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Andrea J. Burney, APR

Director of  Public Relations



DANVILLE, VA, Sept. 10, 2014 – Danville Community College (DCC) will host a celebration in observance of U.S. Constitution Day at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16, in Oliver Hall, located in the Temple Building. The celebration is open to the public and will feature Danville Police Chief Philip A. Broadfoot and Caswell County Sheriff Michael Welch. According to John Wilt, Associate Professor of the Administration of Justice program and event coordinator, the speakers will offer their perspectives on how the Constitution has an impact on today’s laws.

DCC joins institutions of higher learning nationwide in its observance of Constitution Day, which became a national observance in 2004, when Senator Robert Byrd passed a bill designating Sept. 17 as the day for citizens to commemorate the signing of the landmark document. The Constitution has been the supreme law of the land in the United States for more than two centuries. The document was signed on Sept. 17, 1787 by 39 delegates to the Constitutional Convention. Constitution Day commemorates not only the signing of the Constitution but also recognizes all U.S. citizens, either by birth or naturalization.

Chief Broadfoot graduated from the FBI National Academy at Quantico in 1987. He also holds a Master of Public Administration Degree from James Madison University. Sheriff Welch holds an associate degree in criminal justice from Alamance Community College and a bachelor’s degree from University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Most recently, Welch earned a Master of Arts Degree in security studies from the Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Security. In 2007, the sheriff was named the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) National Executive of the Year by the Drug Enforcement Agency.


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