Louis Sullivan ’54, founding president of the Morehouse School of Medicine and the former U.S. Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, addressed the graduates of 2016 graduating class of the Drexel University College of Medicine.
Ronald C. Carter ’71 has resigned from his position as president of Johnson C. Smith University, effective at the end of the 2016-2017 academic year. Carter has been president of the Charlotte, N.C. HBCU for eight years.
1960s The Honorable Herbert Phipps ’64 was honored recently as he retired in November 2016 as a judge on the Georgia Court of Appeals. His legal career spanned 45 years. C. Vernon Mason ’67 was highlighted in a Fortune.com article about the 50th anniversary of The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management at the University of Indiana. The organization is an academic and business network for African American men to help acquire skills to thrive in corporate America. Mason was one of the program’s inaugural members in 1967.
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Samuel L. Jackson ’72 received a Lifetime Achievement Award during the BET Awards in June 2016. Shelton “Spike” Lee ’79 presented Jackson with his award and congratulated “my Morehouse brother.” DeVerges B. Jones ’72 was presented the 2013 Wilbur Parker Distinguished Alumni Recipient Award by the Black Graduate Business Association at Cornell University. The award is given to alumni who demonstrate outstanding professional achievement and commitment to their community. Robert M. Franklin ’75 has been named the senior adviser to Emory University President Claire Sterk. Franklin served as the 10th president of Morehouse College, president of the Interdenominational Theological Center and theologian-in-residence at the Chautauqua Institution.
Shelton “Spike” Lee ’79 was honored at the Sept. 23 Triumph Awards with the “Activism in the Arts Award.” The Triumph Awards was televised on TV One on Oct. 2, 2016.
1980s Kevin M. Sweeney ’81, formerly a director for the Midwest Market with the Nonprofit Finance Fund, has joined Urban Partnership Bank as the market director for Detroit, Mich. Prior to the Nonprofit Finance Fund, Sweeney was a vice president, middle relationship manager, with Fifth Third Bank. In that role, he generated new lending and deposit relationships with nonprofit organizations and agencies throughout southeastern Michigan. His extensive career in financial services also includes working on crossdepartmental projects to improve internal processes and developing sales strategies to include the public sector, non-profits, small businesses and middlemarket companies. Sweeney earned his MBA from Clark Atlanta University. He is a member of the Urban Financial Services Coalition and serves on the board at the National Black Child Development Institute.
Munson Steed ’88 has written a children’s book series, Little Professor Skye, to open the imaginations of young readers and expose them to life’s possibilities. Steed is the CEO of the Steed Munson Group, Inc., whose flagship publication is RollingOut magazine.
1990s John F. Gates ’93, associate dean of the University of Virginia School of Engineering and Applied Science, was featured in a Charlottesville Tomorrow story about a panel discussion that he took part in in September 2016. Bryant Marks ’94, associate professor of psychology at Morehouse and and a senior adviser at the U.S. Department of Education’s White House Initiative On HBCUs, was quoted in Inforum Magazine in a Sept. 26, 2016, article on a White House meeting with 75 police chiefs across the nation to talk about policing. Marks was also the 2016 commencement speaker at Coahoma Community College in Clarksdale, Miss.