It was a bittersweet moment for the members of the Columbia Branch of the National Association of University Women at its final meeting for this program year, as outgoing President, Jeannette S. Dozier passes the gavel to incoming President, Lillie J. James. Perhaps the longest serving local president of the Columbia Branch for more than 10 years, Dozier has provided stellar leadership and has brought the organization to higher heights and greater works. Most recently, she steered the Columbia Branch as it hosted a most successful Southeast Sectional Conference at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel last September.
During her tenure, Dozier has spearheaded programs and raised thousands of dollars in scholarship money that have been awarded to high school graduates throughout the Midlands as well as students at Benedict College and Allen University. She has led efforts to bring awareness to pressing topics such as: Aids/HIV, human trafficking, aging/dementia, literacy, higher education voting rights and support for HBCU's. Jeannette Dozier served the Columbia Branch with diligence, dignity and distinction, for which she received a standing ovation for the outstanding service rendered during her terms in office.
Her final act as President of the Columbia Branch was to induct and welcome two new members, Julia Campbell and Doris Hudson. Incoming President Lillie James has a long history of serving NAUW that dates back to her high school days, when she was selected to join as a Young University Woman. She pledged to build upon the legacy of Dozier and others who have led the organization.