Dillard Lands 8 Finalists for the 2017 HBCU Digest Awards

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I think this is now the 7th year of the HBCU Digest Awards. This is a great idea by Jarrett Carter, founder of HBCU Digest, to honor HBCUs but also a great way to provide some positive press. I can’t believe no one had done anything like this until recently, but it is a great idea.

In fact, we hosted the event here at Dillard in 2014, and I think I have been to 3 or 4 of the conferences. There are so many opportunities for HBCUs in the media, but we continue to be a little timid in getting out great stories that spread.

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My theme at Dillard for 2016–17 was #TheChampIsHere in honor of Muhammad Ali who died last year. Our 8 finalist nominations tied the most we’ve had (we had 8 in 2014), and more than any other UNCF institution! Tennessee State leads the way with 12, followed by Hampton & Southern. We’re tied with North Carolina Central for 4th.

Note- all of them are much larger so as always, pound for pound we’re a beast!

Win or lose, all of these people and programs are champs to me. So let me introduce our finalists:

Best Student Government Association

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Best Fine Arts (Dillard Theater)

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Best STEM Program (Dillard Physics)

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Male Faculty Member of the Year (Dr. Abdalla Darwish, physics)

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Alumna of the Year (Dr. Dorothy Perrault)

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Female Student of the Year (Chelsea Bosley, Miss Dillard University)

Male Coach of the Year (Mike Newell, Men’s Basketball)

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Male President of the Year

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Wish us luck! I will be at the awards on July 14th in DC after speaking at the Alpha Phi Alpha Convention that afternoon in Baltimore.

#TheChampIsHere

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7th president of Dillard University

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