The following biographical sketch was compiled at the time of induction into the Academy in 2002, and updated in May 2010.
Dr. Cordell Wynn was President of Stillman College from January 1, 1982, until his retirement June 30, 1997. His broad experience as a professional educator includes positions at each educational level ranging from classroom teacher to guidance counselor; principal and superintendent to college professor, dean, and president.
A native of Eatonton, Georgia, Dr. Wynn held an A.A. degree from Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts; a B.S. from The Fort Valley State College, Fort Valley, Georgia; M.Ed. from South Carolina State University, Orangeburg, South Carolina; and a professional diploma from Teachers College, Columbus University, New York City. He received his Ed.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia. Dr. Wynn also received honorary degrees from the University of Alabama, West Alabama University, Alma College, Stillman College, Marion Military Institute, and Alabama Agriculture and Mechanical University. He engaged in additional study in several fields at many prestigious institutions of higher learning and was a 1983 graduate of Harvard University’s Institute on Educational Management.
Dr. Wynn was past Chairman of the Presidents of UNCF Member Institutions and of the Board of Directors of the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education. He chaired the 1990 National Conference on Blacks in Higher Education and was Vice-Chairman for the 1989 Conference. Other national memberships include the Presidents’ Commission of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, the Historically Black College and Universities Capital Financing Advisory Board, the Board of Directors of the Council of Independent Colleges, the Appeals Board of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, the President’s Advisory Council for the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, and the Board of Directors of the American Council on Education. He was Special Assistant to the President of Shelton State Community College, Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
Among his many honors and awards are: the coveted “Eleanor Roosevelt Human Relations Award” from George Washington University, the 1980 “Outstanding Alumnus Award” from the University of Georgia, induction into the Alumni Hall of Fame at the Fort Valley State University, the State of Alabama’s 1987 “College Administrator of the Year,” the 1991 “Distinguished Leadership Award for Four-Year Colleges and Universities,” Tuscaloosa County’s 1992 “Citizen of the Year,” and the 1993 Martin Luther King, Jr., “Educator of the Year” award from the National Southern Christian Leadership Conference. He is also the recipient of the 1996 “Higher Education Award” from the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).
At the time of his retirement, he was named President Emeritus of Stillman College, Trustee Emeritus of the University of Alabama System, a Paul Harris Fellow by the Tuscaloosa Rotary Club, and emeritus member of the President’s Roundtable of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). He was inducted into the Tuscaloosa County Civic Hall of Fame – Class of 2002.
Dr. Wynn was married to the former Annie Marie Lundy of Macon, Georgia. They had three daughters and six grandchildren and are members of Brown Memorial Presbyterian Church where he was an elder.
Dr. Wynn died on April 28, 2010.