The Midwest First Year Conference has selected Dr. Darrell King, Senior Associate Director, Multicultural Business Programs as the recipient of the 2016 First-Year Champion award. The Conference is recognizing Dr. King’s exemplary work with first-year students at Michigan State University.
“Dr. King has displayed through the years an uncanny ability to create an environment of success for all students and especially freshman students of color. His talents are manifested because of his visionary thinking especially in areas of motivation, communication, leadership, inspiration and empathy,” wrote Dr. Betts, Assistant Dean for Multicultural Business Programs in his nomination.
The Midwest First-Year Conference is coordinated by a team of first year experience professionals that works collaboratively with the National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transitions team to host a one-day conference that furthers regional work in creating and implementing high quality first-year student programming. The First Year Champion Award recognizes higher education professionals who exemplify outstanding service and leadership in working with first-year students.
“Dr. King was always available to sit with me and discuss classes, grades, and goals. I came to him with any concerns I had about doing well in college and he was always ready to give me sound advice. I finished my freshman year with a 3.89 GPA, two semesters on the Dean’s List, an internship, and an executive board position for a business organization- but none of those things were possible without the support system I had and Dr. King was an integral part of that,” wrote Meera Shyam, Supply Chain Management senior, in her letter of support.
Dr. King was honored at the conference on Friday, September 23, 2016 at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, IL. He addressed the conference participants on his work with first-year students in higher education.