Four African American Men Who Have Received Notable Honors or Awards

Gregory Robinson, Tennessee State University Police Chief, is the recipient of the 2019 International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrations Award for Administrative Excellence. The IACLEA is the leading authority for campus public safety. Robinson is honored for leading the university’s police department in decreasing crime around campus, improving the department’s methodologies, and fostering positive relationships with members of the community.

Robinson is a graduate of Tennessee State University.

Echol Nix Jr., an associate professor of philosophy and religion in the department of humanities at Claflin University in Orangeburg, South Carolina, has been selected to participate in the Senior Leadership Academy cosponsored by the Council of Independent Colleges and the American Academic Leadership Institute.

Dr. Nix is a graduate of Morehouse College in Atlanta. He holds a master of divinity degree from Vanderbilt University in Nashville and a master’s degree in theology and a Ph.D. from Boston University.

Reginald Hamilton, an associate professor of engineering science and mechanics at Pennsylvania State University, has received a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Young Faculty Award. The award identifies and engages rising research stars in junior faculty positions and exposes them to Department of Defense needs and DAPRA’s program development process. Dr. Hamilton received the award for his research proposal “Additive Manufacturing of Functional Hierarchical Shape Memory Alloy Structures.” In this project, he will explore additive manufacturing techniques for technological advancements in utilizing shape memory alloys for actuation and morphing in microelectromechanical systems.

Dr. Hamilton holds a master’s degree and Ph.D. both in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois.

Forest M. Pritchett, director of special projects in freshman studies and director of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Program at Seton Hall University in New Jersey, has received the Humanitarian Award for Civic Advocacy from the American Conference on Diversity. He is honored for his commitment to the ACD’s mission to empower individuals and institutions to address issues of bias and discrimination and advocate for meaningful social change in the community.

Pritchett is a graduate of Delaware State University.


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