Honors for African Americans in Higher Education

Dorsey Kendrick, president of Gateway Community College in New Haven, Connecticut, received the 2012 Liberty Bell Award presented by The Foundation of the New Haven County Bar. The award is given to individuals and organizations for outstanding service to the greater New Haven community.

Dr. Kendrick has been president at Gateway Community College since 1999. She is a graduate of Union University in Jackson, Tennessee, where she was one of the first three Black students. President Kendrick holds a master’s degree from Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and a doctorate from Walden University.

Dale Cushinberry will be honored this fall as with a 2012 Distinguished Alumni Award from Emporia State University in Kansas. Cushinberry retired as principal of Topeka’s Highland Park High School in 2010, capping off a career of nearly 40 years in education. He served for seven years at Washburn University as a professor and administrator.

Cushinberry earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in school counseling from Emporia State University.

George A. Pruitt, president of Thomas Edison State College in Trenton, New Jersey, was chosen to receive the Circle Achievement Award from the African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey. Dr. Pruitt has served as president of the college since 1982.

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.

North Carolina A&T State University awarded its Human Rights Medal to Rev. Nelson N. Johnson and Joyce Hobson-Johnson. The Johnsons are civil rights activists and community leaders who are executives at the Beloved Community Center of Greensboro.

Nelson Johnson is a graduate of North Carolina A&T and earned a master of divinity degree at the School of Theology of Virginia Union University. Joyce Hobson-Johnson is a graduate of Duke University and earned a master’s degree at North Carolina A&T.


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