Ken Chapman of Brookhaven was recently inducted into Copiah-Lincoln Community College’s Delta Alpha Chapter of Sigma Kappa Delta’s Literary Hall of Fame. Periodically, a former student or faculty member who has distinguished himself or herself through writing in his or her chosen field of study is selected by a Literary Hall of Fame Committee of Sigma Kappa Delta as the recipient of this award.
Chapman received a bachelor’s degree in library science and history from The University of Mississippi. He has served as library director at Co-Lin since 1976. He also serves as self-study director for the campus’ Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) accreditation committee, and was instrumental in the College’s accreditation reaffirmations in 1985, 1995 and 2005, and is currently working towards reaffirmation in 2015.
He began preserving and collecting Co-Lin historical information and archives in 2009, and is the author of a brief history of the college, Almost a Hundred, A Look at Copiah-Lincoln 1914-2013. Chapman was the first recipient of the Co-Lin Alumni Association’s outstanding staff member of the year award in 1997, and received the Trillium yearbook dedication in 2012. He is a member of Brookhaven’s First Baptist Church, and is a past president of the Brookhaven Breakfast Kiwanis Club and a past president and secretary of the Mississippi Library Association. He is married to Susan Chapman, and they have two children, Jim and Beth, and three grandchildren.
Chapman is the 26th member to be inducted into the Literary Hall of Fame since its formation in in 1983. Members of the Copiah-Lincoln Literary Hall of Fame include the late J. Edgar Simmons, poet, 1983; the late Paul Pittman, journalist, 1984; James A. Bateman, poet, 1985; Dr. Ben H. Douglas, medical researcher, 1986; the late Dr. J. Roland Hamilton, college professor, 1987; the late Dr. H. Hardy Perritt, college professor, 1988; Dr. Ray O. Hammoms, agricultural researcher, 1989; Cr. Charles O. Cannon, college professor, 1990; the late Rev. Graham Hodges, minister, 1991; Dr. Doug Davis, historical and military, 1992; Charles Thornton, former prisoner of war, 1993; Ann H. Hawkins, author, professional speaker and former member of Copiah-Lincoln faculty and administrative staff, 1994; Molly C. Mandel, journalist, 1995; Gayle M. Ross, author and publisher, 1996; the late Dr. Phyllis H. Lanier, former member of Copiah-Lincoln faculty, 1997; David Guynes, writer, 1998; Dr. Carl W. Cobb, college professor, 1999; Dr. Catherine Cotton, college professor, 2000; Nancy Dykes, former member of Copiah-Lincoln faculty, 2001; Burlian Walker, former member of Copiah-Lincoln faculty and administrative staff, 2002; Tricia Walker, singer/songwriter, 2003; Dr. Durr Walker, former Copiah-Lincoln humanities division chair/instructor and author, 2004; David Campbell, former member of Co-Lin faculty/staff and writer, 2008; Edna Earle Crews, former member of Co-Lin faculty/staff and writer, 2010; and Elizabeth Clayton, educator and writer, 2012.
Pencil portraits and caricatures created by retired art instructor Tom Ross honoring each Hall of Fame member are on display in the Mutton building on the Wesson campus, as well as display cases containing books, manuscripts, photos and other memorabilia donated to Co-Lin by the recipients.