Col. James Wyatt
College of Education Advisory Board Member
Jim Wyatt is a US Army retired colonel and native of Norfolk, Virginia, graduating from Booker T. Washington High School in 1949. He is a graduate of Florida A and M College (FAMC), Purdue University, the Defense Systems Management College, and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. His interest in Nannie Helen Burroughs brings back memories of his fist vesper as a sixteen year-old freshman at FAMC, where the guest speaker was Dr. John Hope Franklin. Insufficiently mature to understand the gravity of the occasion, he did not change his major from chemistry to history. This seems to explain his twenty-six year career in the US Army. Jim considered his military career a successful and illustrious one, until his mother asked, while pinning on his eagles, “Jim, when are you going to get out of the army and get a job?” Now, thanks to Daisy Wyatt, his children (Toya, Mona, and Jimmy), supportive relatives, and some really dedicated friends, he has a job. Jim is convinced that Daisy knew Nannie Helen Burroughs, because Nannie proclaimed, “Everything in the modern household is controlled by switches, except the children.” His life-long passion, golf, has taken a back seat to his dedicated efforts to reignite in our lives the values, vision, and good works of Nannie Helen Burroughs.