Adriel Hilton, assistant professor and director of Western Carolina University’s Higher Education Student Affairs Program, received an award for his career work from the Southern Association for College Student Affairs at its conference Monday, Nov. 2, in Greenville, South Carolina.
The Melvene Draheim Hardee Award from SACSA recognizes contributions to student personnel work by a member of the association, including the development of a model program or concept that impacts student personnel work in the Southeast, significant research and/or publication, providing outstanding leadership in professional organizations and/or endeavors, and any unique and outstanding contribution to student personnel work that calls for acceptance and acknowledgement throughout the profession.
“It is an honor to have received the Melvene Draheim Hardee Award,” Hilton said. “As a Florida native, Dr. Hardee and I both lived and worked for universities in Florida and also Iowa. She taught at the University of Northern Iowa where I also taught as an adjunct. In addition, my mentor, Dr. Howard L. Simmons, first black executive director of Middle States Accreditation, studied as a student at Florida State where Dr. Hardee was on the faculty. I received my doctor’s degree under Dr. Simmons’ tutelage in the research doctorate program at Morgan State University. Receiving this award is the highlight of my career.”
In February, Hilton was honored with the Sadie M. Yancey Professional Service Award, the highest honor bestowed by the National Association of Student Affairs Professionals. A year ago, he was recognized as the 2014 Outstanding Professional Contribution and Distinguished Scholar honoree for the North Carolina College Personnel Association for his research related to black males in postsecondary education, black graduate education and historically black colleges and universities.
By Keith Brenton