Sullivan, Educators to Discuss Improvements to the Paths from Middle School to High School to College

April 10, 2013

An education forum featuring a panel of the region’s most prominent educational and political leaders, including U.Va. President Teresa A. Sullivan, will discuss “The State of Education in America: The Cause & The Solution,” on Saturday at the University of Virginia.

Sponsored by the Iota Beta Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. at U.Va., the event, the Symposium Tour 2013, is produced by the S.Y. Scholars Program, started by Brandon P. Fleming, a senior at Liberty University in Lynchburg. The S.Y. Scholars Program is a scholarship, mentorship and college preparation program for middle- and high-school students in Lynchburg city schools.

The ticketed symposium, to be held in Newcomb Hall Ballroom, will begin with a banquet at 10 a.m., accompanied by a live jazz band; the panel discussion begins at 11 a.m. Tickets are $15 ($10 for students), and tables of eight may be purchased at a discounted rate of $75. Seating is limited and reserved on a first-come basis. Register here.  

A range of institutions, educators, politicians, businesses and organizations will be represented to show their support for the advancement of education in central Virginia. Guest speakers include: 

  • Teresa A. Sullivan, president, University of Virginia 
  • Rosa Atkins, superintendent, Charlottesville Public Schools 
  • David Jeck, superintendent, Greene County Public Schools
  • Claudrena Harold, history professor, U.Va. 
  • Jesse Turner, principal, Monticello High School
  • Thomas Taylor, principal, Charlottesville High School
  • Valerie Gregory, associate dean and director of outreach in the Office of Undergraduate Admission, U.Va. 
  • Dede Smith, member, Charlottesville City Council
  • Wes Bellamy, founder, H.Y.P.E. Program
  • Host: S.Y. Younger, founder, J. Alfred Cage Bible Institute

For information, contact Sheridan Fuller, fourth-year trustees president, at

Media Contact

Anne E. Bromley

University News Associate Office of University Communications