July 1, 2013
Continuing its upward trajectory of becoming one of the elite small colleges in the United States, Paul Quinn College continued to stay in the national spotlight when the Dallas institution won “Best Business Program” at the third annual HBCU Awards at Jackson State University. President Michael Sorrell earned his second nomination for Male President of the Year while Rep. Toni Rose ’93 earned a nomination for Alumna of the Year. Paul Quinn was inaugural HBCU of the Year in 2011, and won both the Male President of the Year and Student Government Association of the Year in 2012.
Paul Quinn’s academic program in Business Administration is quickly becoming a program of influence in the Dallas-Fort Worth higher education marketplace. In fall 2013, the college will officially roll out its concentrations in Entrepreneurship as well as Fundraising and Philanthropy, making Paul Quinn the only HBCU in the country to offer an undergraduate degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Fundraising and Philanthropy. A major part of the program’s success has also been the college’s using the WE Over Me Farm as part of its Social Entrepreneurship class. The Business Administration program has also managed to achieve a major victory in helping upgrade the image of Paul Quinn’s students. Examples of the college’s success include T’Edra Jackson ’15, the first PQC student earn a place in the prestigious INROADS program, and Valette Reese ’14 who is on her second internship with GE. Jackson has also interned with the City of DeSoto and the City of Dallas as a member of the Dr. Emmett J. Conrad Leadership Program while Reese interned with KIPP DFW and placed seventh in the PepsiCo Business Plan Competition during her freshman year.
The HBCU Awards took place during National HBCU Media Week. Sponsored by the Center for HBCU Media Advocacy, Inc., the winners in each category were selected by a secret ballot sent to 13 HBCU presidents and Center for HBCU Media Advocacy board members.