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    2015 NACWAA Administrator of the Year Honorees Announced PDF Print E-mail
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    Awards to Be Presented October 13 at the NACWAA National Convention in Tampa

    Dr. Kiki Baker Barnes wears many leadership hats. Currently, she is the president of the Gulf Coast Athletics Conference, Athletics Director at Dillard University, and until three years ago, was Head Women’s Basketball Coach at Dillard University—all while working on her Ph.D. focused on coaches and their influence on student-athlete engagement. She led a major rebranding effort at Dillard University, leading the department through the creation of a new logo and brand image, while launching a new website and a mobile application. As her nominator said, “she is the ultimate team player with great spirit and attitude.”

    Dillard University’s Kiki Baker Barnes Named Athletic Administrator of the Year PDF Print E-mail
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    AD-Barnes-SmallKiki Baker Barnes was chosen as the 2015 Administrator of the Year by the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Directors. Since 2006, Dr. Barnes has been the director of athletics at Dillard University in New Orleans.

    Dr. Barnes also serves as president of the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference. She is currently conducting research on the relationship between coach’s influence, student engagement, and student-athlete success.

    “Dr. Barnes is not just a leader at Dillard,” said Dr. Walter Kimbrough, president of Dillard University. “She is a leader for our conference and for athletics nationally. Her energy and initiative have been great, and we are proud of her accomplishments.”

    Dr. Barnes holds a bachelor’s degree and a doctorate in higher education administration from the University of New Orleans. She also earned a master’s degree in communication and media studies at the University of Louisiana, Lafayette.

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    Dillard Athletic Director selected as 2015 NACWAA Administrator of the Year PDF Print E-mail
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    (Kansas City, Mo.)  Dillard University’s Director of Athletics Dr. Kiki Baker Barnes has been selected as the 2015 Administrator of the Year by the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators (NACWAA). “I am humbled by this honor,” said Barnes.  “I also appreciate my colleagues who nominated me and the opportunity that Dillard University has given me to serve and lead the athletics department.”

    As Athletic Director (AD) at Dillard University, Barnes has distinguished herself as an outstanding professional, community servant and mentor.  She assumed the leadership role in Dillard’s athletic department in 2006.  She is currently the President of the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference (GCAC) and also serves on the National Association of IntercollegiateAthletics’ (NAIA) Athletic Directors Association Board of Directors and is chair for the NAIA’s Conduct and Ethics Committee.

    “Dr. Barnes is not just a leader at Dillard,” said Dr. Walter Kimbrough, President of Dillard University.  “She is a leader for our conference and for athletics nationally.  Her energy and initiative have been great, and we are proud of her accomplishments."

    Within the last school year, Barnes has been selected as one of Girl Scout Louisiana East’s 2014 Women of Distinction, along with Gayle Benson, Mionne LaShe Gooch and Sally-Ann Roberts.  Barnes was named one of New Orleans Magazine’s “People to Watch Class of 2014” and GCAC AD of the Year twice, most recently in the 2013-14 school year.

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    “This award is not only about the influence that women have in athletics, but their impact in the community as well,” said Barnes.  “I have strived to be a servant leader.  My hope is that Dillard students and the entire NAIA will reap the benefits of my efforts,” Barnes added.  “To receive this honor going into my 10th year as the Athletic Director at Dillard University, which is synonymous with the 10th year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, makes this award even special to me.”

    Recent initiatives by Barnes and her staff include launching a new logo and website as well as iPhone and Android applications for the Dillard University athletics department.

    The NACWAA is the premier leadership organization that empowers, develops, assists, celebrates, affirms, involves and honors women working in college sports and beyond.  NACWAA takes a proactive role in advancing women into positions of influence and powerfully shapes the landscape of women leaders.

    Dillard’s Board Chair Michael Jones, ‘ 82 is Named “2015 Male Alumnus of the Year” at HBCU Digest National Media Awards Gala PDF Print E-mail
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    Jones MichaelNEW ORLEANS, LA – Dillard University’s Chair of the Board of Trustees Michael Jones, ’82 was recognized this past weekend as “Best Male Alumnus” during the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Digest Media Week’s award ceremony heldFriday at Hampton University in Virginia.

    Jones, a partner in one of America’s top ranked law firms Kirkland & Ellis, LLP, was recognized for his more than 20 years of support to his alma mater. The nomination stated that Jones not only gave of his time to Dillard University, but he has provided significant financial support through an endowed scholarship of more than $100,000. In addition, he provides funds for faculty excellence incentive awards and student law school admissions test prep courses; and he also leads the University’s Board in garnering financial support from other sources.

