Greensboro, N.C. – Bennett College President Dr. Phyllis Worthy Dawkins has been selected as a recipient of the 2019 Villager Award, an honor bestowed by The Afram Global Organization, Inc.’s Villages Projects Initiative. The award is given annually to African-Americans and others who exemplify Afram’s mission, “Lifting as we Climb!”
Dawkins will be presented the award at a special ceremony in Long Beach, California, on Saturday, May 25.
“We celebrate Dr. Dawkins’ impactful work in leading positive transitions at Bennett College and setting a leadership model that has risen to a level of national and international prominence,” said Gloria J. Willingham-Toure’, CEO of Afram Global Organization, Inc. “We admire her focus on student success and support while opening the doors to career and personal success to students. Her service over the years and continuing influence on many lives are exemplary and inspirational.”
Afram Global Organization, Inc. is a nonprofit charitable organization focused on projects that empower African-Americans and African diaspora immigrants to reduce their own disparities. The mission of its Villages Project is to create environments in which persons from diverse circumstances and experiences can come together and co-learn with each other in a way that bridges opportunity gaps, retains respective cultures and ultimately benefits society.
Dawkins became the 18th President of Bennett College on July 5, 2017. Earlier this year, she led the Institution through a successful “Stand with Bennett” fundraising campaign that, to date, has raised $9.8 million. A strong advocate for students, Dawkins often meets with Bennett Belles and encourages them to continuously strive for success. A native of Asheville, North Carolina, Dawkins grew up in the projects and serves as an excellent example of the fact that all students can achieve success with the proper nurturing, guidance and opportunities.
Dawkins earned her bachelor’s degree from Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, North Carolina, her master’s degree from University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and her Ph.D. from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.
For more information about Dawkins, please refer to http://www.bennett.edu/administration/president/.