The educational leadership program received the Academic Program of the Year Award at the annual University Faculty and Staff Excellence Awards. The event is a celebration of achievements of the university’s faculty and staff in the areas of teaching, scholarship, and service. Chancellor Kelli R. Brown presided over the event, along with Provost Richard Starnes. “Diversity, inclusion and equity remain at the forefront of the university’s goals and planning,” Brown said. “It only makes sense that this year’s winner of the Academic Program of Excellence Award would be Educational Leadership. Those who nominated the Educational Leadership program had this to say about the program, ‘The Educational Leadership program is dedicated to promoting new and current leaders in K-12 and higher education. Faculty members in the program have diverse educational and research backgrounds, which allow them to support leaders in a variety of contexts. Additionally, faculty in the program are nationally known, prolific researchers and writers, and are consistently recognized for their pedagogical techniques." Congratulations to the program faculty; Drs. Cathy Andrews, Brandi Hinnant-Crawford, Robert Crow, Kofi Lomotey, Darrius Stanley, Emily Virtue, Heidi Von Dohlen, and Jess Weiler.