Saturday, July 12, 2014

HBCU Awards 2014

I am pleased that we were able to host the 2014 HBCU Awards. This is the 4th year of this program sponsored by HBCU Digest. We were excited to be nominated as a finalist in 8 categories, and we won 3 awards.

For the second year in a row we were named best nursing program. We have really done a lot to improve our program. A team of external consultants came in over a year ago to help us strengthen the program, and all of our 2014 graduates completed the required comps. Those that have taken the NCLEX have all passes as well. 

Cynthia Butler-McIntyre, past president of Delta Sigma Theta, was named female alumnus of the year. She was the centennial president of the organization, and this past fall presented Dillard with a $50,000 donation for our SAFE fund for students. She and I have known each other for a decade and she was one of the first people to congratulate me when I was appointed to Dillard.
And I was named  male president of the year. Definitely the result of the work of everyone at Dillard. Just glad to be on the team!
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Sunday, July 6, 2014

Hip Hop Sisters

During the Essence Festival this weekend I attended a reception sponsored by the Hip Hop Sisters Foundation, which was started by MC Lyte. They added several people to their advisory board including recent Dillard alumna Nicole Tinson.

Nicole was able to come down for the event. She is preparing to start graduate school this fall so this was another great honor for her.
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Monday, June 23, 2014

Millennium Leadership Initiative

A couple of weeks ago I was privileged to serve as the closing speaker for the 2014 Millennium Leadership Initiative, a program sponsored by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities for persons seeking senior level administrative positions. The program targets women and people of color. I completed MLI in 2002, and have always said it was the BEST professional development experience I have ever had.

I focused my remarks on "To Be... or to Do," the point being that people have to decide whether they want to be a president, or if they want to do the job. These are very different things and so many people struggle because they wanted to be and not do. So I tried to give the group some considerations when going through a presidential search process so they would be able to determine if the position is a good fit.
One of my closing points was for them to know that they have no control over whether or not they become a president. So they should find a job they really love doing and do it exceptionally well.
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Saturday, June 21, 2014

I Love This Show!

You can watch as we discussed UNCF and the Koch Bros. Click the photo.

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Post-commencement reality check

I've noticed a number of schools this year recognized graduates posthumously. We were no different. In January we lost graduating senior Davetta Williams, a single parent who had law school aspirations (and LSAT scores to make it a reality). A strange allergic reaction and delayed 911 response ended her life. Hers was the 3rd student funeral I've attended in my 2 years at Dillard.

So her mom and dad accepted the degree for her at commencement. It was definitely a tough day for them, but her mom called me last week just to share their appreciation. The entire Dillard community really rallied behind the family, raising a significant amount of money to help with expenses for Davetta's daughter.

We should continue to keep them in our prayers.

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