A Top HBCU Honor for FAMU President

A Top HBCU Honor for FAMU President

Holding up their awards are Dr. Brian Seymour, research director of the Edward Waters Center for the Prevention of Health Disparities, and Dr. Francis Ikeokwu, chair of the EWC Department of Business Administration (Courtesy of Edward Waters College)
Holding up their awards are Dr. Brian Seymour, research director of the Edward Waters Center for the Prevention of Health Disparities, and Dr. Francis Ikeokwu, chair of the EWC Department of Business Administration (Courtesy of Edward Waters College)

Mangum, Edward Waters research director among honorees at Hampton

Special to the NNPA from the Florida Courier

Two of Florida’s Black universities were honored last week at the annual AARP HBCU Awards ceremony held at Hampton University.

Dr. Elmira Mangum, president of Florida A&M University, was named the “Female President of the Year.’’

Edward Waters College’s Department of Business Administration won “Best Business Program” and Dr. Brian Seymour, research director for the EWC Center for the Prevention of Health Disparities, was named “Best Male Faculty of the Year.

Health care study

Seymour conducted a pilot study that found major variations in allergic antibodies among the African-American populations living in Jacksonville. The results could lead to improved health care and eventually reduce the high mortality rate among Blacks with allergic disorders.

“Edward Waters College’s two 2015 HBCU Awards and the institution’s total six nominations represent the unprecedented ways our faculty, staff and students have excelled. It also demonstrates the college’s commitment to become a national leader for innovative teaching and learning to better educate the next generation oi global leaders,” said Dr. Nathaniel Glover, president of Edward Waters College (EWC), who was nominated for male president of the year.

Howard University President Wayne Frederick was named top male president.

The EWC Department of Business Administration partnered with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to offer a free entrepreneurship certificate program to the community in an effort to increase the number of minority business entrepreneurs. The seven-week program provided a complete overview of the business skills needed to develop a full, applicable knowledge base of the start-up and business operations process.

How finalists chosen

FAMU led all HBCUs with 14 nominations, followed by host Hampton with 10. A record 430 nominations from universities, alumni and students were submitted for the 2015 edition of the awards.

Who reviewed them

Finalists were selected based on the impact of the nominees’ achievement on institutional development, and for media coverage earned for the university by way of the nominee.

According to HBCU Digest, nominees were selected based on their “… impact and achievement in the fields of leadership, arts, athletics, research and community engagement in the previous academic year.”

The nominations were submitted and reviewed by a host of individuals close to the HBCU community including students, alumni, PR officials and journalists covering historically Black colleges and universities. Votes are counted in each category via secret ballot of 13 HBCU presidents and the Center for HBCU Media Advocacy (CHMA) board members.

HBCU Digest is billed as the “national news resource of record for historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs).”

Mangum on honor

The honor for Mangum follows her recent selection by U.S. Secretary Tom Vilsack to serve on the USDA Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee (APAC), which is responsible for helping to shape our international agricultural trade policy.

“I accept this award on behalf of the entire FAMU community,” said Mangum at the July 10 program.

“The award represents the hard work and dedication of our staff, faculty, Board of Trustees, alumni, and supporters. Without them, I would not be here tonight receiving this award.”

Other FAMU awardees included Cecka Rose Green, who created the university’s 10 for $10 giving campaign, and three-time MEAC track and field championship-winning head coach Darlene Moore.