NAFEO Ends Conference With Tribute to HBCU Presidents
The National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO) ended its 27th annual conference last month in Washington with a tribute to some of higher education’s most deserving leaders.
More than 20 former and current Black college presidents and chancellors were honored for their outstanding leadership and enduring dedication at the Leadership Awards banquet held on the last day of the conference. The honors began with those presidents who have served 10 or more years, and continued with special recognition for presidents with 20 or more years of service.
Presidents with 20 or more years of service included: Dr. Oswald P. Bronson Sr., Dr. Calvin W. Burnett, Dr. Norman C. Francis, Dr. Henry A. Givens Jr., Dr. Ernest L. Holloway and Dr. Charles W. Simmons.
Presidents serving 10 or more years included: Dr. Robert Albright, Dr. Emmett W. Bashful, Dr. James E. Cheek, Dr. Leonard E. Dawson, Dr. Edward Fort, Dr. William R. Harvey, Dr. Joseph B. Johnson, Dr. William T. Keaton, Dr. Thomas M. Law, Dr. Prezell R. Robinson, Dr. Gloria R. Scott, Dr. David T. Shannon Sr., Dr. Arthur E. Thomas, Dr. Cleon F. Thompson Jr., Dr. Robert Threatt and Dr. Harrison B. Wilson.
In addition, three presidents were awarded the organization’s Presidential Exemplary Leadership Award: Dr. Elias Blake Jr., former president of Clark College; Dr. Charles A. Lyons Jr., former president and chancellor of Fayetteville State University; and Dr. Leonard H.O. Spearman Sr., former president of Texas Southern University. And Miles College president Dr. Albert Sloan, received the Chairman’s Award for his work as chairman of NAFEO’s Board of Directors. The award was presented by the board’s chair-elect Dr. Leroy Davis, president of South Carolina State University.
The banquet also gave NAFEO a chance to recognize its corporate sponsors. Gateway founder and CEO Theodore Waitt, and Eric Conn, an assistant vice president of American Honda Motor Company, received the organization’s Corporate Award for providing financial and technological resources to support Black colleges.
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