Two African American Scholars Win Prestigious Awards

alvinthorntonAlvin Thornton, senior academic adviser to the president of Howard University, was named alumnus of the year by Morehouse College in Atlanta. Dr. Thornton earned his bachelor’s degree at Morehouse College and a Ph.D. at Howard University.

Dr. Thornton served on the faculty of the political science department at Howard University for 20 years and chaired the department from 1995 to 2002. He served for eight years as associate provost and for two years as interim provost and chief academic officer. He is the author of Like a Phoenix I’ll Rise: The History of Blacks in Prince George’s County Maryland, 1696 to 1996 (Walsworth Publishing, 1997).

Harvey Fields-Gloria White awardHarvey Fields, assistant director for academic programs at the Center for Advanced Learning at Washington University in St. Louis, received the Gloria W. White Distinguished Service Award from the university. He was honored for “exceptional effort and contributions that have resulted in the betterment of the university.” His duties include the creation and oversight of programs to help undergraduate students achieve and maintain success.

Dr. Fields, who also serves as pastor of the Union Baptist Church in Chesterfield, holds bachelor’s degrees from Morehouse College and the Georgia Institute of Technology. He earned a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in chemistry from Washington University.

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