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Deceased APSU director personified Peay Pride

March 18, 2003

Dorosia Black (76,93), director of the Regents Degree Online Program and coordinator of resource development, died of cancer on Sunday, March 9, 2003, at her Clarksville home.

As Black had requested, a memorial service was held at her beloved Austin Peay State University March 12. A second service was held in Madisonville, Tenn., with funeral services March 14 at Rice Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church in Madisonville.
March 18, 2003

Dorosia Black ('76,'93), director of the Regents Degree Online Program and coordinator of resource development, died of cancer on Sunday, March 9, 2003, at her Clarksville home.

As Black had requested, a memorial service was held at her beloved Austin Peay State University March 12. A second service was held in Madisonville, Tenn., with funeral services March 14 at Rice Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church in Madisonville.

Several APSU administrators, faculty and students participated in the on-campus memorial service, as requested by Black's family. Joe Bryant remembered Black as a fellow soldier, and her brother, Danny Black, spoke on behalf of the family.

Incorporating scripture, prayers, song and remembrances, the memorial service truly was a celebration of the life of Dorosia Black.

A veteran of the U.S. Army, Black earned a bachelor's degree in political science and a master's degree in education from APSU. As a master's degree candidate, she was a graduate assistant in the Registrar's Office.

Over the next nine years, Black proved to be an administrator of high integrity and diverse capabilities. In 1994, she was named assistant director of the Registrar's Office. In 1997, she was appointed director of enrollment services at the APSU Center@ Fort Campbell. In fall of 2000, she agreed to serve as interim director of resource development for the University Advancement Office. She assumed her current duties in 2001.

Her friend Sheila McCoy, APSU registrar, told a writer for “The Leaf-Chronicle” that “Rosia presented this hard outer shell, but she was like a marshmallow inside. She would give you her lastemotionally, financially, whatever you needed.”

According to Dr. Stan Groppel, director of the Center for Extended and Distance Education, Black “lived and breathed Austin Peay. She was a sports advocate and a student advocate.”

Dennie Burke, executive director of public relations and marketing, said. “Rosia was such a stabilizing force on campus because she looked at issues fairly and from all sides.

“She took such pride in being an alumna and in working at Austin Peay. Dorosia Black truly personified Peay Pride.'”

In addition to her mother, Mary Ann Black of Madisonville, survivors include two brothers, Frederick Black, Madisonville, and Dann Black, Astoria, N.Y., and seven sisters: Loretta Courtland, Darcenia Taylor, Doris Black, Faye Black, Denise Black and LaFrances McClendon, all of Madisonville, and Sharon Stone, Dayton, Ohio.

In lieu of flowers, the family asked that donations be sent to the APSU Foundation, Box 4417, Clarksville, TN 37044 to establish a scholarship in memory of Dorosia Black.