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Harris-Stowe State University named first recipient of Distinguished HBCU of the Year Award in this year's IAAwards


The Initiative Achievement On-Line Awards in its second year of existence recognizes the significance and the present achievements of the current HBCU institutions and its students through multiple of categories, who participated as an HBCU Supported Institution with the HBCU Campaign Fund. The nominations are audience based on giving all HBCUs and students a chance to be part of the experience. Categories are split between ONLY HBCU Campaign Fund's 2015 HBCU Supported Institutions and for all HBCUs.

This year, two new categories were added, which is the Lifetime Recognition Award, which honors an individual which is selected by the HBCU of the Month Committee, Board of Directors and upon audience nominations on their commitment, outstanding service, and contributions to historically black colleges and universities, students and the community. The Distinguished HBCU of the Year Award, which honors an HBCU institution, is selected by the HBCU of the Month Committee, Board of Directors and upon audience nominations on recognition of its past and current achievements, success, servings of academic excellence, current year rankings recognition by various sources and contributions as an HBCU and to the community.

Below we present you with the first recipient of HBCU Campaign Fund's Distinguished HBCU of the Year Award in the 2015 Initiative Achievement.



                  Harris-Stowe State University named HBCU Campaign Fund's 2015 HBCU Distinguished HBCU of the Year

In 1857, established as a normal school for white students, it was subsequently named Harris Teachers College, after William Torrey Harris, a former St. Louis superintendent of schools and the United States Commissioner of Education. In 1920, it was authorized to issue a four-year Bachelor of Arts in Education degree. In 1890, the St. Louis school system established Sumner Normal School to train black teachers and in 1929, the name was changed to Stowe Teachers College, after author Harriet Beecher Stowe. Harris and Stowe Colleges were merged into on institution after the U.S. Supreme Court's 1954 decision in Brown v. Board of Education mandated integration of public-school systems. The school later was renamed Harris-Stowe College.

In 1979, the college was added to the state system of public higher education, under the name of Harris-Stowe State College. Its four-year education degree was changed to a Bachelor of Science in Education. It subsequently expanded its programs to offer several new degrees in education, including the B.S. in Urban Education, designed to enable non-teaching urban education personnel to address programs specific to urban schools; and a degree in Business Administration with various professional options.

In 2005, the college attained university status and was renamed Harris-Stowe State University. In 2014, Harris-Stowe named new leadership, Dr. Dwaun J. Warmack, who was senior vice president for administration and student services at Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) prior to his appointment, before he was vice president for student affairs at the age of 33, making him the youngest vice president in the school's history. Dr. Warmack is a student-centered, customer service-oriented and transformational leader.

Prior to B-CU, Dr. Warmack was the associate dean of students at Rhodes College in Memphis, TN, where he had oversight of student affairs areas including judicial affairs, student activities, Greek life, new student and parent orientation and multicultural affairs. Dr. Warmack has also held positions at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC, and Delta State University in Cleveland, MS.

Under Dr. Warmarck leadership, Harris-Stowe has increased its academic offerings by 132 percent. Students may choose from 31 majors, minors, and certificate programs. The institution offers new major programs in Finance, Urban Ecology and Sustainability, Sociology with a minor in Urban Sociology, Political Science and enrolls in Harris-Stowe's first certificate program in Urban Agriculture.

Harris-Stowe offers two new fully-online undergraduate degree programs in Criminal Justice and Healthcare Management. Just this year,  the institution moved forward in expanding its academic offering with the St. Louis Governor signed Senate Bill 334, which allows Harris-Stowe to offer graduate degrees.

Harris-Stowe is ranked in the Top 40 by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education degrees to African Americans, the only Missouri school on the list. Of the 13 public higher education institutions in the state, nearly 40 percent of all African-American males who major in math attend Harris-Stowe. Harris-Stowe ranked No. 1 in the state and No. 47 in the nation (out of 3,000 institutions) in granting degrees in mathematics and statistics to African-Americans, according to Missouri Department of Higher Education data. And Harris-Stowe was ranked No. 1 in D.J's Music Site HBCU Campaign Fund's Top 10 Favorite HBCUs of 2015.

During Dr. Warmack tenure, he has obtained $2.7 million in research, scholarships and program funding. This includes $1.7 million from the National Science Foundation and scholarship from Emerson, Wells Fargo, and various corporations and organizations.  The institution has embarked on its first-ever study aboard program through a partnership with Ningbo University in Zhejiang China and has strengthened its brand through several strategic partnerships with leading institutions, including St. Louis University Parks School of Engineering, Alabama A & M and the Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College.

Harris-Stowe is dedicated to improving their region through meaningful dialogue, educational resources, and cultural enrichment opportunities. The institution engages and connect with more than 3,500 alumni across the nation and continue to give their time, talent and treasure to the university.  As Harris-Stowe serve their students with these great opportunities it has to offer, they also inspire change in their university, community, and nation.

HBCU Campaign Fund is proud to announce Harris-Stowe State University as the first recipient of its Distinguished HBCU of the Year as part of its Initiative Achievement Awards recognizing HBCU significance!

Learn more about Harris-Stowe State University at www.hssu.edu.

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