Honors and Awards

• Shirley Ann Jackson, president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, will receive the 2009 A Better Chance Award from the nonprofit organization A Better Chance. The organization prepares black and other minority youth for college.

The former chair of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Jackson was the first African-American woman to earn a Ph.D. at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

• Marvalene Hughes, president of Dillard University in New Orleans, received the Women Leadership in Higher Education Award from the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

Dr. Hughes hold bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Tuskegee University. She earned her doctoral degree at Florida State University.

• Donald West, a history instructor at Trident Technical College in Charleston, South Carolina, received the Martin Luther King Jr. Outstanding and Distinguished Service Award from the Black History Intercollegiate Consortium.

• George A. Pruitt, president of Thomas Edison State College in Trenton, New Jersey, received the 2009 President’s Award from the New Jersey State Nurses Association. The award is given to an individual who is not involved in nursing but whose actions have benefited the nursing profession.

Dr. Pruitt is a graduate of the University of Illinois. He holds a master’s degree from Illinois State University and a doctorate from the Union Institute in Cincinnati, Ohio.

• William H. Turner, National Endowment for the Humanities Chair in Appalachian Studies at Berea College in Kentucky, received the Cratis D. Williams/James S. Brown Service Award from the Appalachian Studies Association.

Professor Turner is a 1968 graduate of the University of Kentucky. He holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame.

• Freeman A. Hrabowski III, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, is the 2009 winner of the Virginia B. Smith Innovative Leadership Award from the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education and the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning.

A graduate of Hampton University, Dr. Hrabowski holds a master’s degree in mathematics and a doctorate in higher education administration and statistics, both from the University of Illinois.