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Charlotte Dison featured in fall Alumni Lecture Series

The University of Virginia’s College at Wise is continuing its Alumni Lecture Series to bring distinguished alumni to campus to discuss how their college experience influenced their careers.

The public is invited to attend the event.

Charlotte Dison, president of Dison Enterprises and a graduate of the first incoming class of Clinch Valley College, will deliver her lecture about her story on Friday, Sept. 28 at 1 p.m. in the Chapel of All Faiths.

Dison graduated with honors from Lynchburg Hospital School of Nursing and then came to Wise to work at the United Mine Workers’ hospital.  She was encouraged by her colleagues to further her education by becoming a member of the first incoming class of then Clinch Valley College.  She received one of the first Outpost Awards for her achievement as a student at CVC.

Dison continued her education at Florida State University where she graduated Magna Cum Laude from the accredited BSN completion program for registered nurses.  She then continued her work with Miners’ Hospital for a year before going to Columbia University to gain a master’s degree in nursing administration, minoring in education.  She became adjunct faculty at the University of Miami and Miami Dade College.  Dison received the inaugural Nurse Executive Leadership award from the American Association of Nurse Executive, was inducted into the Nursing Education Hall of Fame at the Teacher’s College at Columbia University and the Nursing Hall of Fame by the Florida Nurses Association. 

Cultural activity credit is available for the lecture.

Alumni lecturers are selected based on their leadership and achievements in their chosen fields.  The organizers welcome suggestions on future speakers.  Please contact Tami Ely, vice chancellor for development and college relations, at 276-376-1057 or email at to offer suggestions.

For more information on the news release, contact College Relations at 276-376-1027.