Asa T. Spaulding Jr., the former president of Barber-Scotia College in Concord, North Carolina, died at his home in Durham, North Carolina. He was 81 years old.
A native of Durham, Spaulding was the son of the president of the North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company. He attended Morehouse College in Atlanta and earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business administration from North Carolina Central University in Durham.
The young Spaulding followed in his father’s footsteps and worked for North Carolina Mutual, rising to the rank of assistant vice president. In the academic world, in addition to serving as president of Barber-Scotia College, Spaulding lectured on government, management and public policy at several universities and was a member of the University of North Carolina Board of Governors.
Spaulding also worked as news broadcaster and syndicated columnist. He ran unsuccessful campaigns for North Carolina secretary of state and mayor of Durham.