU’s bicentennial celebration in 2020. All book royalties are donated to United Negro College Fund (UNCF) and Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) for Historical Black College Fund (HBCU )scholarships.”

Charlie’s professional, administrative and personal contributions to the academy and larger community are monumental. We ,however, hope this introduction suffices to celebrate his achievements and continuing service to others.

When I asked Charlie to join us at he was gracious and responded immediately to the request. Another example of his commitment to service.

Dr. Jack E. Thomas, Ph.D.,HSPP

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Professor and Director of Clinical Development, Martin University

Medical Advisor to U.S. Federal Administrative Law Judges,OHO