Mary Pendergraft, professor and chair of Classical Languages, was installed as president of the American Classical League, recently. As part of her two-year term, she will lead the organization as it approaches its centennial celebration in 2019.
Pendergraft has served as chair of the National Committee for Latin and Greek, president of the Classical Association of the Middle West and South – Southern Section, and president of North Carolina Classical Association. She has been honored for her teaching with awards from the Society for Classical Studies and the Classical Association of the Middle West and South. In 2013, the Classical Association of the Middle West and South also awarded Pendergraft with an Ovatio for her service and dedication to both the organization and the field of Classics.
The American Classical League seeks to promote classical studies to the general public. Established in 1919 to address the needs of classical Greek and Latin teachers, the organization has more than 2,700 members worldwide. The American Classical League produces its annual Summer Institute, as well as the National Latin Exam, National Greek Exam, National Mythology Exam, and Exploratory Latin Exam for students. The American Classical League also sponsors the National Junior Classical League, a youth organization of 44,000 members dedicated to the encouragement and promotion of the literature and language of classical Greece and Rome. Currently, the American Classical League is beginning its Centennial Year Celebration, which will culminate at its 2019 Summer Institute in New York City.