Dr. John Igwebuike honored by Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning at Black History Celebration

The Board of Trustees of State institutions of Higher Learning (IHL) recognized Dr. John Igwebuike for his commitment to excellence at Alcorn State University.

Igwebuike, who serves as vice provost for Academic Affairs, interim dean of the School of Business and faculty athletic representative, was among a number of honorees at IHL’s celebration of Black History Month Thursday, Feb. 18 in Jackson, Mississippi. Igwebuike feels proud to represent the University in a positive fashion.

“I am deeply honored to carry the torch as the 2016 ambassador for Alcorn’s diversity commitment to an inclusive culture,” said Igwebuike. “This commendation represents one of my most cherished recognitions since starting at Alcorn in 2001. It speaks to everything that I value as an academic advisor, student mentor, faculty athletics representative, academic coach, faculty, colleague and administrator. I am most thankful.”

In honor of IHL’s Black History Celebration, Igwebuike spoke on how the recognition motivates him to carry on the legacy of heralded African-American leaders.

“Giving honor to our venerable ancestors who gave up their lives so that education would be a reality for all, I realize that I stand on the shoulders of giants. This pushes me to further infuse inclusive excellence in the academic, advising, athletic and administrative roles that I am privileged to play. By so doing, I am keeping with the poetic words of Maya Angelou, ‘Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave, I am the dream and the hope of the slave’.”

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