Dr. Ben Carson, a neurosurgeon and motivational speaker who is receiving a lot of press related to his statements at the 2013 President's National Prayer Breakfast, is slated to be the 2013 speaker in Wilson Hall's fourth annual Mission Series in December.
"He is the biggest name we've had here," said Wilson Hall Principal Fred Moulton. "This is a wonderful opportunity."
Each year, a school committee seeks out a well-known person of faith to speak at the school's event. This year, the committee worked hard to secure Carson.
"He was at the top of our list," said Moulton. "This was really a stretch for us."
The program is designed to garner speakers who inspire and encourage students and the community.
"Each speaker we have had has had the capacity to hold the students' attention," said Moulton. "Many times you'll see students hanging around after the speaker speaks to ask questions."
Wilson Hall Director of Development Laura Barr said admission to the event is complimentary.
"This is our gift to the community," she said.
"Our hope is that Sumter embraces Dr. Carson coming to Sumter," Moulton added. Carson gained a lot of positive attention among political conservatives after lobbing criticism at President Obama's policies on healthcare and taxes at the National Prayer Breakfast in February.
Carson is a professor of neurosurgery, oncology, plastic surgery and pediatrics at the John Hopkins School of Medicine. Among his many accomplishments, Carson is a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest honor bestowed on a civilian. He holds more than 60 honorary doctorate degrees. In 2001, Carson was among Time magazine's 20 foremost physicians and scientists.
The event is free and open to the public. Carson will speak at 1 p.m. Dec. 3 in the Nash Student Center on the campus of Wilson Hall School.