Dillard Notables of 2019: #7 Alumni Accolades

Every year I do a countdown of seven of the most significant events in the life of Dillard University. I pick seven since I am the seventh president (and of course as an Alpha we know 7 is a perfect number!) But I go through my bi-monthly e-mails I send to all faculty, staff and students and look for some themes to highlight for the year.

The first theme this year is alumni accomplishments. I think all institutions should brag on their alums more. We honestly can’t take credit for everything they achieve, but we hope that as part of their journey someone from the university made a significant impact on their life.

Here are some of the notables:

Chief Judge Carl E. Stewart of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit was the recipient of the 2019 Edward J. Devitt Distinguished Service to Justice Award. The Devitt Award honors an Article III judge who has achieved a distinguished career and made significant contributions to the administration of justice, the advancement of the rule of law, and the improvement of society as a whole.

Dr. Sidney Green was selected to receive the 2020 Society of Toxicology Founder’s Award.

Roger Dickerson II, also known as Raj Smoove, the greatest DJ in the world, was on the cover of Offbeat magazine. He is one of the leaders of the New Orleans Music Initiative led by GNO Inc. If you have ever been to Essence Fest, you have seen him.

Nicole Tinson was recently made the Forbes 30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneurs Combining Purpose and Profit

Dr. Berenecea Johnson Eanes was selected as the recipient of the 2019 Scott Goodnight Award for Outstanding Performance as a Dean/Vice President by NASPA-Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education. Then in July she was named interim president of York College in New York.

Our board chair, Michael Jones, continues to lead the work in resolving the Maryland HBCU case. Mike also served as our 2019 Ortique lecturer on law and society in November.

In fact, for the sesquicentennial celebration, all of the Brain Food speakers were alums this year, a great opportunity to highlight for students and the community some of our prominent sons and daughters of Dillard.

The Martin Luther King Jr. preacher was Rev. Pat Watson of Watson Families ministries in New Orleans.

In February we hosted Dr. Nita Landry (a former Miss Dillard) from the CBS show, “The Doctors.”

In arch we hosted journalist and author Lisa Frazier Page.

And in September we hosted award winning poet, Jericho Brown.

During our 150th year our alums continue to make contributions in all areas.

The Prez

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7th president of Dillard University

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