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  • Alice Carson Tisdale and Henry N. Tisdale Endowed Scholarship Fund
    Elizabeth City State University
    1704 Weeksville Road
    Elizabeth City, NC 27909

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ECSU Gold Emblem 1891 “Our heartfelt sympathies and prayers for Mrs. Alice Carson Tisdale's family, loved ones, friends and associates. In remembrance, we will miss her...Read More »
1 of 36 | Posted by: Dr. Charles L. Singleton - SC

“My deepest condolences to her husband and the entire family also to her Claflin family. She will always remain a beautiful jewel and a treasure to...Read More »
2 of 36 | Posted by: Denise Ellis - Branchville, SC

“So sorry to hear of Mrs. Tisdale s passing! She will truly be missed! ”
3 of 36 | Posted by: Gail Richardsin - Orangeburg, SC

“An Esteemed Phenomenal Woman of God First Lady Emeritus Mrs Alice Carson Tisdale will be sorely missed. “May the God of hope fill you with all...Read More »
4 of 36 | Posted by: Bessie Byrd - Orangeburg, SC

“I was honor to have the privilege to meet Mrs. Tisdale through my dear confidante and my son' Godmother, Gloria Kirkland. The times I shared with her...Read More »
5 of 36 | Posted by: Shirley B. Caldwell - Orangeburg, SC

“In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always. My heart will forever remember our friendship. ”
6 of 36 | Posted by: Gloria K. Kirkland - Friend

“Please accept my heartfelt condolences on the passing of your loved one. I had the wonderful opportunity to meet Alice when I moved to Dover,...Read More »
7 of 36 | Posted by: Josephine Jones - Toledo, OH

“To Dr. Tisdale (and the entire Tisdale Family):The Administration, Board of Trustees, faculty and staff of Delaware State University wish to express...Read More »
8 of 36 | Posted by: Tony Allen, Ph.D. - Dover, DE

“Deepest condolences ”
9 of 36 | Posted by: Carolyn & James Young - SC

“Dr. Tisdale and Family,I am writing to express my deepest condolences during this time of loss of the lovely Mrs. Alice Tisdale. During my service...Read More »
10 of 36 | Posted by: Schiria Wilson - Columbia, SC

“I express my sympathy to the Tisdale family. Alice was a beautiful soul, who will be dearly missed by all who knew her. It's my prayer that God will...Read More »
11 of 36 | Posted by: Joyce Bowers - Dover, DE - Friend

“It is with a moment in time to say to the Tisdale/Carson family of how much we will cherish Alice memories and the impact she left behind. We truly...Read More »
12 of 36 | Posted by: DIANNE PAUL - Summerville, SC

“I love you my dear Alice Rose. Did you know that as a child, I wanted to grow up and be just like you! Oh, how I looked up to you...your style, your...Read More »
13 of 36 | Posted by: Lisa Richards Toney - Washington, DC

“Hank, my condolences to you and the family on the loss Alice. She will be truly missed. ”
14 of 36 | Posted by: Terry Walker Toliver - Newark, DE

“Our heartfelt condolences to the Tisdale and Carson family,to God be the glory. ”
15 of 36 | Posted by: Arthur & Sylvia Ellis - SC

“Our hearts were saddened to learn of the passing of Alice. We've known her, her husband, children, parents and siblings for many years as a Delaware...Read More »
16 of 36 | Posted by: Clifton & Terry Coleman - Camden, DE

“To the Tisdale family we will keep you lifted up in prayers. ”
17 of 36 | Posted by: Marcus Denny Terry - Orangeburg, SC

“Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.(John 14:1)Mrs. Alice Carson Tisdale was a beautiful lady and she loved to help...Read More »
18 of 36 | Posted by: Shirley Biggs - Orangeburg, SC

“Dr. Tisdale & Family,We are so sorry to hear of the loss of Mrs. Tisdale. Both of you are lights in our community and our family. I talk about you at...Read More »
19 of 36 | Posted by: Ernest Shaw - Irmo, SC - Family

“Dr. Tisdale and the Tisdale and Carson Families, Mrs. Tisdale will be sorely missed. She meant so much to me and my family. Her legacy will live on...Read More »
20 of 36 | Posted by: Courtney McLeod Bryant - SC

