Dr. Melinda Strickland will deliver the keynote address during the commencement ceremony.
Strickland is currently in her 30th year in education in the Floyd County School System in Georgia. Presently serving as principal of the Floyd County Education Center, Strickland has held many administrative positions during her time with the Floyd County Schools system, including assistant principal for discipline at Model High School, Armuchee Middle and High Schools, and principal at Model Middle School.
Strickland started her educational career at Cleveland State, where she received her associate of science degree. From Cleveland State, she went on to receive her bachelor of science from Berry College and her master of education from the State University of West Georgia. She went on to receive her education specialist from Jacksonville State University, and later completed her doctoral degree from Nova Southeastern University.
Her book, “More Than a Test Score: Strategies for Empowering Youth at Risk,” was published recently. She is president of the Georgia Association of Alternative Education, and she presents across the globe on working with at-risk youth, empowerment and service-learning.
Strickland was recently inducted into CSCC’s inaugural class of the Athletic Hall of Fame. She was a member of the women’s basketball team for the 1978–79 and 1979–80 seasons where she was an All-American honorable mention, All-Conference forward on the Eastern Division team, and MVP of the Chattanooga Tip-Off Tournament and the Cleveland Coca-Cola Classic Tournament.
She is married to Tim Strickland and has two children, Meredith and Jake, and two stepsons, Trevor and Tylan.
For those who are unable to attend the commencement ceremony, it will also be broadcast live online through the Cleveland State website at www.clevelandstatecc.eduand on WTNB Channel 5 at 10 a.m.