South Carolina State University alumnus Ned Edward Felder will serve as the parade marshal for this year’s Homecoming parade. A native of Charleston, Felder is the former president of the South Carolina State University National Alumni Association’s (SCSUNAA) Washington, D.C., chapter and a charter member of the association’s Military Alumni chapter. He is a life member of the SCSUNAA and served as its parliamentarian. He was also named Outstanding Alumnus of the Year at both the chapter and national levels.
Additionally, Felder is profiled in the SCSUNAA 2008 Calendar of Stellar Alumni and is the 2010 recipient of the South Carolina State University Distinguished Alumnus Award.
The National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education inducted him into its Distinguished Alumni Class of 2007.
In 2013, he was inducted into the prestigious Thomas E. Miller Society in recognition of his financial commitment to higher education. The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference honored him as the 2014 South Carolina State University Distinguished Alumnus. In May of 2016, he was presented the Lewis A. Berry Alumni Philanthropy Award.
Under his leadership, the members of the Divine Class of 1959 have made “partial reparation” to the university in the amount of $1.1 million for their education.
Felder earned a bachelor of science degree and a juris doctorate degree from South Carolina State University and was commissioned as a second lieutenant through its U.S. Army ROTC program. Prior to retiring as a colonel, he served as senior judge on the U.S. Army Court of Criminal Appeals, which is the highest tribunal in the Army. He is enshrined in the South Carolina State University Army ROTC Hall of Fame.
Felder is the grateful and proud father of Norman, Sharleen and Gregory; grandfather of Monique, Brendan and Gabriel; and great grandfather of Talaya and Tyla.