Prof. Leon Dash awarded Swanlund Chair at University of Illinois

Special to The Black Business Journal

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

According to Ronald E. Yates, professor of Journalism and head, Department of Journalism at the University of Illinois, "The $1.25 million Swanlund Chairs are highly competitive and are awarded only to those who have demonstrated exemplary achievement and their field both on and off campus." Prof. Dash was nominated by the Department of Journalism and coincidentally, by the Afro-American Studies.

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