A Trio of African Americans in Higher Education Who Have Received Honors or Awards

Brian Culp, a professor in the Wellstar College of Health and Human Services at Kennesaw State University in Georgia, was named the 34th fellow of the National Association for Kinesiology in Higher Education. The distinction honors leaders in the field of kinesiology who have provided outstanding service to the organization through various contributions. Dr. Culp’s research interests focus on justice and the promotion of physical activity for marginalized communities. In addition to creating and facilitating opportunities for students to participate in research and civic engagement, he has helped design community-based and funded intergenerational programing for various populations.

Dr. Culp holds a bachelor’s degree in health and physical education from the University of Georgia, a master’s degree in sports administration from Georgia State University, and an educational doctorate in curriculum and instruction from the University of Georgia.

Keith Berry, dean of academic affairs of the Ybor City campus of Hillsborough Community College in Florida, will receive the Distinguished College Administrator Award from the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. He will receive the award at the society’s annual convention in Orlando this April.

Dr. Berry is a graduate of Florida A&M University, where he majored in history. He holds a master’s degree and a doctorate in American history from Florida State University. Dr. Berry has been a faculty member and administrator at Hillsborough Community College for 24 years.

Mary E. Sias, former president of Kentucky State University, will be recognized by the university with the naming of a new pedestrian walkway on campus in her honor. Dr. Sias chaired the boards of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU). She currently serves as the director of the Millennium Leadership Initiative and as assistant to the president of the AASCU.

Dr. Sias holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in sociology from Tougaloo College in Mississippi, an MBA from Abilene Christian University in Texas, and a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


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