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TSU’S MILLICENT LOWNES-JACKSON RECEIVES NATIONAL HBCU BUSINESS DEANS ROUNDTABLE HIGHEST HONOR

By: Tennessee State University

Dr. Millicent Lownes-Jackson, dean of the TSU College of Business, has received the coveted Milton Wilson Award for exceptional service. The award is given by the National HBCU Business Deans Roundtable, an organization dedicated to providing a forum for deans of HBCU business schools to address opportunities and challenges associated with enhancing business programs and initiatives.

Lownes-Jackson, now in her ninth year as dean at TSU, and more than 40 years in higher education, was recognized for her leadership, service and commitment to the academic profession.

“It is truly an honor to receive the Milton Wilson Award named in recognition of a true visionary trailblazer,” Lownes-Jackson said, as she received the award at the 2022 HBCU Business Deans Roundtable in Westlake, Texas, June 2-4.

“I am most grateful to the Executive Committee and the Selection Committee of the HBCU Business Deans Roundtable for seeing some of Milton Wilson’s entrepreneurial qualities and personal attributes in me. As I continue my daily walk through life, I will continue to strive to carry Dr. Wilson’s torch of dedicated commitment to business excellence in higher education.”

The highest honor bestowed by the National HBCU Deans Roundtable, the Milton Wilson Award is named after Dr. Milton Wilson, the founder of Howard University and Southern University’s schools of business, and the first dean to attain American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accreditation for two HBCUs’ schools of business. Milton was also among the nation’s first 100 African American CPAs, and one of the first seven African Americans to earn a doctoral degree in accounting in the nation.

Lownes-Jackson, the first African American woman to receive an MBA degree from Vanderbilt University, began her academic career at TSU where she rose through the ranks from Instructor to full professor, associate dean of the College of Business, and interim TSU provost, before heading the College of Business. Lownes-Jackson also holds a Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University.

For more information on the TSU College of Business, visit https://www.tnstate.edu/bis/.

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