2014 Meeting Programs
September 4th Program Details
Featured Speaker: Mr. Tom Houlihan
"World War One - The Forgotten War"
Dr. Tom Houlihan will present the program "World War I - The Forgotten War" at the September 4 meeting of the Granville County Genealogical Society at 6:30 p.m. in the large conference room of the Richard H. Thornton Library in Oxford.
While studying American Foreign Diplomacy at Indiana University, Dr. Houlihan and two of his fraternity brothers had a lifelong dream of traveling to Belgium and France in order to better understand the impact of World War I. They started their journey in Belgium and proceeded to trace the Western Front through France to see firsthand how the war impacted the lives of service members who fought in the war. In his presentation, Dr. Houlihan will share the group's findings, describe places of interest and reflect upon the war.
An accomplished educator with a long and distinguished career, Dr. Tom Houlihan served as Superintendent of Granville County Schools from 1985 to 1990. During this time, he was named North Carolina Superintendent of the Year in 1989 and was also a finalist for National Superintendent of the Year.
Dr. Houlihan currently serves as President and CEO (Chief Executive Officer) for two nonprofits: The New Day Partnership; and the Institute for Breakthrough Performance. The New Day Partnership provides resources for caregivers of individuals with chronic illnesses such as diabetes. The Institute for Breakthrough Performance brings professional development to teachers and principals/ administrators from public school systems in the areas of total quality education (TQE) and leadership.
Dr. Houlihan received a Bachelor of Science degree in History from Indiana University, a Master's of Education degree in Counseling from N.C. State University and a Doctorate in Education from UNC-Chapel Hill.
An active community volunteer, Houlihan serves as a West Oxford Elementary School tutor, a Granville County Community Foundation Board member, Rotary Club member and an Oxford Baptist Church Deacon. He is a past member of the Vance-Granville Community College Board of Trustees and the North Carolina State Board of Community Colleges.
Most recently, Houlihan was elected to serve on the Granville County Board of Education, representing District 2. He will be sworn in this coming December.
Dr. Houlihan and his wife, Diane, live in Oxford and have one son, Drew, and two grandchildren.
Please join the members of the Granville County Genealogical Society at 6:30 P.M. on September 4, 2014
in the large conference room at the Richard H. Thornton Library in Oxford. Visitors are always welcome and are encouraged to join in this presentation.
All GCGS meetings are open to the public and guests are cordially invited to attend.