||D.E. Magee, Jr., (left) and Dr. John M. Hilpert
During its regular monthly meeting on Thursday, Feb. 21 in Jackson, the Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL) celebrated Black History Month by honoring university and community members who have made significant contributions to diversity.
Delta State University’s nominee was Georgene Clark, Assistant Professor of Diversity Activities and Coordinator of Compositions.
Under Clark’s leadership, the Diversity Activities Committee is charged with creating a long-term plan for diversity enhancement at Delta State and to begin its implementation. Included in that work will be establishing a mission statement, assessing the campus climate regarding diversity and other related issues and from those results, establishing a baseline; arranging opportunities for development across the campus and assisting with strategies that broaden personnel searches.
Dr. John M. Hilpert President of Delta State University accepted the award on behalf of Georgene Clark.
The Board’s Black History Month Committee, chaired by Trustee D.E. Magee, Jr., named Dr. Sheila Davis, Professor of Nursing and Assistant Dean for Doctoral Studies in the School of Nursing at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, the 2008 Black History Month Educator of the Year.
Ora Catherine Reed, renowned pianist, singer, and cultural ambassador for Mississippi, was named the Board’s 2008 Black History Month Community Honoree.