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Dillard University Names Alumnus Michael Jones, Board Chair and Announces New Trustees PDF Print E-mail
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Untitled(New Orleans) – Longtime Board member and Dillard alumna Joyce Roché, ’71, turned over the reigns of the Dillard University Board of Trustees to fellow alumnus Michael Jones,’82, effective May 9, 2014.  Roché, who has served on the board for nearly 30 years and as chairperson since 2005, led the university through one of its most challenging decades in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Under her leadership, Dillard restored its campus facilities, including the construction of two new buildings - the Professional Schools and Sciences Building and a Student Union, Recreation, Health and Wellness Center.

“It has been an honor and a privilege to serve my alma mater and to lead its reconstruction efforts,” Roché said. “Even in the darkest hour, I never gave up hope that Dillard would be back stronger than ever, ”she added. “We are forging forward and I am confident that the newly appointed chair will continue moving the University to higher levels,” Roché said.

Joyce Roché has been a trailblazer in the corporate world for 25 years, as Avon's first African-American female vice president; Chief Operating Officer of Carson Products Company, now part of L'Oreal; the former Chief Executive Officer of the national nonprofit Girls Incorporated; and a board member of five Fortune 500 companies.

Roché is the author of The Empress Has No Clothes: Conquering Self-Doubt to Embrace Success (Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2013). In it she shares her life-long struggle with the impostor syndrome which can stifle one’s achievements and continued success. Learn more at

Dillard alumnus Michael D. Jones,’82, is a partner in the law firm of Kirkland and Ellis, LLP, in Washington, D.C. and has been a member of Dillard’s Board of Trustees since 2006. He has a national trial practice that has ranged from New York to Hawaii.  Jones serves as co-chair of the Board of Directors for the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (LCCRUL) and is a fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers.  He has been recognized by the Legal Times as a “Champion of Justice” and Georgetown University with the outstanding alumni award.

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Jones graduated cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center in 1985 where he also received the Thurgood Marshall Award.  He received his B.A. from Dillard University, in New Orleans, LA, graduating summa cum laude.   He is an adjunct professor of Trial Advocacy at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. 

In addition, the University has recently appointed five new members to its Board of Trustees:  Kim M. Boyle, partner with Phelps Dunbar, LLP; CNN Legal Analyst Sunny Hostin; Charles Rice, president and CEO - Entergy New Orleans, Inc.; Carol A. Solomon, CEO – Peoples Health; and Matthew M. Wisdom, director and CEO - Turbo Squid, Inc.

“I am very excited and humbled to be appointed as Chair of Dillard’s Board,” Jones said. “I welcome the opportunity to serve in this new capacity and I welcome these stellar individuals who are joining the board of trustees,” he added. “With their appointment and the new administration, it is a very exciting time at Dillard.”

Kim M. Boyle, partner with Phelps Dunbar, LLP; practice areas include labor and employment, civil rights, constitutional law, commercial, tort, and general litigation. Boyle earned a juris doctorate from the University of Virginia School of Law and a bachelor’s degree in teaching from Princeton University.

Sunny Hostin, CNN legal analyst, is an attorney and multi-platform journalist. As legal analyst for CNN’s “American Morning,” she is known for her detailed analysis of high-profile trials and legal issues. Hostin earned an undergraduate degree in Communications from Binghamton University and her juris doctorate from Notre Dame Law School.

Charles Rice is president and CEO - Entergy New Orleans, Inc., a $750 million a year electric and gas utility. Rice holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Howard University, a juris doctorate from Loyola University’s School of Law and a master’s degree in business administration from Tulane University.

Carol A. Solomon, CEO – Peoples Health Network, has held leadership positions at other Louisiana-based healthcare organizations, serving as CEO for MedFirst Health Plans, and directing the development of a pilot managed care project at LSU Medical Center.

Matthew M. Wisdom, CEO, Director, and Chief Technology Officer of Turbo Squid, Inc.. He is also a founding partner and senior producer of 3Dvisual effects for Chimera Digital Imaging. Wisdom is a graduate of Brown University.

