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Dr. Gurney Elliott Nelson

Dean Gurney E. Nelson is a native of Greensboro, North Carolina, where he received his early academic training in the city schools and at Bennett College.  He received the B. S. degree from Johnson Smith University and the A. B. degree from Lincoln University (Penn.) Dean Nelson pursued graduate training at the University of Chicago and at Ohio State University. From the latter institution he received the M. A. degree in 1928.  In 1936-37 he was a General Education Board Fellow at Ohio State University, and in 1941 he completed the residence requirements for the Ph. D. degree.  Positions held by Dean Nelson include: Principal of Miller Memorial School, Birmingham, Alabama, Lieutenant of Infantry, World War I, principal Washington Street School, Greensboro, N. C., Professor of Psychology, State Teachers College, Montgomery, Alabama (Summer Sessions ) and Dean of Benedict College in Columbia, SC from, 1945 to 1951.  Dean Nelson organized the Benedict-Allen Summer session, and has served as its director for some years.  He was appointed by the Department of Education of South Carolina as the official examiner for the State High School Certificate.  He was appointed by the Carnegie Foundation, New York and the College Entrance Board, New Jersey,  respectively to administer the Graduate Record Examination and Navy College Aptitude Test in this area.  He is also psychometrist for the Veterans Administration Guidance Center No. 3019.  In civic affairs, he treasurer of the South Carolina Colored Fair Association; member of the executive board of Southern Regional Council; member of executive committee South Carolina N.A.A.C.P., etc.  He is a founding member of the Tau Omega Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.  Some of his writings which have appeared in “School and Society,” Educational Administration and Supervision, The journal of Education and other periodicals include: “The Adaptation of Instruction to Local Conditions”;  “Improving the Status of the Negro Teacher”; “Experience in Adapting Student Teaching and Extension Service to Emergency Conditions.”