Prestigious Honors for Two African American Academics

Dr. Chisholm-BurnsMarie Chisholm-Burns, dean of the College of Pharmacy at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, received the 2013 Literature Award for Sustained Contributions from the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Research and Education Foundation. The award honors important contributions of published works in the biomedical field.

Dr. Chisholm-Burns has been dean of the College of Pharmacy at the UTHSC since 2011. Previously, she was a professor and chair of the department of pharmacy practice and science at the University of Arizona. Dr. Chisholm-Burns is a graduate of Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville, where she majored in biology and psychology. She holds a bachelor’s degree and a doctorate in pharmacy from the University of Georgia and a master of public health degree from Emory University in Atlanta.

ChambersJulius Chambers, the former chancellor of North Carolina Central University who died this past August, was the second person to be awarded the Spirit of North Carolina Award. The award is given to state employees who have mentored others in the pursuit of excellence. The only other winner of the award was Kay Yow in 2007. She coached the women’s basketball team at North Carolina State University.

Dr. Chambers was a summa cum laude graduate of what is now North Carolina Central University. He held a master’s degree in history and a law degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he graduated first in his class and was editor of the law review. He later earned a master’s degree in law from Columbia.

While practicing civil rights law in Charlotte during the 196os, his home, his office, and his car were bombed. From 1984 to 1993, Chambers was director-counsel and president of the Legal Defense Fund. He served as chancellor of North Carolina Central University from 1993 to 2001. Later he was a clinical professor of law and director of the Center for Civil Rights at University of North Carolina School of Law.

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