SU President Freeman presents award to former SU President Delores Spikes
- Thursday, October 15, 2009
SU System President, Kassie Freeman, presented an award to president
emerita Delores R. Spikes during the first reunion of the National Association for Equal Opportunity in
Higher Education (NAFEO) Kellogg Leadership Fellows program held
August 30, 2009 in Washington D.C.Spikes was recognized for her major contributions to enhancing the
quality of leadership, excellence and commitment to Historical Black
Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and to higher education in general.
“It was very special to be recognized by NAFEO with this honor,” said Spikes.
“During this event I had the opportunity to reassemble with program
participants and directors, all of whom have made significant impacts among
colleges and universities nationwide.”
The Leadership Fellows program was created by a grant funded by the
Kellogg Foundation to assist minorities who aspired to become leaders.Spikes was instrumental in the development of
the NAFEO Kellogg Leadership Program by serving on its Board of Directors.“We were successful because this group of
individuals was specifically trained to excel as leaders in higher education,
and all have risen to positions of authority,” said Spikes. “The success of
this program has proven that our people can go anywhere and become leaders, and
I’m happy to know that we produced fine young leaders from this program.”
The NAFEO Kellogg Leadership Fellows Program, a four year program,
ended officially in 2006. The program was designed for the specific
purpose of assisting in the preparation of outstanding HBCU Presidents.
The goal was for ten participants to become presidents in ten years.
To date, the Fellows are in key leadership positions in thirty-three of the
one hundred and eight HBCUs.
Of the thirty-three Fellows that have completed the
program, four are now presidents. They are Dr. Melvin N.
Johnson, President of Tennessee State University, Dr. Earl G. Yarbrough
Sr., President of Savannah State University, George T. French Jr., Ph.D.,
Esq., President of Miles College and Dr. Karl S. Wright, President of
Florida Memorial University. On Friday, June 26, 2009, Dr. Kassie Freeman
was appointed Interim President of the Southern University System. Additionally,
eighteen Fellows have been promoted.
“It was an extreme honor to present such an award to Dr. Spikes who is one of
my personal mentors,” said SU System President Kassie Freeman.“Dr. Spikes is a true leader and trailblazer
for all in higher education.”
Spikes is a native of Baton
Rouge, and has devoted more than 50 years of her life to the field of
education.Additionally, Spikes has the
unique ability to teach and mentor students, professors and administrators.
Even though she is currently retired, Spikes does not tire of listening,
advising and helping her mentees and former colleagues, and takes enormous
pride in their accomplishments, many of whom have become administrators in
higher education. Dr. Spikes is a former President of the Southern
University System and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.
“Dr. Spikes has made significant contributions to the NAFEO Kellogg
Leadership Fellows Program by enhancing the quality of leadership, excellence
and commitment to all HBCUs and to the advancement of our people and to higher
education,” said Arthur Thomas, past Chairman of NAFEO’s Board of Directors.“We sincerely appreciate all of her
contributions to institutions of higher education throughout the country.”