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Martin Luther King Jr. luncheon Jan. 30

Released: 01/13/2006

Rodney P. McClendon, chief of staff at Texas A&M University, will be the guest speaker for LSU Alexandria’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Luncheon on Jan. 30.

The event will be at 11:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 30, in the Barbara Brumfield Caffey Annex. Proceeds benefit the LSUA Ebony Scholarship.

The theme is “King’s Legacy: A Matter of Dignity.” The cost is $10 and covers lunch by Outback Steakhouse. LSU Alexandria students can attend for $3.

Reserve a ticket by Jan. 24 by calling Dessie Williams at 473-6473. Checks should be made payable to LSUA. They can be mailed to Dessie S. Williams, LSUA, 8100 Highway 71 South, Alexandria, LA 71302-9121.

A native of Blackshear, Georgia, McClendon is a 1990 graduate of Morehouse College in Atlanta. He graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration with a concentration in banking and finance. He also is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. In 1994, McClendon earned a Doctor of Jurisprudence from The Emory University School of Law in Atlanta and is a member of the State Bar of Georgia.

McClendon joined Texas A&M University’s staff in 1995 as coordinator of student retention and development in the Department of Multicultural Services, becoming the department’s interim assistant director in 1998. In 1999, he assumed the position of assistant provost, and he was named the university’s chief of staff in 2002.

While pursuing his law degree, McClendon was involved in several projects, including a clinical rotation with the Office of Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education.

McClendon frequently serves as a public speaker on topics such as leadership, educational opportunity and personal motivation, and he is active in community service. He serves as a mentor for youth and is a member of the national board of directors for the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. He has been recognized as one of the “Outstanding Young Men of America.”