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ASU's Dr. Lonnie Williams is outstanding
recipient of Silas Hunt Legacy Award
Sept. 17, 2009 --
University-Jonesboro's Dr. Lonnie Williams, associate vice chancellor
for Student Affairs, is one of this year's four outstanding recipients
of the Silas Hunt Legacy Award presented by the
University of Arkansas at
Fayetteville. The Silas Hunt Legacy Award recognizes African Americans
for their significant contributions to the community, state and nation.
Throughout the 2009-10 academic year, the recipients will visit with
students and the community on the University of Arkansas campus. The
year of celebration will conclude at a black-tie event in April.
The Silas Hunt Legacy Award was created by the University of
Arkansas-Fayetteville in 2005 and
first awarded in 2006. This year’s recipients, including Dr.
Williams, were nominated by the
public and selected by a volunteer selection committee of University of
Arkansas alumni, friends, faculty, students, and staff.
On Feb. 2, 1948, Silas Hunt became the first black student in modern
times to attend a major Southern public university when he was admitted
without litigation into the University of Arkansas School of Law. Hunt,
who grew up in Texarkana, Ark., was a veteran of World War II and earned
his undergraduate degree at Arkansas Agricultural, Mechanical and Normal
College, now the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. Hunt died of
tuberculosis in the spring of 1949 before finishing his law degree.
Dr. Lonnie Williams (B.S.B.A. 1978, M.Ed.
1984, Ed.S. 1991, Ed.D. 2001) currently serves as associate vice chancellor for
at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. Prior to this position, he
served as the assistant vice chancellor for Student Affairs at the
University of Arkansas from 1991 until 2003. His service to the
University of Arkansas during those years included board of directors’ positions for
the Arkansas Alumni Association and the Black Alumni Society. He served
on the chancellor’s diversity task force, the multicultural center
creation committee, the Silas Hunt Hall dedication committee, and many
other advising and governing bodies that sought to improve the college
experience for minority students. Last year, Williams was presented with
the Thomas E. "Pat" Patterson Education Award, presented by the Arkansas
Democratic Black Caucus to an individual who fights for equality of
educational opportunity for students and education of employees of color
and those who are poor.
Stripling, vice chancellor for Student Affairs at Arkansas State
University-Jonesboro, says “We
are exceptionally proud to have Dr. Lonnie Williams as an integral and
highly valued member of the Student Affairs administrative team. The
Silas Hunt award is truly a recognition worthy of affirming the
significant contributions Dr. Williams has made since he has been on the
campus of ASU. His exemplary work in recruiting minorities is recognized
across the campus and the state. One of the hallmarks of his expertise
has been his implementation of new programs that promote student
success. We are grateful to have him at ASU.”
"In 2006, the university recognized 10 exceptional individuals for
their influence and commitment to bettering the world around them," said
University of Arkansas Chancellor G. David Gearhart. "This year, we are pleased to add four
impeccably worthy names to the list of Silas Hunt Legacy Award honorees.
Silas Hunt was a trailblazer, and the individuals we honor this year are
no different. They have each brought something unique to the University
of Arkansas, and they have changed and inspired many lives. Better
still, they continue to do so."
The other recipients of the Silas Hunt Legacy Award are Dr. Johnetta
Cross Brazzell of McDonough, Ga.; Mr. Ronnie Brewer of Farmington, Ark.,
and Salt Lake City, Utah; and
Mr. Gerald Jordan (B.A. 1970) of Fayetteville, Ark. See the
Wednesday, Aug. 19
issue of Daily Headlines from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville
for more information on the other recipients.
--Danielle Strickland, manager, Advancement Communications, Office of
University Relations, contributed to this release.