A Trio of African Americans Receive Awards

Kendra Preer, a graduate of the executive Ph.D. program in urban higher education at Jackson State University in Mississippi, received the 2012 Outstanding Dissertation Award from the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education.

Dr. Preer’s dissertation was entitled, “Interracial Diversity at Historically Black Colleges and Universities: Understanding African American Student Perceptions.”  She is the director of the Upward Bound Math-Science Academy at Stark State College in Canton, Ohio.

Ron Thomas, director of the Journalism and Sports Program and an adjunct professor of English at Morehouse College in Atlanta, has been selected to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Sports Journalism from Sport in Society. He will receive the award this coming summer.

Thomas was a sportswriter for more than 30 years. He is the author of They Cleared the Lane: The NBA’s Black Pioneers (University of Nebraska Press, 2002). He is a graduate of the University of Rochester and holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University.

Lisa Jackson, administrator at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, received the James Madison Medal from Princeton University. The award is Princeton’s highest honor given to alumni of the university’s graduate programs.

Jackson is a graduate of Tulane University and earned a master’s degree at Princeton.

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