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Harold Alonza Black and Dale Greene selected to deliver fall Commencement addresses

Athens Banner-Herald

On December 15, Harold Alonza Black and Dale Greene will address the fall graduates of the University of Georgia in Stegeman Coliseum. Black will deliver the Commencement address to the undergraduate class, and Greene will speak to the graduate class.

Black was UGA’s first African-American graduate of the Terry College of Business and worked as a professor of finance for 24 years at the University of Tennessee.

Throughout his career, Black’s work has been published in leading journals in business and he was appointed to serve on the first National Credit Union Administration Board.

His legacy continues to impact the university, as the Terry College of Business established the Dr. Harold A. Black Professorship in his honor. UGA’s newest residence hall which was finished in 2022, Black-Diallo-Miller Hall, was named after Black, along with Mary Blackwell Diallo and Kerry Rushin Miller. The trio were the first African-American students to complete their undergraduate degrees at UGA.

Dale Green has served as the dean of the Warnell School of Forestry & Natural Resources since 2015. Through his tenure, Greene has helped the Warnell School grow in funding and faculty, doubling the number of professorships, scholarships, and fellowships available for students and faculty.

Greene has served as an advisor to 49 graduate students all of whom have found success within their fields of forest business, logistics, tree health, and more. He joined the Warnell School faculty in 1986 and plans to retire in January 2024. Greene said, “I’ll always be a Bulldog, and Warnell will always be home.”

Black will deliver the undergraduate Commencement address at 10 a.m. and Greene will follow for the graduate ceremony at 2 p.m.

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