Three African American Men From the Academic World Receive Distinguished Honors

Wayne A.I. Frederick, president of Howard University in Washington, D.C., received the Fritz Kaufman Champion Award from the Fund for Education Abroad for his efforts to promote international education.

Dr. Frederick was named the 17th president of Howard University in 2014. A native of Trinidad and Tobago, Frederick enrolled at Howard University when he was 16 years old. In six years he earned his bachelor’s and medical degrees. He completed his surgical residency at Howard and then was a surgical oncology fellow at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. President Frederick also holds an MBA from the School of Business at Howard University.

George C. Hill, professor of pathology, microbiology, and immunology emeritus and professor of medical education and administration emeritus at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, received the Herbert W. Nickens Award from the Association of American Medical Colleges. The award honors an individual who has made outstanding contributions to promoting justice in medical education and healthcare equity in the United States.

Professor Hill joined the faculty at Vanderbilt in 2002. He previously taught at Meharry Medical College in Nashville for 19 years. A native of Camden, New Jersey, Dr. Hill is a graduate of Rutgers University. He holds a master’s degree from Howard University and a Ph.D. from New York University.

Roderick L. Ireland, Distinguished Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice, at Northeastern University in Boston and the Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, had the Hampden County Superior Courthouse in Springfield, Massachusetts, named in his honor.

Dr. Ireland is a native of Springfield, Massachusetts. He is a graduate of Lincoln University of Pennsylvania and Columbia Law School. He holds a master of laws degree from Harvard Law School and a Ph.D. in law, policy, and society from Northeastern University.

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