Gettysburg College graduate selected as NAACP president

GETTYSBURG, Pa. ­ Gettysburg College graduate Bruce S. Gordon was named president and chief executive officer of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) June 25 at a board of directors meeting in Atlanta.

Gordon, class of 1968, was president of Verizon Communications' Retail Markets Group before retiring in 2003. His work earned him "Executive of the Year" honors from Black Enterprise magazine, and Fortune magazine ranked him sixth in its list of the "50 Most Powerful Black Executives in America" in 2000.

" This is one more achievement by someone who has already accomplished so much," said Gettysburg College President Katherine Haley Will. "We are proud to have Bruce Gordon as one of our outstanding alumni. We know that he will succeed in his new role as president and CEO of the NAACP."

Since the resignation of Kweisi Mfume in Nov. 2004, the NAACP has been led by Interim President and CEO Dennis Courtland Hayes, the association's longtime general counsel. Mfume, a former Congressman who is running for the Democratic nomination to the U.S. Senate from Maryland, led the organization for nearly nine years.

A native of Camden, N.J., Gordon earned a bachelor's degree with majors in anthropology and sociology at Gettysburg College and a master's from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He accepted a job with Bell of Pennsylvania after college and eventually became a senior executive. He has served on the boards of major corporations and on the board of the Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation.

Gordon has served Gettysburg College as a member of the Board of Trustees. In 2001 he presented the college with a $500,000 gift to support diversity among students. Gordon's gift was matched by classmate David M.LeVan, former chairman, president and CEO of Conrail, to endow the Bruce S.Gordon Endowed Scholarship, a merit grant given to promising students who are members of groups historically underrepresented at Gettysburg.

The NAACP is the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization.

Its half-million adult and youth members throughout the United States and the world are frontline advocates for civil rights, social justice and equal opportunity under law.

Gettysburg College is a highly selective four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences. With approximately 2,500 students, it is located on a 200-acre campus adjacent to Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania. The college was founded in 1832.

Issued 6/27/05

Founded in 1832, Gettysburg College is a highly selective four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences with a strong academic tradition. Alumni include Rhodes Scholars, a Nobel laureate, and other distinguished scholars. The college enrolls 2,600 undergraduate students and is located on a 200-acre campus adjacent to the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania.

Posted: Mon, 27 Jun 2005

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