“I can remember 4 years ago dropping my daughter off at Claflin. I was trying not to cry, but could see that she had started crying as she walked...Read More »
21 of 36 | Posted by: Carol Gober - Myrtle Beach, SC

“To the Tisdale Family you do not grieve alone for Alice Rose. That was my name for her while we attende Elizabeth City State University. We called...Read More »
22 of 36 | Posted by: Brewsena M Jackson - Conway, SC

“Dr. Henry N. Tisdale and Family:Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. We pray that your faith will continue to be your anchor in...Read More »
23 of 36 | Posted by: Gloria and Rev. Larry McCutcheon - SC

“Heartfelt Sympathy to the Tisdale and Carson Family. May God's Love, Grace, and Mercy comfort you during your time of bereavement. ”
24 of 36 | Posted by: David Smith - Orangeburg, SC

“Condolences and prayers to the family. Hold to God's unchanging hand ”
25 of 36 | Posted by: Betty Casteal - Springfield, SC

“Our heartfelt Sympathy to the Tisdale Family. May God's Love, Grace, and Mercy comfort you in this season. ”
26 of 36 | Posted by: Mr. Richard L. Johnson, Ph.D and Mrs. Monica E. Johnson Johnson - SC

“I am praying for the family ”
27 of 36 | Posted by: Linda S Badget - Orangeburg, SC

“"Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his faithful servants." ...Read More »
28 of 36 | Posted by: Keith and Joyce Shaw Battiste - SC

“So sorry to hear of Mrs Tisdale's passing. To the Tisdale family remember, "Those who have died have not left. She is in the rustling trees..." Mrs....Read More »
29 of 36 | Posted by: Rev. Robin Dease - Hartsville, SC

“So sorry to hear of Mrs Tisdale's passing. To the Tisdale family remey, "Those who have died have not left. She is in the rustling trees..." Mrs....Read More »
30 of 36 | Posted by: Rev. Robin Dease - Hartsville, SC

“Our heartfelt prayers and sympathy to the entire Tisdale Family. May God's peace and blessings remain with you during this season and beyond. ”
31 of 36 | Posted by: Julius & Linda Page - Orangeburg, SC

“My thoughts and prayers are with the Tisdale and Carson families. Mrs. Tisdale's contributions to Claflin were enormous. As a couple, the Tisdale...Read More »
32 of 36 | Posted by: Peggy Ratliff - Orangeburg, SC

“Dolores and Don Blakey are sorry to learn of the passing of one of their favorite people, Alice Carson Tisdale. She was an exciting person who can be...Read More »
33 of 36 | Posted by: Don & Dolres Blakey - Dover, DE

“You were the epitome of finer womanhood, in your dress, your style, your personality, your loving, and your caring and giving of yourself. You...Read More »
34 of 36 | Posted by: Verlie A. Tisdale - Orangeburg, SC

“My ride and die friend in the early 80s I love you and will miss our conversations laughing until I see u again. ”
35 of 36 | Posted by: Rosa Smith - Dover, DE - Friend

“Mrs. Tisdale was my 7th grade teacher and she was one of the BEST!!! May she rest in peace... love her.Shawnetta Brown ”
36 of 36 | Posted by: Shawnetta Brown - New Castle, DE


Alice Carson Tisdale, the retired first lady for whom the Claflin honors college is named, has died, the university announced Saturday evening.
Mrs. Tisdale and her husband and Claflin's eighth president, Dr. Henry N. Tisdale, retired in 2019 after 25 years at the helm of the Orangeburg university.
In raising Claflin to a nationally and regionally acclaimed university, Henry and Alice Tisdale always said they were a team.

"We started talking before we got to Claflin. We knew that we could not successfully uplift Claflin and take it to the next level without the both of us. He was so into the academic part of Claflin and raising the standards and so forth, and I was too. That's how the honors college came about, but there were also other areas that I was interested in," Mrs. Tisdale said in 2019.

