Elizabeth Alexander, professor of African-American studies at Yale University, received the inaugural Jackson Poetry Prize. The prize, which includes a $50,000 cash award, is given for “exceptional talent” in the field of poetry. The award is named for poet Susan Jackson, whose Liana Foundation provides the prize money for the award.

Horace Smith, vice president for undergraduate studies and retention at Syracuse University, received the Chancellor’s Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Academic Access and Support. Smith has served in faculty and administrative posts at the university since 1975.

A graduate of Hampton University, Smith holds a master’s degree from Syracuse University and a doctorate from Cornell University.