Dr. E. Culpepper Clark

Clark.CullyA native of Grady County, Ga., Dr. E. Culpepper (Cully) Clark is the dean of the Grady College at The University of Georgia. He is an authority on rhetoric and debate, Southern history and culture, and civil rights and race relations.

Cully served as dean of the College of Communication and Information Sciences at The University of Alabama from 1996 to 2006. He joined UA in 1971 as an assistant professor of speech communication and associate director of forensics. In 1990, he became executive assistant to the UA president.

Prior to joining UA, he was chair of the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Alabama at Birmingham from 1979 to 1986, and chair of the Department of Communication at Georgia State University in 1986-87.

  Cully is past president of the Southern States Communication Association and has served on numerous editorial boards. He is founder and co-general editor of The University of Alabama Press Series “Studies in Rhetoric and Communication” (more than 30 books have appeared in the series, the latest, Lift Every Voice, is a much heralded anthology of African-American oratory.) Cully is widely published in both history and communications. He authored The Schoolhouse Door: Segregation’s Last Stand at the University of Alabama, published by Oxford University Press and listed among the Notable Books of 1993 by The New York Times Book Review.

 Cully has received numerous awards since 1967, including Teacher of the Year from Andrew College; Coach of the Year (1977), a national award for Directors of Forensics by the Barkley Forum of Emory University; Community Service Award (1992) from the Southern Christian Leadership Conference; Southern States Communication Association Outreach Award (1995); Distinguished Alumnus Award (1996) from Delta Sigma Rho-Tau Kappa Alpha; E. Roger Sayers Distinguished Service Award (2001) from the University of Alabama; Speaker of the Year (2004) from Delta Sigma Rho-Tau Kappa Alpha; Communications Educator of the Year (2005) from the Birmingham Ad Federation; and Communications Educator of the Year award from the Birmingham Advertising Federation.

Cully holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Emory University, and a doctorate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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