A Trio of African American Scholars Selected to Receive Notable Awards

Colette Pierce Burnette, president of Huston-Tillotson University in Austin, Texas, has been selected to receive the Vision Award from the Austin chapter of the Urban Land Institute. President Pierce Burnett will be honored at a ceremony on August 27 at Austin’s ZACH Theatre.

Dr. Pierce Burnette became the first woman president of Huston-Tillotson University in 2015. Earlier, she held several administrative posts at Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio. President Pierce Burnette is a graduate of Ohio State University. She holds a master’s degree in administration from Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville and an educational doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania.

Rashad Anderson, assistant professor of teacher education at South Carolina State University, is the recipient of the 2019 call Me MISTER Trailblazer award. Established in 2000, the Call Me MISTER program is designed to increase the pipeline of Black male teachers for public schools. The program now has chapters at 24 colleges and universities oin South Carolina and has expanded to nine other states.

Dr. Anderson is a graduate of South Carolina State University, where he majored in music education. He holds a master’s degree in music education and a Ph.D. in educational foundations and inquiry from the University of South Carolina. He is the author of Wassup With All the Black Boys Sitting in the Principal’s Office: An Examination of Detrimental Teacher Interactions & School Practices (Black Boy Wonder Publications, 2019).

James L. Moore III, Distinguished Professor of Urban Education and vice provost for diversity and inclusion at Ohio State University, received the Award for Leadership in Gifted Education and Creativity from the Minority Achievement, Creativity, and High Ability Center at the 17th annual International Conference on Excellence, Innovation & Creativity in Basic Higher Education and Psychology, which was recently held in Prairie View, Texas.

Dr. Moore holds a bachelor’s degree in English education from Delaware State University, and a master’s degree in education and a Ph.D. in counselor education both from Virginia Tech.


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