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Sanford Lecture Series
This lecture series promotes public awareness of current political affairs by inviting experts to deliver scholarly lectures on topics within the field of Political Science. Sponsored by the Department of Government Studies of Methodist University, the series is named for and honors Terry Sanford.
Methodist University has had no better friend than Terry Sanford. In the mid 1950s, Terry Sanford persuaded the North Carolina Conference of the Methodist Church to locate a new college in Fayetteville. In 1956, he was elected the first Chairman of the Methodist College Board of Trustees and held that position until 1967. It has been said that there would be no Methodist College in Fayetteville had Terry Sanford not stepped in and sold the idea.
Terry Sanford's life (1917-1998) of public service was extraordinary. He served as an Army paratrooper in World War II (1942-1946) and received the Bronze Star Medal and Purple Heart. After earning his law degree from UNC Chapel Hill, he practiced law in Fayetteville from 1949-1957. He was perhaps this state's best known political figure, becoming State Senator in 1952, Governor of North Carolina in 1960, and U.S. Senator in 1986.
His commitment to education was admired by all. As Governor, he pushed for a state community college system. Later, he proposed the North Carolina Legislative Tuition Grant, which today greatly benefits students at Methodist College and any of the state's other 36 colleges or universities. In 1970, Terry Sanford became President of Duke University and held the position until 1985.
Terry Sanford's record of leadership and dedication continues to inspire us. Speaking at Methodist College on May 7, 1989, he said: "What do you care about? It will cost you your life, whatever your answer. It might as well be something noble. It would be a pity to have given your life for selfishness, for greed, for nothing."
Hon. Michael W. Cotter, October 29, 2001
Mr. Roger L. Stancil, February 22, 2002
Dr. Akram F. Khater, October 28, 2002
Dr. Paul Luebke, April 11, 2003
Rep. Rick Glazier, October 20, 2003
Mr. Robert Wilkie, April 16, 2004
Mr. Charles Stokes, October 1, 2004
John Douglas Hall, April 1, 2005
Norvell "Tex" DeAtkin, February 10, 2006
John Bumgarner, February 19, 2010