Kennesaw State vice president honored for improving educational outcomes for black males

Warrior Award inductees - International Colloquium of Black Males in Education

Arlethia Perry-Johnson among inaugural class of “Warrior Award” inductees KENNESAW, Ga…

Georgia (Oct 7, 2014)Arlethia Perry-Johnson among inaugural class of “Warrior Award” inductees

KENNESAW, Ga.  (Oct. 7, 2014) — Kennesaw State University Vice President of External Affairs Arlethia Perry-Johnson was honored at an awards ceremony on Oct. 4 by the International Colloquium on Black Males in Education, where she was among the first eight inductees into the inaugural class of “Warrior Awards” recipients. She also was the only female to receive the inaugural award.

The Warrior Awards are distinctions given by the organizers of the international colloquium to individuals who have provided longstanding service, commitment and leadership focused on the most difficult challenges that face black males in education globally.

Perry-Johnson was recognized for her commitment to increasing the attendance and graduation rates for black males in Georgia, and her vision to serve as the founding director of the University System of Georgia’s African-American Male Initiative (AAMI). During her past 12 years as project director, Perry-Johnson has helped grow the nationally recognized initiative to 27 campuses statewide.

Launched in the summer of 2002 by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia, AAMI focuses on increasing the enrollment, retention, and graduation rates of black men within the USG’s 31 public colleges and universities. AAMI achieves its goals through an array of programs that foster academic achievement, including advising, tutoring, mentoring, leadership development, learning communities, and student-engagement initiatives, among other programmatic activities.

“I am truly humbled by this award and am very appreciative of the International Colloquium on Black Males in Education’s convening scholars – University of Wisconsin’s Dr. Jerlando Jackson and Ohio State’s Dr. James Moore – for being recognized among their inaugural class of honorees,” said Perry-Johnson. “The University System of Georgia’s African-American Male Initiative has made tremendous strides in addressing educational challenges faced by black males in attending college. It’s great to work with so many wonderful people who are deeply committed to impacting lives in such a positive way.”

In 2012, Perry-Johnson also was named by the national publication, Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, as one of 25 women leaders who are making a difference across the country.

Prior to joining Kennesaw State University in 2006, Perry-Johnson served as the associate vice chancellor for media and publications and chief spokesperson for the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia from 1995 through 2006. She initially joined Kennesaw State as special assistant to the president for external affairs and was named vice president for external affairs in August 2010.

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Pictured from left: Jerlando F. L. Jackson (Vilas Distinguished Professor of Higher Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Director, Wei LAB; Co-Chair, ICBME); Ron Taylor (Former Vice Provost for Multicultural Affairs and Director of the African American Studies Institute, University of Connecticut); Mac A. Stewart (Former Vice Provost and Chief Diversity Officer, The Ohio State University; Founder, Todd A. Bell National Resource Center on the African American Male); Roy Jones (Executive Director, Call Me MISTER, Clemson University); James Earl Davis (Professor and Bernard C. Watson Endowed Chair in Urban Education, and Interim Dean, School of Education, Temple University); Gregory A. Vincent (Vice President for Diversity and Community Engagement, University of Texas at Austin); Arlethia Perry-Johnson; Melvin C. Terrell (Former Vice President for Student Affairs, Northeastern Illinois University); and James L. Moore III (EHE Distinguished Professor of Urban Education, The Ohio State University; Associate Vice Provost in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion; Inaugural Director, Todd A. Bell National Resource Center on the African American Male; Co-Chair, ICBME)



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