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2011 Black Student Association Awards Ball. Celebrating 50 Years of African African Achievement. Alvin Crawford, MD. The first African American to be admitted to and graduate in 1964 from the UT College of Medicine. He is a native Memphian and alumnus of Melrose H.S.

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2011 black student association awards ball

2011 Black Student Association Awards Ball

Celebrating 50 Years of

African African Achievement


Alvin crawford md

Alvin Crawford, MD

The first African

American to be

admitted to and

graduate in 1964

from the UT College

of Medicine. He is a

native Memphian

and alumnus of

Melrose H.S.


Earline houston md in memoriam

Earline Houston, MDIn Memoriam

The first African

American female to

graduate from the

UT College of

Medicine in 1967.

She was a native

Memphian and an

alumnus of

Manassas H.S.


William f owen jr md

William F. Owen Jr., MD

In 2005 appointed

as the first African

American Chancellor

at UT Health Science

Center and within

the University of

Tennessee System.


Noma anderson phd

Noma Anderson, PhD

In March 2005, Dr.

Anderson was

appointed Dean in

the College of Allied

Health Science. She

is the first African

American to hold

the title of Dean at

UTHSC.


Kennard brown jd mpa phd

Kennard Brown, JD, MPA, PhD

He earned his PhD in

health policy at

UTHSC in 2007. In

2008, Dr. Brown was

appointed Executive

Vice Chancellor for

UTHSC and he is the

first African American

to hold this executive

leadership position.


Veronica mallett md

Veronica Mallett, MD

In August 2005, Dr.

Mallett was

appointed as Chair,

OB/GYN in the

College of Medicine.

She was the first

female and African

American to have this

appointment at

UTHSC.


Todd robinson md phd

Todd Robinson, MD, PhD

Dr. Robinson is a

1992 alumnus of

UTHSC and he also

the first African

American to obtain

both the MD and

PhD. He also holds a

faculty appointment

in Preventive Medicine

at UTHSC.


Beverly j williams cleaves md bs

Beverly J. Williams-Cleaves, MD, BS

The 2nd African

American female to

graduate from UT

College of Medicine

in 1969. She is also

an Associate Professor

in Medicine-

Endocrinology in the

College of Medicine.


Todd smith dds

Todd Smith, DDS

First African American

valedictorian in the

College of Dentistry

(COD) in 2007, and

currently serves as an

instructor in COD

while also working in

private practice.


Wisdom coleman dds mpha in memoriam

Wisdom Coleman, DDS, MPHAIn Memoriam

In 1997, Dr. Coleman

was appointed as

the first African

American Associate

Dean in the College

of Dentistry. His

total years of

employee service

with UTHSC was 39

years.


Jesse mcclure phd in memoriam

Jesse McClure, PhDIn Memoriam

Appointed as

UTHSC’s first male

African American to

serve in the campus

leadership position

of Vice Chancellor

for University Relations

in September 1990.


Mona wicks phd rn

Mona Wicks, PhD, RN

Appointed as the

first African

American Associate

Dean for Research in

the College of

Nursing (CON) in

2007.


Eldridge johnson phd

Eldridge Johnson, PhD

Has given 39 years of

service as a member of

the faculty in College

of Medicine. He also

played a critical role in

1980 and beyond for

UTHSC with health

career programs

targeting African

Americans.


Isaac o donkor phd

Isaac O. Donkor, PhD

In 2008, Dr. Donkor

was appointed as

the first Associate

Dean for Health

Career Programs in

the College of

Graduate Health

Sciences.


Lue ida walls upchurch

Lue Ida Walls-Upchurch

Serves as the chief

of campus police

and the director of

Parking Authority

Since 1997. She is

also the first female

African-American to

hold this position in

the UT System.


Bobby thomas mpa

Bobby Thomas, MPA

First African

American

Assistant

Dean for

Administration in

the College of

Pharmacy.


Chandra west alston mba cap

Chandra West-Alston, MBA, CAP

In 2008, Chandra

West-Alston was

appointed as the

first Assistant Dean

for Administration in

the College of Allied

Health Sciences.


Celebration luncheon

Celebration Luncheon

  • May 28, 2011Noon Luncheon -SAC Center Lounge

  • Speaker: Todd Robinson, MD, PhD

  • Cost: free to new graduates and family and UTHSC faculty alumni.

  • Free event for faculty, staff, alumni and the public but you must RSVP with the Office of Equity and Diversity.


Wine down reception

Wine Down Reception

  • September 16, 2011Soulsville/Stax Museum

  • Cost is $20 per ticket for UTHSC faculty staff, alumni and public, and $15 for UTHSC students.


Diversity day

Diversity Day

  • African American college student recruitment program that will take place November 12, 2011 on the UTHSC campus. For additional information call 448-2112 or [email protected]


Message from the chancellor

Message from the Chancellor

“UTHSC has demonstrated a consistent

commitment to diversity since the

desegregation of the Health Science

Center and the Geier Consent

Decree.  We continue to be progressive

in supporting equal opportunities for

African-Americans to succeed in all

areas of our institution – from student

enrollment and retention, to hiring and

retention of faculty and staff.”

Chancellor Steve Schwab, MD


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