Three Black Women in Higher Education Win Notable Awards

heaing-granyWanda Heading-Grant, vice president for human resources, diversity, and multicultural affairs at the University of Vermont, received the Diversity Visionary Award from Insight Into Diversity magazine.

Dr. Heading-Grant holds a bachelor’s degree and an educational doctorate in policy study and leadership from the University of Vermont.

juanita_johnson_baileyJuanita Johnson-Bailey, a Meigs Professor of education and director of the Institute for Women’s Studies at the University of Georgia, was chosen to receive the 2015 Eleanor Roosevelt Award from the American Association of University Women. She will be honored at the AAUW national convention in San Diego this June.

Professor Johnson-Bailey is the author of Sistahs in College: Making a Way Out of No Way (Krieger Publishing, 2000). She joined the faculty at the University of Georgia in 1995. Dr. Johnson-Bailey is a graduate of Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, and holds master’s and doctoral degrees in adult education from the University of Georgia.

Emilie-TownesEmile M. Townes, dean of the Vanderbilt University Divinity School, received the Pacesetter Award from the American Association of Blacks in Higher Education. The award recognizes individuals whose accomplishments are unique in mission and scope by seeking to enhance the Black educational experience.

Dr. Townes holds a bachelor’s degree, a master degree in divinity, and a doctorate of divinity from the University of Chicago. She holds a second doctorate from the joint Northwestern University/Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary program.


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