Carson-Newman Dean to Lead Nat'l Honorary Society for Forensics, Debate

Carson-Newman College's dean of admissions has been elected as the National President of Pi Kappa Delta (PKD), the national honorary society for forensics and debate.

According to the Baptist liberal arts college, Dr. Tom Huebner will serve as president-elect until 2007 when he takes office as the forty-fourth national president in the organization's history.

"Dr. Huebner's election to the presidency of Pi Kappa Delta is no surprise to his colleagues in our communication department, in fact, it's just the icing on the cake," said his chair, Dr. Sheridan Barker, in a public announcement released last Thursday by Carson-Newman (C-N). "Tom's outstanding leadership of the College's speech and debate teams included selection as the PKD Province of the Southeast Chapter of the Year this spring. We congratulate Dr. Huebner and his debaters. They have made us proud."

Founded in 1913, PKD is America's oldest national collegiate forensic organization and has initiated more than 60,000 men and women. Active chapters are located on more than 200 campuses that range in size from large public and private universities to smaller liberal arts colleges like Carson-Newman. It served as the design model for the National Forensic League, for high school students, and it sponsored the first national forensic tournament.

"Pi Kappa Delta has long been a leader in forensics education and I count it an incredible privilege to serve as its national leader," said Huebner in the C-N announcement. "I am honored that I can play a part in helping to bring the PKD message to a new generation of competitors as well as speech and debate professionals."

The admissions dean also said he was excited about leading the group that has meant much to him for the last 20 years.

"My own involvement in PKD has been life-changing, the relationships, the opportunities, and the experiences have made a personal and professional difference in my life," he stated.

A nationally-recognized debater during his undergraduate years, Huebner has coached four teams that won PKD national titles, including two of his C-N protégés, Nathanel Lee and Brandon Winters, who won the PKD Junior Varsity Debate National Championship at the organization's tournament in March.

C-N's dean of admissions since last fall, Huebner previously served as a PKD province officer and was elected to serve on the association's national council in 2003.