Russell, Delk Honored by Holmes Scholars Program

March 11, 2015


Jared Russell
Jared Russell
Desmond Delk
Desmond Delk

The Holmes Scholars Program recently honored College of Education Associate Professor Jared Russell and Kinesiology doctoral candidate Desmond Delk with two of its top awards. The Holmes Scholars Program was designed to provide support and mentoring for talented men and women who are underrepresented in leadership positions in professional development schools and institutions of higher education.

Russell received the Holmes Scholar Mentor Award at the closing ceremonies of the AACTE/Holmes Conference in Atlanta on March 1. Delk received the Holmes Scholar Service Award.

The Holmes Scholars Program was established in 1991 and is comprised of a select group of graduate students enrolled at The Holmes Partnership institutions who are preparing for careers in the education professorate and in professional development schools. Over 400 students have participated in the network and nearly 100 are currently in tenure-track positions at colleges and universities around the country.

Russell’s work in recruiting underrepresented and first-generation university students into the College’s doctoral programs have been a huge success, particularly in the School of Kinesiology. The program has recruited successfully from nearby HBCUs, and is expanding to network with more colleges in a wider geographical area.

Delk has worked in the office of Dean Betty Lou Whitford, and has a passion for encouraging young learners and recruiting underrepresented student groups into higher education. He is also the author of a children’s book.

The conference also saw new inductees from Auburn into the Program, including Justin Allen, Keely Britton, Tiffany Frasier Rocker, and Veteran Scholars LeNessa Clark, Bridget Peters, and Leonard Towns.

Sheila Moore, a recent Auburn College of Education graduate, received the Holmes Scholars Program of Distinction Award.

Congratulations to all COE colleagues who were recognized.

Story by George Littleton