Dillard University Graduates Set to be Honored by The National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame Foundation
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NEW ORLEANS--Dillard University has three of ten honorees for The National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame Foundation, Inc.’s Annual Legacy of Leaders Alumni Luncheon on September 29, 2017 in Atlanta. This event was established to promote the vitality of HBCUs, and highlight the accomplishments of their alumni as well as honor the significant contributions they have made to their respective institutions. The Dillard honorees are Jimmie Edwards, Distinguished Alumnus; Dr. Sidney Green, National Alumni President of the Year, and the Atlanta Chapter of Dillard University, Small Chapter of the Year.
Jimmie Edwards, ‘70, is a Distinguished Alumnus, who grew up poor, near Mobile, Ala., and earned a scholarship to attend Dillard, where he graduated with a B.S. in Chemistry. Edwards started his career as an analytical chemist at Goodyear Tire in Akron, Ohio, and pursued his MBA at Kent State University. He finished in 1974, becoming the second African-American graduate of that MBA program. He then went on to have a 40 year career in the chemical sales industry, where he worked mostly for Amoco. Edwards said he had “an obligation to give something back” to Dillard, and in 2015, donated $1 million to the University to establish an endowed scholarship for deserving students. This is one of the largest single contributions ever given by an alumnus and it established the largest endowed scholarship in Dillard’s history.
Dr. Sidney Green, ‘61, was named the National Alumni President of the Year. He earned a B.A. in Biology and then a Ph.D. in pharmacology from Howard University in 1972. He is the president of the Dillard University National Alumni Association and has also served three terms as president of the Dillard University D.C. Metropolitan Area Alumni Chapter. Green has been an active member since joining the group around 1962 and has served in a multitude of positions. Green is an adjunct associate Professor of Pharmacology at the Howard University College of Medicine. Green was worked at the Food and Drug Administration for 29 years, Green has served the last six of those in the Senior Executive Service. Green has also served as Chief of the Toxic Effects Branch at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
The Atlanta Chapter of Dillard University was named the Small Chapter of the Year. Karl Gardner, ‘78, is the chapter’s president, who took the group to new levels of community involvement, student recruitment, and giving back to Dillard University. Some of the efforts during his tenure include, the chapter supporting university initiatives like the Dillard Challenge (to raise $200,000 from alumni gifts to be matched by a trustee), the drive to increase funding leadership activities for students, and the push to encourage at least 20 percent of alumni to donate to the university annually, and the Concert Choir’s tour stop in the Atlanta area. The Atlanta Chapter has also sought to increase alumni giving and participation by joining forces with the UNCF's Inter-Alumni Council and other groups. College recruiting is one of the chapter's strongest points of pride and the University can always depend on them to represent and recruit for Fair Dillard. During the Dillard University 2017 Alumni Gala, the chapter was awarded the Ada Green Award for Recruitment in recognition of its outstanding job of supporting the University’s initiatives, while also being innovative in developing its own strategies.
The mission of the NBCA Hall of Fame Foundation is to serve as a catalyst and partner for ensuring the stability, strength and excellence of the nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities. For more details on the events of the 2017 NBCA Hall of Fame Weekend and information on the programs and initiatives of the Foundation, please visit the website at www.nbcahof.org.