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Melissa Wade

Melissa Maxcy Wade

Melissa Maxcy Wade, M.A., M.T.S., Th.M

Executive Director of Forensics

From 1972 until her retirement in 2015, Melissa Wade oversaw the growth of one of the most dynamic intercollegiate debate and education programs in the U.S. A faculty member in the Division of Educational Studies, Wade was a principle founder of the Urban Debate League, a national education movement targeting secondary students from socio-economically challenged schools in more than 20 major U.S. cities. She coached Emory to over thirty national college championships and received every major college coaching and service award in her field. She worked with international debate outreach in South Korea, Jamaica, and Columbia, and was a visiting faculty member in the graduate division of international studies at Ewha University in Seoul. Wade is one of only 3 university debate coaches in the U.S. who has served on the National Associated Press Presidential Debate Evaluation Panel for every U.S. Presidential election from 1976-2012. She is the President of the Glenn Pelham Foundation for Debate Education.

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