Former SU administrator dies at 97
BATON ROUGE - A dedicated Southern University administrator and staunch supporter of the Baton Rouge university Dr. Elton C. Harrison died over the weekend at the age of 97.
Harrison graduated from Southern in 1938 with a technology degree, but later returned to the university where he served as vice president of Academic Affairs and as a member of the Southern University Board of Supervisors. He was considered instrumental in the development of SU's College of Engineering, but his contributions to building strong departments of all academic disciplines, especially in the College of Sciences, were well known.
Harrison retired from Southern in 1974, but continued to remain a fixture at the university as he frequented SU football games, campus events and Board of Supervisors meetings.
Harrison was described as "an extraordinary educator who was able to envision the larger role that education played in the development of the African American community" by Acting Southern University Chancellor Flandus McClinton after he heard the news of the former administrator's Sept. 20 passing.
Harrison is the father of one son, Elton C. Harrison III. According to a university spokesperson, funeral arrangements were incomplete as of Monday.