Witherspoon Student Center dedicated
The new Student Center Annex was dedicated on this date. It was named for Dr. Augustus McIver Witherspoon, thus becoming the first building on campus named after an African-American. Dr. Witherspoon earned his Ph.D. in Botany from NCSU in 1971, making him the second African American student to receive a Ph.D. from NC State. He joined the faculty as Instructor of Botany and eventually held the following posts at NCSU: Full Professor, Assistant Dean, Acting Dean and Associate Dean of the Graduate School, Associate Provost and Coordinator of African-American Affairs.