Thomas Nelson Selects Former Faculty Member Turner Spencer as Eighth Presidential Leadership Award Recipient

Thomas Nelson Community College has selected the Honorable Dr. Turner M. Spencer, former Hampton Vice Mayor and Hampton City Councilman, to receive its Eighth Annual Presidential Leadership Award. Part of the College’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day observance, the award presentation takes place Tuesday, Jan. 21 at 9 a.m. on the Hampton campus in the Dr. Mary T. Christian Auditorium, Templin Hall. Part of the College’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day observance, the award presentation is takes place Tuesday, Jan. 21 at 9 a.m. on the Hampton campus in the Dr. Mary T. Christian Auditorium, Templin Hall. The event is free and open to the public. At 10 a.m., a “Gratitude Reception” honoring Dr. King takes place in Wythe Hall Gallery.

The College established its Presidential Leadership Award to honor the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by recognizing an outstanding community leader and important role model for students.

Dr. Spencer is a professor emeritus and former Biology department Chair at Thomas Nelson. After more than 30 years on the faculty, he has maintained connection with the College since 2008 through its Educational Foundation Board of which he is immediate Past President. He also served a stint as Vice President of the Foundation.

The retired U.S. Army Reserve major has affiliation with numerous civic organizations including Hampton Roads Transportation District Commission; Virginia Municipal League; Virginia Transit Association; Hampton Redevelopment & Housing Authority; National

Association for the Advancement of Colored People (Hampton Roads chapter); Kiwanis International (Old Point chapter) and others. He also serves on alumni associations for Hampton University (HU), Virginia State University (VSU), University of Virginia (UVa.) and the College of the College of William & Mary.

Among Dr. Spencer’s numerous awards and honors are Hampton’s 2006 Distinguished Hampton Citizen Medallion, Conference of Minority Public Associates’ 2006 Distinguished Service Award, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc.’s 2006 Citizen of the Year Award and 2006 citations from the U.S. Congress, Virginia Senate and Virginia House of Delegates.

Dr. Spencer has Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Biology and General Science from VSU; a Master’s degree in Education from HU and a doctoral degree in Higher Education Administration from the College of William & Mary.

For more information about Thomas Nelson’s Presidential Leadership Award, or Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day observances, please call the Office of Public Relations, Marketing and Special Events at 757-825-2725.