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Brown University Honors Dr. Hughes with Doctor of Laws PDF Print E-mail
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Respected educator and leader, you became the sixth president and first woman to lead Dillard University just weeks before it faced the greatest challenge in its 138-year history: the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. Despite the more than $400 million in damage your university suffered, you have been steadfast and strong in guiding Dillard during its recovery, facilitating the rebuilding of its historic and beloved 55-acre campus.

You inspire us with your dedication to Dillard's longstanding mission and your determination to make the university a vital part of the rebuilding and economic recovery of New Orleans. For your deep, continued commitment to academic excellence, community service, and partnerships with public and private sectors, we honor you as Doctor of Laws, honoris causa.

Ornata qua magistra qua dux, tu praeses nona et primus femina praeses universitatis Dillardensis facta es paucis diebus ante vastationem procellae nomine Katrinae, quod erat maximus labor in annis plus quam centum. universitatem magna calamitate captam tu tamen constantia fortitudineque gubernavit et restitutionem campi augusti gratique egit.

Admiramur tuum studium in longiquum consilium universitatis et in refectionem materialem oeconomicumque urbis New Orleans universitate aeque participi. Pro eruditione beneficioque et pro operibus communibus cum publicis privatisque, appellamus te Doctorem Legum, honoris causa.

Auctoritate mihi commissa te ad gradum in Legibus Doctoris admitto, omniaque jura atque privilegia ad hunc gradum pertinentia tibi concedo. In huius testimonium hoc diploma tibi gaudens trado.

Florida State University Names Dr. Marvalene Hughes Its "Distinguished Educator" For 2001 PDF Print E-mail
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Dr. Marvalene Hughes, now serving in her eighth year as President of California State University, Stanislaus, will be honored as the Distinguished Educator for 2001 by her alma mater, Florida State University.

The award will be bestowed at Florida State's Annual Homecoming on Saturday, November 10. The distinction is particularly poignant for Hughes, who was the first African-American to earn a Ph.D. from Florida State.

"This award is weighted with tremendous meaning for me, far beyond any personal validation," Hughes said. "I hope this is indicative to people who aspire for excellence and value public service that their efforts can make a difference."

This is the second alumna award for President Hughes. In 1996, she was named Alumna of the Year by the National Alumni Association of Tuskegee University, where she earned a bachelor's degree in English and history and a master's degree in counseling psychology and administration.Senator Dick Monteith awarded her the honor of "Woman of the Year" in the California State Senate for the year 2001.

Although she has been the recipient of many professional and community service awards at the state, national, and international levels, she remains very humble, citing her public service mission as a driving force. When asked to what she attributes the awards, she responded, "One of my greatest gifts as a professional has been in knowing how to carefully choose winners to be on my team and who have a shared vision for an important public mission. Together, when we are able to make our collective dreams a reality, it is rewarding for all of us."

While a graduate student at Columbia University in New York, where she received a full scholarship, Dr. Hughes showed a penchant for achieving "firsts" in her field. She conducted research that led to the first Head Start program in the nation. The following year, she was appointed as Director of Education for the first Job Corps center for women.

She later served as the first African-American national president of the Association of University and College Counseling Centers, and in 1986 she was elected as President of the American College Personnel Association, an organization of more than 9,000 members. In 1994, she became the first female and African-American president of CSU Stanislaus.

Since coming to CSU Stanislaus, President Hughes and her team have introduced and implemented key initiatives that have advanced the University's reputation as one of the finest universities in the country. CSU Stanislaus received its first national ranking under her leadership in 1995 and has enjoyed six consecutive rankings. This year U.S. News & World Report magazine ranked the University in the Top 10 in the West for schools offering bachelor's and master's degrees.

Her reputation as a higher education expert and visionary has led to involvement and leadership roles in a number of important programs at the international, national, and state levels. Her career reveals a deep commitment to academic excellence, community service, and partnerships with the public and private sectors.

Always on the side of expanding public educational opportunities, she worked with the Clinton administration to inaugurate the federal initiative, "High Hopes for College American Youths."

As national president of women presidents, she recently led a delegation of 24 women presidents and chancellors to spend a day with the New York Times to discuss with the senior managers and senior editor the unique contributions of women as leaders in higher education, with specific emphasis on public higher education institutions. Presently, she is writing a book about women presidents as leaders of public higher education institutions.

President Hughes has conducted research and authored or co-authored numerous chapters and refereed articles related to education, managing organizations, human behavior, and diversity. She was the keynote presenter at the International Women's Conference held at the Great Hall of the People of the Republic of China on Tianenmen Square. Dr. Hughes has also given keynote addresses throughout the United States as well as in Austria, Portugal, South Africa, Costa Rica, Russia, Lithuania, China, Bermuda, Jordan, the Emirates, and Ethiopia.

Answering the Call: African American Women in Higher Education Leadership PDF Print E-mail
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Hardback: 978 1 57922 253 6
Price: $65.00

Paperback: 978 1 57922 254 3
Price: $22.50

Publisher: Stylus Publishing

Journeys to Leadership Series

Although much has been written about leaders and leadership, we unfortunately know little about women, particularly minority women, who fill this particular role.

This book – the second in a series that explores women leaders in different contexts – presents the stories, and the reflections on their paths to leadership, of seven African-American women. Five are, or have been, college presidents; three have devoted a good portion of their lives to leadership in higher education policy at state and/or national levels.

