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Bella S. Wheelan


Belle S. Wheelan, president of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, will be the keynote speaker at one of three commencement ceremonies to be held at Texas State on Aug. 9.

Wheelan is the first African American and the first woman to serve as president of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. Her career spans more than 30 years as a faculty member, chief student services officer, campus provost, college president and secretary of education for Virginia.

Wheelan received her bachelor’s degree from Trinity University (1972) with a double major in psychology and sociology. She received her master’s from Louisiana State University (1974) in developmental educational psychology. She holds a doctorate from the University of Texas (1984) in educational administration with a special concentration in community college leadership.

Wheelan will speak during the 10 a.m. ceremony, to be attended by degree candidates from the College of Education, the McCoy College of Business Administration and the University College.

Texas State President Denise Trauth will deliver remarks at the 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. ceremonies. Degree candidates from the College of Liberal Arts and the College of Fine Arts and Communication will attend the 2 p.m. commencement ceremony. Degree candidates from the colleges of Applied Arts, Science and Engineering, and Health Professions should attend the 6 p.m. ceremony.

All commencements will take place at Strahan Coliseum.

More than 1,600 students are candidates for undergraduate and graduate degrees at Texas State this summer.

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