Prof. Leon Dash awarded SwanlundChair at University of Illinois

Special to USAfrica The Newspaper, Houston

Leon Dash, professor of journalism in theDepartment of Journalism, has been awarded a Swanlund Chair--thefirst chair ever awarded to a member of the faculty within theCollege of Communications and the Department ofJournalism.

According to Ronald E. Yates, professor ofJournalism and head, Department of Journalism at the University ofIllinois, "The $1.25 million Swanlund Chairs are highly competitiveand are awarded only to those who have demonstrated exemplaryachievement and their field both on and off campus." Prof. Dash wasnominated by the Department of Journalism and coincidentally, by theAfro-American Studies.

Prof. Yates describes the award as"extraordinary" and a "historic accomplishment."