Alcorn State University was named HBCU of the Year at the annual HBCU Awards hosted by the Center for HBCU Media Advocacy. The awards ceremony, held last week at the Bowie State University campus, recognized both individuals and institutions contributing to excellence at historically Black colleges and universities. The Center for HBCU Media Advocacy, an advocacy organization based at Morgan State University, helps promote the mission, culture and development of “historically Black colleges and universities through new media exposure, training and education,” according to the center’s website.
Jarrett L. Carter, executive director of the Center for HBCU Media Advocacy, said that “great things—outstanding research, high-quality teaching and public engagement—are happening at Alcorn State University and … as the nation’s first historically Black land-grant institution, it is an elite institution that embodies the spirit of the HBCU community.”
“This award would not be possible without the hard work and dedication to excellence of our faculty, students, alumni and staff,” Alcorn State president M. Christopher Brown II said in a statement. “We thank all of our friends and supporters of the nation’s oldest public historically Black land-grant institution. We are Alcorn—always excellent without excuse.”
The Center for HBCU Media Advocacy recognized former Morgan State University president Earl S. Richardson as its 2012 HBCU Award recipient for lifetime achievement.
“We are honored that Dr. Richardson has accepted this prestigious award,” Carter said. “His tireless advocacy, vision and dedication to equity for historically Black colleges and universities nationwide over his more than 30 years in higher education are matched by few.”