Other members of the Dillard University Board of Trustees include: Frank Mason, owner of FranGlo, Linden, NJ, who serves as vice chair of the board; Ronnie V. Burns, Sr., president and CEO-BMG Enterprises, New Orleans, LA, secretary; M. Cleland Powell, III, executive vice president, Iberiabank, New Orleans, LA, treasurer; Dr. Victoria H. Barbosa, dermatologist, Chicago, IL; The Honorable Ruth Carter, Detroit, MI; Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey, United Methodist Church, Baton Rouge, LA; Pamela Francois, Dillard University National Alumni Association, Gonzales, LA; Dathel C. Georges, New Orleans, LA; Orim Graves, CFA, executive director, National Association of Securities Professionals, Philadelphia, PA; Pres Kabacoff, president, Historic Restoration, Inc., New Orleans, LA; Dr. James E. Lyons, (retired) interim president (Dillard), Conyers, GA; and Walter M. Kimbrough, president-Dillard University.

2014 GCAC Track and Field Champions-Bleu Devils PDF Print E-mail
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Bleu Devils 2014 GCAC Track champs

Dillard's track team takes first place in the Gulf Coast Atlantic Conference "Meet of the Champs", Saturday, April 12! Congratulations to the 2014 Conference Champions!

(New Orleans)  The Dillard Bleu Devils track and field team scored 178 points en route to a 2014 Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Track and Field Championship at Tad Gormley Stadium.  The win marked the second GCAC Track and Field Championship in the last four years for the men’s team.

Junior runner Jevonte Ezzard kicked things off with a first place finish in the Men’s 3000 Meter Steeplechase with a time of 11:02.78, a personal best, as Dillard proceeded to have runners finish third, fourth and fifth respectively in the same event.  The men’s 4x100 meter relay team also earned a first place finish, posting a time of 42.06.  Seniors Matt Jones, Wendell Collins, and juniors Tobyus Simmons and Kermit Buggagerounded out Dillard’s relay team.

“I’m blessed,” said Simmons, who earned his first collegiate ring.  “It’s more of a relief than anything.”

Jones also finished first place overall in the Men’s 400 Meter Dash with a time of 49.32 while Simmons finished second in the men’s 100 Meter Dash, posting a time of 10.66, virtually tying the first place finisher (Stanley Johnson-Voorhees) who also produced a time of 10.66.

Edward Waters College finished second overall with 153 points while GCAC newcomer Voorhees College finished in third with 106 points.  In the previous two seasons, the Bleu Devils ended up on the short end of the stick with two second place finishes as Edward Waters earned back to back championships.

For Dillard, senior Sean Wilson finished first in the Men’s 110 Meter Hurdles with a time of 16.41 while junior Rudy Garza placed second with a time of 17.32.  Senior Emory Nash finished first place overall in the Men’s 800 Meter Run, posting a time of 2:01.00.

The Bleu Devils will now participate in Friday’s track meet at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond as they prepare for NAIA Nationals in Gulf Shores, AL, which begin on May 22.

Dillard Alumnus, Dr. Warren A. Jones, ’71, Named Endowed Chair of Health Disparities Research PDF Print E-mail
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Warren JonesDillard University has appointed Warren A. Jones, MD, FAAFP to the position of Endowed Chair in Health Disparities Research.  The Endowed Chair position is established as a central part of the University’s Health Disparities Research Endowment supported by the National Institutes of Health/ National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD).

As endowed chair, Jones will develop, implement and oversee the university’s health disparities research program supporting the institutional resources and research capacity building. The ultimate goal is to make the program and the university a premier institution for training and educating researchers to better understand and eliminate health disparities.

Jones has over thirty years experience in health care.  Notably, he founded and established the Mississippi Institute for Improvement of Geographic Minority Health and Health Disparities (MIGMH) at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMC).  Over the course of his tenure there, Jones secured approximately $38 million dollars for MIGMH and its constituent programs. 

"Serving as the Endowed Chair of Health Disparities Research affords me the opportunity to serve my Alma Mater, Fair Dillard, as she continues her long history of leading the way to healthier lives in New Orleans, the state of Louisiana and the entire United States,” Jones said. “Together, we will make tremendous strides in eliminating Health Disparities."

Jones’ other professional experience includes directing the State of Mississippi’s Medicaid Program.  As program director, he was responsible for providing health care for over 768,000 Mississippians.   He also developed and implemented the Mississippi Medicaid Medical Home program that allowed for annual physical examinations and health assessments.

