Leo E. Morton, chancellor of the University of Missouri-Kansas City, received the African American STEM Pioneer Award from the Black Family Technology Association of Kansas City. “Leo Morton is a valued role model in Kansas City and he has shown how the skills and training you have to be an engineer can be carried over to business and academia,” said Lewis George Walker, president of the Black Family Technology Awareness Association.
Chancellor Morton is a graduate of Tuskegee University in Alabama, where he majored in mechanical engineering. He holds a master’s degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Donald Mitchell Jr., assistant professor of higher education at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan, has been chosen to receive the 2014 Dr. Carlos J. Vallejo Memorial Award for Emerging Scholarship from the American Educational Research Association’s Multicultural/Multiethnic Education Special Interest Group.
Dr. Mitchell joined the faculty at Grand Valley State in 2012. He is a graduate of Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina, where he majored in chemistry. Dr. Mitchell holds a master’s degree from Minnesota State University, Mankato and a doctorate in educational policy and administration from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.