CHICAGO (OCTOBER 30, 2012) Chicago State University President, Wayne D. Watson PhD,
will be presented with one of the highest honors, the Education Leadership Award,
presented by the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, (TMCF). The award is presented by
TMCF to individuals who are pioneers and visionaries in their respective fields, who
have dedicated their lives to helping realize the theme of Developing Minds and Delivering
Dreams to nearly 300,000 students attending Historically and Predominately Black Colleges
and Universities (HBCU's and PBI's).
"I am humbled and honored to receive such an award from this prestigious organization,"
said Dr. Wayne D. Watson. "As the president of a PBI, I am constantly working to engage
our student community, as well as the communities our students come from, to transform
and create better educational opportunities for them", he went on to say.
Dr. Wayne D. Watson became the 21st president of Chicago State University (CSU) on
October 1, 2009. During his first months of tenure, Dr. Watson worked relentlessly
for the implementation of a reformed agenda focused on streamlining operations, establishing
accountability, and redefining the institution overall to create a foundation for
an institutional renaissance. Before becoming the president of CSU, Dr. Watson spent
30 years with the City Colleges of Chicago, one of the largest community college systems
in the nation. Watson has dedicated his time to making a difference in the community
and instilling excellence in education. Currently he serves on the board of directors
for the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) and the National Association
for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO).
The Thurgood Marshall College Fund presents the Education Leadership Award annually
to an extraordinary president or education leader of a HBCU or PBI. This award is
the highest individual award presented by the organization.
Chicago State University was founded in 1867 with just 62 students enrolled in its
first year. Today it is a nationally accredited university with five colleges- Health
Sciences, Arts and Science, Business, Education, and Pharmacy offering 36 undergraduate
and 25 graduate degree-granting programs. In addition, CSU has a Division of Continuing
Education and Non-Traditional Programs that reach out to the community with extension
courses, distance learning and not-for-credit programs. Consistently evolving to reflect
state-of-the-art trends in higher education, Chicago State University prepares students
for success in the twenty-first century. For more information, please visit www.csu.edu