The Times and Democrat selected the couple as T&D Person of the Year in 2013, the only time in the 11 years of the honor that two people have been recognized.
"Mrs. Tisdale played a pivotal role and joined her husband, President Emeritus Dr. Henry N. Tisdale, in shaping the 25-year success story of Claflin University," Claflin President Dr. Dwaun J. Warmack said. "Not only did Mrs. Tisdale help strengthen the academic profile of the university through the honors college, but she also displayed compassion, guidance, and kindness to hundreds of students who passed through the halls of Claflin. We are forever grateful for her visionary leadership."

Mrs. Tisdale was director of the honors college, which the university's trustees named in her honor in 1996.
"When I got here, we had 84 students in the honors program. It was called an honors program back then. We now have over 250 students. We raised the standards for admission into the honors college as well as across the board. We looked at recruitment strategies," Mrs. Tisdale said in 2019.
During her tenure, the graduation and retention rate of Alice Carson Tisdale Honors College students surpassed 80% and produced the university's first-ever Truman Scholar. Honors college students have been selected for the J. William Fulbright, Thomas R. Pickering, Gates Millennium and other national scholarships and awards.

Mrs. Tisdale also was proud of other initiatives: the annual Presidential Scholarship Gala, which recognizes and supports the university's Presidential Scholars, and the parting ceremony, which features freshmen walking through an Arch of Confidence as they embark upon their college journey.
She was instrumental in the success of the First Lady's Hats and Gloves Scholarship Tea, which raises money for scholarships for Claflin students.
At the 13th annual event in March 2019, Mrs. Tisdale revealed that she was being treated for breast cancer.
"I want to confess to you this evening that life does indeed keep us busy and often presents us with many curves and challenges, some joyful, some not so joyful," she told the audience. "Such as been my case over the last three to four months. ... I have since been diagnosed with breast cancer. I have been in treatment for a time and trust me when I say that I am progressing well."
The diagnosis did not diminish her optimism heading into retirement.
"Having had plenty of time and opportunity to reflect, refocus and reset, I don't need sympathy or sorrow because I don't plan to sit around and do nothing. I plan to, in the words of Jill Scott, live my life like it's golden."

Mrs. Tisdale said she and her husband always joked about which one really got the job as Claflin president.
Dr. Tisdale was inaugurated as the university's eighth president on Oct. 14, 1995, under the theme "The Claflin Imperative: Building on Excellence."
"It's funny because we interviewed before the board, I sat in there, too. And he gave this wonderful presentation and then they asked me to tell them a little bit about myself and if I had any remarks I'd like to make. I thought, 'Oh, God, I'm going to blow it for the man.'
"But then the interesting thing was I just started talking. I didn't talk long, but I guess I said enough because when I finished, they all applauded. So to this day we joke about who really got the job. I say it's me, and he said it's him," she said.

Mrs. Tisdale, a native of Montgomery, Ala., graduated from Wagner High School, Clark Air Base, Philippines and received her B.S. and M.Ed. degrees at Elizabeth City State University and Salisbury State University, respectively. Mrs. Tisdale lived in Delaware for decades before moving to Orangeburg. It was in Delaware where she began working with middle school students. In 1986, she received the District Teacher of the Year award while teaching in the Smyrna School District in Smyrna, Delaware. Before moving to Orangeburg in 1994, she taught in that district for 21 years. In 1991, she received the State Chamber of Commerce "Superstars! In Education Award" from the State of Delaware for innovative teaching strategies and later, the "NAACP Educator of the Year Award" from the Dover, Delaware, Central Branch of the NAACP.

In 2011, she received the Community Service Award from the Delta Zeta Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. and was the recipient of the IMARA Magazine Community Service Award. She received the 2012 Education Award from the Orangeburg Branch of the NAACP.

In September 2014, she received the Order of the Palmetto, the highest civilian award in the State of South Carolina, presented by former S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley.
She had a ubiquitous presence on a slate of community boards and organizations. She served on the Governor's Mansion and Lace House Commission; board member, The Oaks; past national president and secretary/treasurer of the National Association of African American Honors Programs; past board chair of the Orangeburg County Salvation Army; and past board chair of the Orangeburg County Community of Character. She was also a member and co-founder/director of the "Praise Kids" children's Christian Theater at Trinity United Methodist Church in Orangeburg.

Mrs. Tisdale was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church. She also was a member of the Beta Zeta Omega

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