The American Council on Education (ACE) announced that Charlene M. Dukes, president of Prince George’s Community College, is the 2014 recipient of the Reginald Wilson Diversity in Leadership award. For her resolve to ensure ALL students have access to the tools and resources needed to succeed academically and professionally, Dr. Dukes is being honored. On her campus and outward, she is a champion for progressive thinking--and making the most cutting-edge and emerging technologies and practices an integral part of the everyday learning environment.
The award is named in honor of Reginald Wilson, senior scholar emeritus at ACE and former director of the Council's Office of Minority Concerns, and was presented at ACE's 96th Annual Meeting. It is given every year to an individual who has made outstanding contributions and demonstrated sustained commitment to diversity in higher education.
"It is a privilege to present the 2014 Reginald Wilson Diversity Leadership Award to Charlene Dukes, whose bold leadership at Prince George's Community College and elsewhere demonstrates an unwavering dedication to the cause of expanding higher education diversity and access," said ACE President Molly Corbett Broad. "She is a pioneer who is intent on helping to forge new opportunities for countless other higher education leaders and students."
Previous Reginald Wilson Diversity Leadership Award winners include (titles reflect status at time of the award): Johnnetta B. Cole, director of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art and former president of Spelman College (GA) and Bennett College (NC); James M. Rosser, president of California State University, Los Angeles; Nancy Cantor, chancellor and president of Syracuse University (NY); Bob H. Suzuki, former president of California State Polytechnic University, Pomona; Freeman A. Hrabowski, III, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County; Eduardo J. Padrón, president of Miami Dade College (FL); William E. Cox, president and CEO of Diverse: Issues in Higher Education; Frank L. Matthews, editor-in chief of Diverse: Issues in Higher Education; James C. Moeser, chancellor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Diana S. Natalicio, president of the University of Texas at El Paso; Tomás Arciniega, president emeritus, California State University-Bakersfield; Jacquelyn Belcher, former president, Georgia Perimeter College; Jewel Plummer Cobb, president and professor of biological science emerita, California State University, Fullerton; Alfredo G. de los Santos, Jr., former vice chancellor for educational and student development, Maricopa Community Colleges (AZ), and research professor, Arizona State University; James J. Duderstadt, president emeritus, University of Michigan; Juliet V. García, president, University of Texas at Brownsville; Kenneth Gros Louis, chancellor, Indiana University-Bloomington; Tom Joyner, nationally syndicated radio personality and philanthropist; Frank H.T. Rhodes, president emeritus, Cornell University (NY); and John Brooks Slaughter, president and CEO, The National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, Inc.