Honors and Awards

• Michelle R. Howard-Vital, president of Cheyney University of Pennsylvania, was named the recipient of the Educational Leadership Award from the Philadelphia Beauty Showcase National Historical Museum.

President Howard-Vital holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in English language and literature from the University of Chicago. She earned a doctorate in public policy analysis from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

• Donald Henry Kortright Davis, professor of theology at the Howard University Divinity School in Washington, D.C., was awarded an honorary degree from the Virginia Theological Seminary.

Dr. Davis received his doctoral degree from the University of Sussex in the United Kingdom.

• Langston D. Smith, chair of the department of endodontics at the Howard University College of Dentistry, was inducted into the Alumni Hall of Fame at Morehead State University in Kentucky.

• Keisha Elder, an assistant professor in the School of Optometry at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, received the Charles Barkley Award for health disparities research from the university. The award includes $60,000 to fund research on ocular inflammation in African Americans.

Dr. Elder is a graduate of Clemson University and holds a master’s degree and a doctorate from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.