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BOARD OF TRUSTEES TO CELEBRATE BLACK HISTORY MONTH BY HONORING UNIVERSITY FACULTY, STAFF ALONG WITH COMMUNITY LEADER

2/17/2021 - Jackon, Miss.

WHO: Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning
WHAT: Celebrate Black History Month by naming 2021 Diversity Educator of the Year, honoring university faculty and staff and a community leader
KAREN CUMMINS COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD RECIPIENT:
The Honorable Philip Gunn
Speaker, Mississippi House of Representatives
UNIVERSITY HONOREES:
Jermiah K. Billa, Ph.D.
Chairperson and Assistant Professor, Department of Advanced Technologies
Alcorn State University

Tomeka Harbin, Ph.D.
Chair, Associate Professor of Management
Delta State University

Timothy Turner, Ph.D.
Department Chair of Biology
Jackson State University

Qiana M. Cutts, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Mississippi State University

Derris D. Burnett, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Mississippi State University, DAFVM

Ghanshyam Heda, Ph.D.
Professor of Biology
Mississippi University for Women

John Q. Zheng, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair of the Department of English and Foreign Languages
Mississippi Valley State University

Arthur E. Doctor, Ed.D.
Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life
University of Mississippi

Ervin Fox, M.D.
Professor of Medicine, Jackson Heart Study and ARIC Senior Investigator and PI of the RURAL Study
University of Mississippi Medical Center

J. Theresa Bush, M.F.A.
Assistant Professor of Theatre Costume Design and Technology
University of Southern Mississippi
WHEN: Thursday, February 18, 2021, 9:00 a.m.
WHERE: All honorees will participate in the ceremony via teleconference or an online meeting platform. The ceremony will be webcast on the IHL website, www.mississippi.edu.

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The Mississippi Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning governs the public universities in Mississippi, including Alcorn State University; Delta State University; Jackson State University; Mississippi State University including the Mississippi State University Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine; Mississippi University for Women; Mississippi Valley State University; the University of Mississippi including the University of Mississippi Medical Center; and the University of Southern Mississippi.

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