Wallace L. Chandler, life trustee of Elon University, dies at 94


Wallace L. Chandler, who served for three years as president of the board of directors and adviser to the presidents of Elon died on August 25 at the age of 94.

Born October 18, 1926, Chandler grew up on a tobacco plantation near South Boston, Virginia, and first enrolled in Elon in 1943. After enlisting in the military and going away from school, he then re-enrolled at Elon and graduated. in 1949. During his senior year of college, Chandler worked to establish a new student government with a new constitution, giving students a more representative voice in his life of service.

In 1967, Chandler was elected to the board of directors and was elected a trustee for life in 2008.

Chandler received the Distinguished Alumni Service Award in 1978, an Elon Honorary Doctorate in 1983, and the Elon Medallion in 2007. In 2005, the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education presented Chandler with the Ernest T. Steward Award for the voluntary involvement of alumni, a national award for service rendered to his alma mater.

His service to the university spanned more than four decades, and many facilities and scholarships bear his name, including Fountain and Chandler Square, Wallace L. Chandler Residencethe Chandler Lounge at Rhodes Stadium and the Wallace L. Chandler Scholarship Fund. He was also a member of the Numen Lumen Society which recognizes lifetime donors of $1 million or more.

He helped develop the Elon Vision Strategic Plan from 1994 to 1999 that transformed Elon from a regional college to a national institution. He also advocated for Elon to gain college status in 2001 and establish a law School in 2006.


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