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Blackwell receives university, community accolades

Baptist Children’s Homes’ (BCH) president/CEO Michael C. Blackwell received accolades from Mars Hill University (MHU) and the city of Thomasville’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Social Action Committee in recent ceremonies.

At the MHU graduation ceremony on December 15, 2017 Blackwell was conferred an honorary doctorate of humane letters.

“This university does not bestow many honorary doctorates,” MHU president Dan Lunsford said. “But few have made the impact on the life of so many North Carolina children and families as Dr. Michael Blackwell. So, it is with great honor that our Trustees confer this degree.”

Lunsford and Wayne Higgins, chair of the MHU board of trustees, presented the honorary doctorate to Blackwell, the longest-tenured leader of BCH. Blackwell marks his 35th anniversary of the organization this year. Blackwell told the audience that receiving the honorary doctorate “is truly one of the great honors of my life.