Sunday, March 8, 2015

HISTORY HIGHLIGHT: The Minority Engineering Program Salutes the Legacy of Marion Williamson Blalock

Marion Williamson Blalock a national leader who devoted over 30 years of her life to recruiting, retaining and graduating under-represented students in the College of Engineering officially retired on August 31, 2008. The platform of K-12 engineering programs and services that were developed at Purdue University are now being implemented across the nation because of the leadership of Marion Williamson Blalock.

Marion Williamson Blalock held the position of Director of Minority Engineering Programs from 1974 through 2008.  More than 2700 degrees in engineering have been offered to students from historically underrepresented engineering groups at Purdue University from 1974 to 2014.  Her programs have been nationally recognized as a benchmark in engineering practices.

Ms. Blalock was and still is regarded as instrumental for student success.  As a mentor, mother, confidant, businesswoman, and rebuker, Ms. Blalock invested her life and strength in the students that she served without reservation.  She is a national leader in developing, implementing and assessing programs and services to increase the outreach, recruitment, retention and graduation of under-served students pursuing engineering.

A Gospel Brunch was held  in her honor sponsored by the Purdue Black Alumni Organization during the 2008 Purdue University Homecoming weekend.  The Minority Engineering Program staff is indebted to the legacy she has passed on.  We wish her well in her future endeavors.

*Originally Posted May 23rd, 2013*

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