Each has been the first woman, or first African American, or first African-American woman in one or more of the positions of authority that she has held. Along the way, they have overcome the double bind of sexism and racism that can inhibit the professional attainment of African-American women, particularly as they move toward the top of their professions.

Although their pathways into leadership are different, definite similarities in their experiences, values, and beliefs emerge. Their values took root in the 1960s, a time of strong cohesion in the Black community, a time during which African Americans and women made great strides toward equality. They recognize that they owe their strength to the confidence and sense of empowerment instilled in each of them by parents and early role models. Several of them believe that their leadership skills were born out of their childhood experiences. Grateful for the support they have received, these women leaders express a need to give back to those communities that nourished their growth and leadership – of which this book is a manifestation.

At a time when national demographic data indicate that a significant turnover in college leadership is about to occur – presenting increased opportunities for women and minorities – these African-American women leaders hope that the strategies they describe, the insights they impart, the experiences they recount, and, most of all, the passion they have sustained for the betterment of and greater inclusiveness in higher education, will inspire the next generation of women to answer the leadership call.

The African-American women leaders featured in this book are Debra Austin, Lois Carson, Marvalene Hughes, Yolanda Moses, Beverly Daniel Tatum, Jerry Sue Thornton, and Belle S. Wheelan. These women exude strength and self-confidence. They each hold the belief, as Belle Wheelan puts it, that "with a little heart and a lot of learning I can do anything."

Marvalene Hughes Research in Education Symposiums PDF Print E-mail
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The Marvalene Hughes Research in Education Symposium is an annual event, organized by the Council on Research in Education (CORE), that allows for faculty and students to share current research projects.

Held in conjunction with the annual spring faculty meeting, the symposium provides an avenue for internal celebration of the quality research being done across the College and offers opportunities for further collaboration across departments.

Dr. Marvalene Hughes is a distinguished alumna of the College, an FSU Grad Made Good, and current President of Dillard University in New Orleans, LA. Her generous support of this event portrays her commitment to higher education and her vision for creating partnerships that advance the common good.

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Western New York Network for Women Leaders in Higher Education PDF Print E-mail
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Marvalene Hughes, Ph.D. serves as the sixth and first woman president of Dillard University in New Orleans, a historically black, 4-year, comprehensive liberal arts college established in 1869. Dr. Hughes began her tenure as president of Dillard July 1, 2005. Her leadership has been most profound as she continues to guide the university through the effects of Hurricane Katrina, the nation's most devastating natural/human disaster.

With unwavering determination, she has guided Dillard University and facilitated the rebuilding of the campus which sustained more than $400 million in flood, fire and wind damage. She is leading the university through the substantial recovery, rebuilding, and master planning of the 55-acre campus while continuing routine functions of a regular university administration at the Hilton Riverside Hotel.

Prior to beginning her tenure at Dillard University, Dr. Hughes served as President of California State University, Stanislaus for eleven years where she is credited with increasing enrollment by 40%, fundraising by 416%, capital construction by 41%, and achieving many national rankings for the first time in the University's history. In addition, she has served in a number of high-level administrative positions at major research institutions including the vice president and professor at the University of Minnesota; vice president and professor at the University of Toledo; associate vice president at Arizona State University; and senior-level administrator and professor at San Diego State University.

She has been an active leader in major national organizations, including the Association of American State Colleges and Universities where she chaired the Women's presidents group in America, the National Association of Land Grant colleges and Universities where she chaired Vice Presidents, The National President of the American College Personnel Association and the President of the National Association of Counseling Center Directors. She has initiated international partnerships with the Arab American University in Jenin (Palestinian Territory) in 1995, the Ethiopian-African American University (Addis Ababa) in 1997, Hanseo University in South Korea in 1997, Evora University in Portugal in 1999, The University of the Azores in 2001, Tamkang University in Taiwan in 2002, Université de Cergy-Pontoise in France in 2004, Communication University of China in Beijing and Universidad Regiomontana in Monterrey, Mexico in 2005. In these partnerships, she served as the founding American President who guided the universities through global partnership building.

In 2005, Dr. Hughes was selected as one of the top 10 Black women in Higher Education in America; Black Voices, April 2005. Dr. Hughes has conducted research and authored or co-authored numerous chapters and articles related to education, managing organizations, human behavior and diversity. She served on editorial boards of major journals and has made hundreds of presentations to national and international audiences, and has given keynote addresses throughout the United States as well as in Austria, South Africa, Costa Rica, Russia, Lithuania, China, Bermuda, Jordan, the Emirates and Ethiopia.

In August, 2006, she delivered the invited keynote address at the Great Hall of the People of the Republic in Beijing China to the International Conference for Women University Presidents. It was her third invited address on Women's issues at the Great Hall.

In 2006, she served as co-author of the AASCU / NASULG national document on diversity. She earned her Ph.D. in Administration and Counseling from Florida State University, after studying at Tuskegee University, New York University and Columbia University. Dr. Hughes is the recipient of a number of honorary degrees, including the Honorary Doctor or Laws recently bestowed upon her at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. She has pursued post-doctoral study at three Harvard University Summer Institutes and one institute at Oxford University, England. Her career reveals a deep commitment to academic excellence, community service and partnerships with public/private sectors.

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