Dr. Brenda Sanders Dédé, associate vice president for academic affairs at Clarion University, was presented with the 2014 Public Service Award during the National Conference on Blacks in Higher Education last spring in Atlanta.
The award goes to those whose public lives and careers have been superlative with regard to addressing broad policy issues relating to the welfare of black Americans. It recognizes those public service leaders who have implemented community, political or business programs designed to stimulate black American participation or influence in those same sectors. Additionally, the award honors individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to the American Association of Blacks in higher Education.
Dédé is a charter member of AABHE. She is a previous recipient of the Doctoral Student Award, given by the American Association of Higher Education (Black Caucus). She has served as a member of the AABHE Planning Committee, where she was chair of the Graduate Student Recognition Committee.
She is a member of the Pennsylvania Black Conference on Higher Education, where she has served as secretary and president. She received the PBCOHE 2002 Mary Davis Baltimore Award for Distinguished Service. She is also a member of the National Council of University Research Administrators, where she has been a member of the professional development committee; Pennsylvania Association of Graduate Deans, where she served as chair; and Northeast Association of Graduate Deans.
She attended the initial session of the PBCOHE Institute for Educational Management Leadership and also the Millennium Leadership Institute sponsored by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. Dédé has presented at local, state, regional and national conferences and has several publications to her credit in the areas of grantsmanship, professional development and leadership.
At Clarion University, Dédé is the student advocate/ombudsman. She previously served as interim associate provost, associate vice president for academic and student affairs, assistant vice president for academic affairs, coordinator of graduate studies and director of faculty research development.
On campus, she is involved with Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority, Lift Every Voice Choir, NAACP, Brothers and Sisters of Christ, GEMS, Martin Luther King Jr. celebration and Juneteenth celebration. She has mentored many students.
In the Clarion community, Dédé serves with the Chamber of Commerce, Borough Planning Commission, Kiwanis Club, United Way, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, SAFE domestic violence agency, Clarion County Community Choir and First Baptist Church. She is serving her second term as an elected member of Clarion Borough Council, of which she is vice president.
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