Paul Sekyere-Nyantakyi '93, M.D.
William M. Kelso
Brian P. Lamb
Randolph-Macon College President Robert R. Lindgren has announced that the college will confer honorary degrees on four distinguished leaders at its Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 31, 2014.
Brit Hume will receive the Honorary Doctor of Letters degree and will also serve as the Commencement speaker. With more than 43 years of journalism experience to draw from, Hume currently serves as a senior political analyst for FOX News Channel (FNC) and contributes to all major political coverage. Hume also is regular panelist on FOX’s weekly public affairs program, FOX News Sunday. Before joining FOX News in 1996, Hume was with ABC News for 23 years, serving as chief White House correspondent from 1989 through 1996. During his tenure, he contributed to World News Tonight with Peter Jennings, Nightline and This Week as well as various specials for the news division.
Hume stepped down as anchor of Special Report in 2008 after more than 10 years at the helm of the program. Under his leadership, Special Report was the highest-rated political program on cable television. In this capacity, Hume also served as the Washington managing editor and was responsible for overseeing news content for FOX News’ Washington bureau. He also anchored all network coverage for every presidential election from 1996-2008. Most recently, Hume served as a panelist during the 2012 Democratic and Republican Conventions.
Hume joined ABC in 1973 as a consultant for the network’s documentary division and was named a Washington correspondent in 1976. He was later promoted to Capitol Hill correspondent and reported on Congress until 1988.
Earlier, Hume reported for United Press International, beginning his career as a newspaper reporter with The Hartford Times and the Baltimore Evening Sun.
He has received numerous honors and awards, including the 2003 Sol Taishoff Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism from the National Press Foundation and a 1991 Emmy Award for his coverage of the Gulf War. The author of the books Inside Story and Death and the Mines, Hume was named The Best in the Business by the American Journalism Review for his extensive news coverage of the White House.
Hume, who earned his B.A. from University of Virginia, lives in Hume, Virginia with his wife Kim Schiller Hume.
Paul Sekyere-Nyantakyi ’93, M.D., the Chief Executive Officer of MDS-Lancet Laboratories in Accra, Ghana, will receive the Honorary Doctor of Science degree.
In 1990, at the age of 30, Sekyere-Nyantakyi arrived at Randolph-Macon College with a goal of completing his undergraduate degree in three years. He was met by Biology Professor Wallace Martin, who became his advisor, mentor and friend. Described by Martin as having a “quick, near-brilliant mind,” Sekyere-Nyantakyi engaged in a difficult, pre-medical curriculum within the framework of the Honors Program.
Sekyere-Nyantakyi worked his way through college as a lab assistant in the Chemistry and Biology Departments; a research assistant in Dr. Art Conway' research lab; and by driving a taxi in Washington, D.C. A recipient of the Watts Scholarship for Biology and the Edwin Vaughan Scholarship, he graduated magna cum laude from R-MC in 1993. A Phi Beta Kappa member, he indeed completed a challenging pre-med program in three years. Offered scholarships by UVA, Harvard, and Hopkins medical schools, Sekyere-Nyantakyi earned his Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) from The Johns Hopkins Medical School in 1997 and interned at Yale Medical School.
Dr. Sekyere-Nyantakyi returned to Ghana and established Quest Healthcare, a private healthcare company in Ghana that provides medical diagnostic/preventive services to private and public clinics and hospitals. In order to fulfill his ambition of establishing a world-class diagnostic center in Ghana, Quest Healthcare partnered with Lancet Laboratories, South Africa to form a new joint venture, MDS-Lancet Laboratories Ghana Limited.
MDS-Lancet Laboratories is the leading private medical laboratory service in Ghana, processing more than 700 patient samples daily. The Lab runs free screening for Hepatitis B annually on World Hepatitis Day. Over 5000 people have been screened in partnership with the Okyeame Kwame Hep B Foundation in 3 years. In 2011, 2012, and 2013 the lab won the Gold category of the Ghana-Africa Business Awards.
Dr. Sekyere-Nyantakyi and his wife Sarpomaa are the parents of three daughters.
William M. Kelso, Ph.D. will receive the Honorary Doctor of Science degree. Kelso is the Director of Research & Interpretation of Jamestown Rediscovery at Historic Jamestowne, a site jointly managed by Preservation Virginia and the National Park Service. He has built a reputation as one of America’s foremost historical archaeologists in Early American history. Previously, he served as director of archaeology at Colonial Williamsburg’s Carter’s Grove, Monticello and Poplar Forest. Kelso is also commissioner of archaeology for the Virginia Historic Landmarks Commission.
In 1993, Kelso’s interest in finding James Fort on Jamestown Island, Virginia led him to leave his position at Monticello to work at Preservation Virginia (then known as the Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities). Until then, the Preservation Virginia had largely discouraged excavations on their land and advocated not disturbing the grounds. Kelso was able to get the association’s Board of Trustees to shift that policy and launch a 10-year archaeological search led by him. The excavation began in 1994 and just two years later, Kelso and a small staff discovered the remains of James Fort, dispelling the long-held belief that the fort was lost to the James River. This finding became Preservation Virginia’s significant contribution to Virginia’s 400th anniversary celebration of Jamestown in 2007.
Kelso has lectured throughout the United States and Europe. He has authored or contributed to numerous books and articles on archaeology including Jamestown: The Buried Truth (University of Virginia Press, 2008), Kingsmill Plantation, 1619-1800: Archaeology of Country Life in Colonial Virginia (University of Virginia Press, 2004), and APVA Jamestown Rediscovery I: Search for 1607 James Fort (Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities, 1995).
Kelso earned his B.A. in history from Baldwin-Wallace College, his master’s in history from the College of William and Mary and his Ph.D. from Emory University. He resides in Jamestown, Virginia with his wife Ellen.
Brian P. Lamb, journalist and founder, executive chairman and now retired CEO of C-SPAN, will receive the Honorary Doctor of Letters degree.
Lamb has been at the helm of the public affairs channel since he helped the cable industry launch it in 1979. He has also been a regular on-air presence at C-SPAN since the network’s earliest days. Over the years, he has interviewed Presidents Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Clinton, and George W. Bush and many world leaders such as Margaret Thatcher and Mikhail Gorbachev. For 15 years, beginning in 1989, he interviewed 800 non-fiction authors for a weekly program known as Booknotes. Currently, he hosts Q and A, an interview program with people who are making things happen in politics, media, education or technology.
After graduating from Purdue University with a degree in speech, Lamb joined the Navy. His tour included the USS Thuban, White House duty during the Johnson Administration and a stint in the Pentagon public affairs office during the Vietnam War.
In 1967, his navy service complete, Lamb returned home to Lafayette, Indiana. Before long he returned to the nation’s capital where he began as a freelance reporter for UPI radio. Later, he served as a Senate press secretary and worked for the White House Office of Telecommunications Policy at a time when a national strategy was being developed for communications satellites. In 1974, he returned to journalism, publishing a biweekly newsletter called The Media Report. He also covered telecommunications issues as Washington bureau chief for Cablevision Magazine.In 2007, Lamb received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, our nation’s highest civilian honor, for his visionary contribution to America’s democracy.Lamb served on the Randolph-Macon Board of Trustees from 1991-1994. He and his wife Victoria live in Arlington, Virginia.
Randolph-Macon College’s Commencement ceremony will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 31, 2014 at the R-MC Frank E. Brown Fountain Plaza on Henry Street. (In the event of rain, Commencement will be held in the Randolph-Macon Brock Sports and Recreation Center, located at 400 N. Center Street, at 10:00 a.m.)