Barbara Goodmon to speak at Barton graduation

Posted May 20, 2009 8:15 p.m. EDT

— Barbara Lyons Goodmon, president and executive director of the A.J. Fletcher Foundation, will be the featured speaker at the 107th annual commencement exercises of Barton College in Wilson.

Born in Meridian, Miss., Goodmon was raised in Memphis, Tenn. She moved to Raleigh upon her marriage in 1969 to James Fletcher Goodmon, president and CEO of Capitol Broadcasting Company and chair of the board for the A.J. Fletcher Foundation and The Fletcher Academy School of Achievement.

Goodmon graduated from the St. Joseph’s School of Nursing in Memphis in 1965, earning her Registered Nurse licensure. In 1994, she graduated magna cum laude from Meredith College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and later completed a Master of Liberal Studies degree from North Carolina State University in 2000.

Goodmon will also be receiving the Doctor of Laws degree, honoris causa, from Barton College during this year’s commencement.

Barton's graduation ceremony is scheduled for Sunday, May 24, on center campus at 1:30 p.m.