Honors and Awards for Four Black Scholars or Administrators

Lance R. Collins, the Joseph Silbert Dean of Engineering at Cornell University, has received the Edward Bouchet Legacy Award from Howard University. In 2005, Howard University and Yale University established this award to recognize outstanding achievement in promoting diversity and excellence in doctoral education and the professoriate. During his time at Cornell, Dr. Collins has helped facilitate a diverse student body in the College of Engineering. Since 2007, the proportion of underrepresented minorities has tripled from 7 percent to 21 percent and the proportion of women has increased from 28 percent to 50 percent. Dr. Collins stated that “it is an honor to be selected for this award and to be recognized for my work in making education more inclusive.” He holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Princeton University, and a master’s degree and Ph.D. both in chemical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.

La’Kitha Hughes, associate director of facilities and construction management at Jackson State University in Mississippi, has been awarded the Women in Leadership scholarship from the Association of Physical Plant Administrators. The scholarship is given to women facilities professionals based on financial need, professional aspirations, and leadership qualities. Hughes holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in educational/instructional technology from Mississippi State University.

British architect, David Adjaye, is recipient of the 2018 International Humanities Prize from Washington University in St. Louis for his design of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture. The award is given biennially to a scholar, writer, or artist who has made a significant and sustained contribution to the world of letters or arts. Adjaye holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture from London South Bank University and a master’s degree from the Royal College of Art.

Jackie Hankins-Kentadministrative officer for Temple University’s Army ROTC program, has been awarded the Outstanding Civilian Service Medal. The award is the third-highest honor a civilian can receive from any branch of the United States military.


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  1. Dearest Colleague and Surrogate Relative Jackie,

    CONGRATULATIONS for achieving the Outstanding Civilian Service Medal. Your commitment to excellence and spiritual prowess makes everybody at Temple University “Temple Made”. May God continue to bless and keep you. Have a wonderful day.

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