    Jones is well known for his outstanding legal work and most notably, the recent landmark $2 billion lawsuit against the state of Maryland on behalf of HBCUs (Bowie State University, Coppin State University, Morgan State University, and University of Maryland Eastern Shore). First filed in 2006 and then argued in 2013, the lawsuit has been a longstanding battle to end the lasting impact of racial segregation in higher education in that state. The decision by a federal court, ruling that the state of Maryland "violated its constitutional commitment" by allowing majority institutions to duplicate the academic programs already offered by the historically black institutions, was monumental for all HBCUs.  Most recently, Jones successfully represented NL Industries in a closely watched lead paint case in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, that was the subject of national media attention. He was featured in theAmerican Lawyer's "Top Guns" article, naming Kirkland the"Litigation Department of the Year" in 2008.

    Jones has previously been recognized as Leading Lawyer (2007); one of the top 10 business litigation attorneys in Washington, D.C. by Legal Times; and one of the top 10 trial attorneys in the nation by The National Law Journal in their feature, "Winning: Successful Strategies From 10 of the Nation's Leading Litigators." He was also chosen as one of the 75 Best Lawyers in Washington, D.C., by Washingtonian magazine. In 2003, Michael was recognized as one of America's Top Black Litigators by Black Enterprise. Jones' cases have been covered by a number of media, including Court TV, The Associated Press, The American Lawyer, Forbes, and CBS News, to name a few.

    The HBCU Digest is a daily blog/news resource providing news synopsis, links and commentary on stories about America’s 105 historically black colleges and universities. Each year it sponsors the HBCU Awards Gala to honor, acknowledge and celebrate achievements at historically black colleges and universities throughout the country. Crowning winners in the fields of leadership, arts, athletics, research, and community engagement, the HBCU Awards is the first and only event to recognize the influence and impact of HBCUs on American culture.

    Dillard University Designates Physics and Film as Signature Programs PDF Print E-mail
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    Ejaaz Mason-Film photo(NEW ORLEANS, LA) – Continuing the tradition of academic excellence, Dillard University is pleased to announce the designation of film and physics as signature programs. The University’s signature programs are majors that epitomize Dillard’s mission and define its distinctiveness in the local, state, and national marketplace.

    Dillard’s Physics Program encourages students to augment their theoretical pursuits with practical endeavors such as assisting professors and publishing journals.  Already ranked as the second highest producer of African-Americans who go on to earn PhDs in physics, as well as one of the top 15 programs in America, according to the American Institute of Physics (AIP) and the American Physical Society (APS), Dillard’s Physics Program has a solid reputation among its peers. According to the AIP over the past 30 years 34,500 PhDs were awarded in the U.S. with only 246 of those awarded to African Americans. Of that number 42 were women. “It’s impressive that of the 42 African American women with PhDs in physics five of them are graduates of Dillard,” said Dr. Yolanda Page, Vice-President for Academic Affairs.

     “In making physics a signature program, we sought to build on our tradition of preparing students for careers as researchers, educators, engineers and beyond,” explained Page. Last year, the University added a Medical Physics concentration to its Physics and Pre-engineering program in a response to a need for well-trained medical physicists in Louisiana.  “Expanding the physics curriculum and designating it as a signature program gives us a strategic edge in the growing medical economy,” she added. 

    Dillard Film is one of a few undergraduate film programs at an HBCU.  In just two years, the program has achieved significant growth with about 20 students majoring and another 20 minoring in Film. Dillard Film students have worked on more than 30 productions, including Lee Daniel’s “The Butler” and Spike Lee’s “Old Boy” and make up to four films per semester as a program.  

    Keylantra Taylor-physics“New Orleans has become one of the leading cities for filmmaking, so it is naturally a preeminent location for students to learn and work in that field,” President Walter M. Kimbrough said.  “We pride ourselves in the fact that we strategically place students with professional crew members giving them the opportunity to learn all aspects of filmmaking,” Kimbrough added.

    Page went on to explain that as signature programs both film and physics will receive major support and increased visibility. Moreover, other possibilities exists such as a financial aid strategy tailored to students majoring in a signature program, endowed professorships, additional faculty and staff positions as well as additional equipment. “The possibilities for these two programs are limitless,” noted Page.

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