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Three Black Scholars Honored With Prestigious Awards

Dr. Kennard BrownKennard Brown, executive vice chancellor and chief operating officer of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, has received the Healthcare Education Award from the Council on Workforce Innovation. The award recognizes individuals who have worked to promote diversity in health care education.

Dr. Brown has been on the staff at the University of Tennessee for 15 years. He holds a law degree and a master of public administration degree from the University of Memphis and a Ph.D. in health science administration from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.

murryVelma McBride Murry, the Lois Autrey Betts Professor of Education and Human Development at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, received a presidential citation from the American Psychological Association. Professor Murry was honored for her research, teaching, mentoring, and for being an advocate for children, youth, and HIV risk prevention.

Professor Murry is a graduate of the University of Tennessee. She earned a master’s degree and a Ph.D. at the University of Missouri. She has been on the Vanderbilt faculty since 2008 and previously taught at the University of Georgia.

Gregory-H-RobinsonGregory H. Robinson, Foundation Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at the University of Georgia, received the Southeastern Conference Faculty Achievement Award, awarded to one faculty member at each of the SEC’s 14-member institutions.

Dr. Robinson joined the faculty at the University of Georgia in 1995. He is a graduate of Jacksonville State University in Alabama and holds a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Alabama.


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