Former chancellor to be honoed with literary event

Former chancellor to be honoed with literary event

Posted: Wednesday, January 19, 2011 12:01 pm

The Messenger 01.19.11

A former University of Tennessee at Martin chancellor will be honored with an event Feb. 7 that will bring to campus two nationally published authors who have family ties to the campus.
The late Paul Meek’s birthday will be marked by the Friends of Paul Meek Library at 4:30 p.m. in Holt Humanities Building Norman Campbell Lecture Hall.
Dr. Anne Meek, Meek’s daughter, will open the event with remarks about her father and will introduce siblings and authors Susan Rebecca White and Lauren Myracle, who are the granddaughters of the late Dr. Norman Campbell. The authors’ presentations will be followed by a question-and-answer session and a reception. The public is invited to attend.
“The Meek Library faculty and staff are absolutely delighted that our Friends of the Library organization is sponsoring this exciting event and hope this can grow into an annual literary occasion,” said Mary Carpenter, library director.
Meek was chancellor from 1934-67. A native of Martin, he spent four years in Knoxville, with a brief tour in the U.S. Army in 1918 before graduating with a bachelor of science degree in agriculture. He returned to Knoxville in 1933 to earn a master of science degree in education. He was offered the position as executive officer of the University of Tennessee Junior College in Martin that year.
In 1962, he was given the title of vice president of the University of Tennessee and chancellor of the Martin Branch. Just prior to his retirement in 1967, Meek was present when Gov. Buford Ellington signed the document changing the college name to the University of Tennessee at Martin.
In retirement, Dr. Meek witnessed the creation of the Paul and Martha Meek Scholarship Fund and the naming of the campus’s first library building in his honor.
Ms. Myracle, of Ft. Collins, Colo., is an author of books for “tweens” and teens. Her titles include “Luv Ya Bunches,” “Violet in Bloom,” “Eleven,” “Twelve” and “Thirteen,” among others. Several have appeared on The New York Times Best Seller list and “Thirteen” was a 2009 Children’s Choice Award winner. She gave the keynote address at the American Library Association Rally in the summer of 2010 and was honored by the National Coalition Against Censorship at its annual celebration of free speech in New York in November.
Ms. White, who writes adult fiction, was a finalist for the 2009 Townsend Prize for fiction with “Bound South” and had the Target Book Club-featured book for April 2010 with “Soft Place to Land.” A resident of Atlanta and Reno, Nev., she taught creative writing at Emory University and is featured in the February 2011 Vanity Fair, along with eight other female Atlanta authors.
“These events are a great opportunity for us to see the continuing legacy of two of our founding families, the Meeks and the Campbells,” said Lynn Alexander, president of the Friends of Paul Meek Library. “We are looking forward to celebrating our achievements together.”
For more information, contact Mrs. Carpenter at (731) 881-7070.

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