Dr. Muriel Hawkins receives national public service award

The American Association for Blacks in Higher Education (AABHE) has presented VSU Associate Provost for Partnerships and Engagement, Dr. Muriel Hawkins, with the group’s Public Service Award.

The Public Service Award is presented to an individual who has demonstrated a commitment to AABHE, experienced career accomplishments and successes and has held leadership positions.

Since coming to VSU in 2011, Dr. Hawkins has led the University’s Concurrent Enrollment initiative that has resulted in 12 agreements between VSU and some of Virginia’s largest public school systems.

Before coming to VSU, she served as Assistant to the President for Campus and Community Relations at Dillard University in New Orleans.  In that role, Hawkins was one of the President’s principal advisors on policies and procedures, and other matters as a member of the President’s Senior Cabinet.  Dr. Hawkins previously completed a one-year assignment as an American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow at Dillard University.  Prior to her appointment at Dillard University, Dr. Hawkins served as Assistant Vice Chancellor (AVC) at the University of Wisconsin (UW) Oshkosh, with programmatic and budgetary leadership for five departments, including representation at the UW System level as the campus’ diversity officer.  For many years, Dr. Hawkins served in a variety of capacities at Chicago State University in Academic Affairs and the College of Nursing and Allied Health Professions.

Dr. Hawkins earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Radiological Sciences from the Rosalind Franklin School of Medicine and Science in Chicago; a Master’s degree in Counseling from The Citadel in Charleston, S.C.; and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction, with a focus on Human Resource Development, from Loyola University of Chicago.   

Dr. Hawkins will receive the AABHE award at the Association’s 2013 National Conference in February.

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