ACE today named Charlene M. Dukes, president of Prince George’s Community College (MD), the 2014 recipient of the Reginald Wilson Diversity Leadership Award.
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. (Pictured left to right: ACE President Molly Corbett Broad, Charlene Dukes, Reginald Wilson.)
“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 forge new opportunities for countless other higher education leaders and students.”
Dukes is the eighth and first female president of Prince George’s Community College (PGCC). With more than 44,000 students, 95 percent of whom are students of color, the college has been identified as a predominantly black institution and a White House Champion of Change.
PGCC and its six campuses near Washington, DC, offer 200 credit and workforce development and continuing education programs. PGCC is also the location of the first middle college high school in Maryland, the Academy for Health Sciences, which is a partnership with the Prince George’s County Public Schools. The first graduating class will receive high school diplomas and associate degrees simultaneously in May 2015.
Dukes holds membership in a variety of professional organizations, including the boards of directors of the American Association of Community Colleges, the American Association of Colleges and Universities, the Community College Advisory Panel of the College Board, the Institute for Higher Education Policy, the President’s Round Table, and the National Council on Black American Affairs. She is a member of the board of directors of the Prince George’s County Chamber of Commerce, the Business Round Table, Doctors’ Community Hospital, the Harlem Renaissance Foundation, College Summit and Hillside-Works Scholarship Connection.
From 2002 through 2006, she served on the Appointed Board of Education of Prince George’s County and chaired the Student Support, Student Appeals and Personnel Committees. In May 2007, she was appointed by Governor Martin O’Malley to serve on the Maryland State Board of Education. From July 2009 to July 2012, she served as vice-president of the Board and assumed the role of president in July 2012.
Dukes is a lifetime member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and the “Go On Girl” National Book Club. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education with an English concentration from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a master’s and doctorate in Administrative and Policy Studies from the University of Pittsburgh.
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.
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