Over the course of his career, Jones has been recognized for his pioneering efforts in the field of health as well as a distinguished educator. He was recognized as Outstanding Minority Educator in the State of Mississippi and was elected the first and only African American President of the American Academy of Family Physicians.  

He was also the first African American appointed as an associate vice chancellor at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.

Jones is Chair Emeritus of Family Medicine at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMC), Chair Emeritus of the National Medical Association’s Family Medicine Section and Immediate Distinguished Professor of Health Policy at UMC. He is the recipient of many awards and honors including an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Tougaloo College. 

A native of New Orleans, Dr. Jones is a 1967 graduate of Joseph S. Clark High School, a 1971 graduate of Dillard and a 1978 graduate of the Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans.  He is married to the former Gennie Lacy of Pickens, MS and is the father of six children: Aaron, Keith, Winston, Deanna, Cassandra and Madison.

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DU cheerleaders give back to NOLA community PDF Print E-mail
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DU cheerleaders give back

Written by Habtom Keleta, Director of Sports Information

(New Orleans) The Dillard University cheerleaders took time out during their finals week to give back to people who are less fortunate in the community. Nick Harris, Director of Office of Community Relations at Dillard, worked in conjunction with the cheerleaders as well as several local pastors in Gentilly and the Lower 9th Ward. The cheerleaders donated their time and money to provide healthy meals to some families, and also helped the elderly decorate for Christmas.

“I was just so excited about the young people through the cheerleader’s civic engagement and their understanding the need to help others out who are less fortunate by providing healthy meals for their family,” said Harris.

“It really meant a lot to me to see how much they enjoyed giving back to the community, and I think all of our students should be involved in this level of giving. I hope we can continue this tradition during the holidays, especially Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter,” said Harris. The various families were referred to by ministers from the community.

“It felt good to visit the lady whose husband died,” said Miss Sophomore Ashley Green. “I plan to go back and visit her next semester,” she stated.

The lady she is referring to is Ms. Clara James, who lives in the Gentilly community. James lost her husband earlier this year.

“As I contemplate about this time of the season, the things that Mr. Harris and Dillard have done for our community have been amazing,” said Rev. Lionel Davis, Pastor of Pentecost Baptist Church in the Pilotland neighborhood of New Orleans.

“I don’t know where we would be without Dillard’s personal hand. One thing I can truly say about the work that Dillard has done is that it means the future of our communities will continue to thrive as we all give back to the community.”

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WMK 2-20122(New Orleans) – Dr. Walter M. Kimbrough, president of Dillard University will be interviewed on the Melissa Harris-Perry Show this Sunday, Dec. 8 during the 11 a.m. to Noon. Kimbrough will be discussing Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Hip Hop, sex, and women.

Appointed as Dillard’s president in July, 2012, Kimbrough fosters a forward-thinking, student-focused campus culture and Kimbrough is one of the most dynamic figures in higher education today. Frequently called upon to provide his thoughts on the value of HBCUs, Greek fraternities, and current trends in education, Kimbrough recently gave an insightful statement during the U.S. Department of Education’s forum on college affordability and a proposed new rating system for higher education at Louisiana State University (LSU) in Baton Rouge.

During the forum, he pointed out that the rising cost of operations for security, technology, insurance and health care all impact the cost of education. Kimbrough also noted that the Parent Plus Loan fiasco has had a significant financial impact on students’ ability to continue in college. He compared the cost of incarceration with the cost of education stating that Louisiana is the “incarceration capital of the United States which itself is the incarceration capital of the world.” “We spend over $31,000 per inmate annually,” Kimbrough said. “If that were applied to Pell grants that would give every Louisiana Pell Grant recipient almost three times as much as they receive now.”

Kimbrough is currently participating in a special Twitter series #NPRBlacksinTech hosted by NPR’s Tell Me More show to engage the digital public in conversations with black innovators, scientists and tech thinkers. He participated in a roundtable on the show hosted by Michel Martin prior to launching the Twitter series which runs Dec. 2-20, 2013. He now has nearly 8,000 twitter followers as the Hip-Hop Prez. To tweet Kimbrough go to @HipHopPrez; for the Melissa Harris-Perry show go to @MHPshow.

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