Methodist University will hold its annual 2017 Spring Convocation at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 6, in Huff Concert Hall in Reeves Fine Arts Building. This year’s event will feature Dr. Eric Mansfield, who will speak on “Challenges That African Americans Face in Education, Health, and Profession.” Traditionally, the spring convocation event is a celebration of Black History Month. The event is free and open to the public.
“We are excited to have Dr. Eric Mansfield speak at our Spring Convocation,” said Executive Vice President and Academic Dean of the University Dr. Delmas Crisp. “Dr. Mansfield’s experiences as a medical doctor, state senator, entrepreneur and businessman, minister, and retired military physician inform a personal story that will inspire students to work hard while in college and look for opportunities to better themselves and society.”
Mansfield is the founder of Cape Fear Otolaryngology in Fayetteville, which opened in 2001. Mansfield was born in Louisiana, but grew up in Columbus, Ga. He received his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Howard University in Washington, D.C., his M.D. from Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta and completed his residency at Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans. An ordained minister, Mansfield served as a N.C. State Senator and once ran for lieutenant governor. He is also a retired U.S. Army physician.
Mansfield was a member of the MU Board of Trustees from Oct. 2005-June 2014 and the Loyalty Campaign Chair in 2011. He has also served on the MU Health Care Administration Advisory Board.