Three African American Men Honored for Their Work in Higher Education

Lonnie H. Norris, dean emeritus at the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, received the Distinguished Service Award from the American Dental Education Association. Dr. Norris joined the faculty at the Tufts dental school in 1980 and served as dean from 1996 until last year.

Dr. Norris is a graduate of Fisk University. He earned his degree in dental medicine and a master’s degree in public health from Harvard University.

Azeez Aileru, professor of neurobiology and director of the Biomedical Research Infrastructure Center at Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina, was honored by the North Carolina Biotechnology Center for his 15 years of biotechnology research in the areas of neuroscience and cardiovascular disease.

Dr. Aileru holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from North Carolina Central University and a Ph.D. from the Howard University College of Medicine.

James M. Rosser, president of California State University in Los Angeles, was presented with the 2012 Reginald Wilson Diversity Leadership Award during the 94th annual meeting of the American Council on Education in Los Angeles.

President Rosser holds bachelor’s, master’s, and Ph.D. degrees, all from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.

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