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Brenda Lilienthal Welburn ’67

Brenda Lilienthal Welburn ’67 before her retirement as executive director of the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE), wrote about issues of education policy development and implementation. She just released her first work of fiction, The Time Travels of Annie Sesstry, Sly As A Fox, the first of a trilogy. Brenda describes her book as "the history of the MacElmurry-Calhoun family as told through the travels of Annie Sesstry--a smart, sassy, and artistically talented African American teen who is resistant to her parents' efforts to instill in her an appreciation for family history and African American culture." Brenda continued, “On a family outing, Annie, her sister Emma and cousin Josh fall through a time portal that takes them back to Crawford County, Georgia in 1867. They meet their fourth-generation great-grandparents and a slew of ancestral aunts and uncles, experiencing the post-Civil War South during Reconstruction. Their adventures give a whole new meaning to the idea of family.”

Brenda considers SCA a foundation for her writing. “I think the cumulative instruction I received at SCA influenced the quality of my writing,” she said. “Regarding the content of my writing, I would say that reading and writing go hand in hand. The diversity of reading assignments across disciplines and topics motivated and stimulated my love of reading and ultimately my facility for writing.”

In 2013, Brenda was honored with NASBE’s Friend of Education Award. The national award is given annually to an individual or organization whose contributions to education are significant and enduring. “It is hard to imagine someone more deserving of this award than Brenda,” said NASBE President Patrick Guida. “I know of no greater advocate for equity in education or for state boards than Brenda. Throughout her career, she has been a leader whose influence was exceeded only by her inspiration of us all.” To learn more about Brenda, please visit www.brendawelburn.com.