Three African American Scholars Awarded Notable Honors

hallDavid Hall, president of the University of the Virgin Islands in St. Thomas, was selected to receive the Educational Leadership Award from the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. President Hall will be honored at the 27th Annual Thurgood Marshall Awards Gala in Washington, D.C. this November.

Dr. Hall is a graduate of Kansas State University. He holds a master’s degree in human relations and a law degree from the University of Oklahoma. Later, Dr. Hall earned a master’s degree and a doctorate in juridical science from Harvard Law School.

gaston_johansson_0Fannie Gaston-Johansson, the first African American woman to become a tenured full professor at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, has been designated a “Living Legend” by the American Academy of Nursing. Now a professor emerita at Johns Hopkins, Dr. Gaston-Johansson was the inaugural chair of the department of acute and chronic care at the School of Nursing. She retired from teaching in 2014.

Professor Gaston-Johansson is a graduate of Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina. She holds a master’s degree from the University of California, San Francisco and a Ph.D. in nursing from Göteborgs Universitet in Sweden.

Cooley-Screen2-258x300Jackson State University in Mississippi has announced the creation of an endowed scholarship fund in honor of William Cooley, the former dean and professor emeritus of management in the university’s College of Business.

Dr. Cooley is a Vietnam veteran and was CEO of several information technology firms. He is a graduate of Tuskegee University, where he majored in chemistry. Dr. Cooley holds a master’s degree in industrial management from the University of North Dakota and a doctorate in business administration from Mississippi State University.


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