TWC to celebrate Burkett Witt's Honorary Doctorate

Posted on: April 14, 2014

At a special dinner celebration on Tuesday, April 29, TWC will celebrate the college's granting of an Honorary Doctorate of Public Service to longtime friend of the college Burkett Witt.

At a special dinner celebration on Tuesday, April 29, Tennessee Wesleyan College will celebrate the college’s granting of an Honorary Doctorate of Public Service to longtime friend of the college Burkett Witt. The celebration will begin at 6 p.m. in TWC’s Sherman Dining Hall.

Witt’s Honorary Doctorate will be granted at the college’s Commencement service the following Saturday.

“This honorary doctorate and dinner celebration is all about recognizing Burkett’s impact in the lives of hundreds of Tennessee Wesleyan alumni, as well as the citizens of Athens, McMinn County, and the State of Tennessee,” said Randy Nelson, TWC vice president for advancement.

Witt started his relationship with Tennessee Wesleyan students in 1949 when he ran Bo and Pete’s Southern Soda Shop, affectionately called the “Slop Shop” by the students. In 1956, he began his 16-year career on TWC’s campus serving students and being a trusted confidant for the generations of students who would go on to be leaders in the Athens community and beyond.

Following his career at the college, Witt continued his service to the region and went on to serve as the Mayor of Athens.

In lieu of charging for the meal at Witt’s dinner celebration, TWC invite attendees to make a gift or pledge of support to the college to honor Burkett through the naming of a room in the new TWC Campus Center. TWC is actively fundraising for the campus center project and is projecting to begin construction in the summer of 2016.

All gifts received in Witt’s honor will be used to create a fitting display that celebrates Burkett’s legacy at Tennessee Wesleyan for generations to come.

The college is also collecting notes, letters, and cards to give to Witt during the event. Notes, cards, and letters may be mailed to the TWC Advancement Office or sent by email to sclifton@twcnet.edu.

Limited seating is available for the dinner celebration. To RSVP by April 22, contact Stacie Clifton, TWC advancement coordinator, by phone at 423-746-5330 or by email at sclifton@twcnet.edu.