Grambling State University’s Hilton honored with NASPA Award

Brandon Nelson, NASPA Awards Chair & Dr. Adriel Hilton, GSU Chief of Staff (courtesy: GSU)
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GRAMBLING, La (GSU News Release) - Adriel A. Hilton, Chief of Staff and Executive Assistant to the President at Grambling State University, was presented the “Men and Masculinities Knowledge Community – Newly Published Research Award” from the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) at the organization’s annual conference earlier this year in Indianapolis.

The core of NASPA’s mission is to provide professional development for student affairs educators and administrators who share the responsibility for a campus wide focus on the student experience. The NASPA Annual Conference is a four-day gathering of student affairs professionals who come together to learn, grow, be inspired, and return to their campuses with the tools needed to navigate the constantly changing landscape of student affairs.

Dr. Hilton received the award because of his scholarly research and publication of “Black Men in Colleges and Universities: Examining the Effect of Non-cognitive Variables on Student Success.” The purpose of the Men and Masculinities Knowledge Community (MMKC) is to provide a venue for discussion, research, and the distribution of information about men’s gender identity development, in the context of college campuses.

In addition to this award, he has received numerous awards for research and service. Among those are the 2015 Melvene Draheim Hardee Award by the Southern Association for College Student Affairs; the 2015 Sadie M. Yancey Professional Service Award by the National Association of Student Affairs Professionals; the 2015 Outstanding Professional Contribution & Distinguished Scholar Award by the North Carolina College Personnel Association; the 2013 Michael A. Powell, Esq. Service Award by the National Black Graduate Student Association; the 2013 Joseph H. Silver, Sr., Leadership and Mentoring Initiative Alumni Award by the American Association of Blacks in Higher Education; Florida A&M University’s 2012 Outstanding Alumni of the Quasquicentennial Award; the 2010 Dr. Carlos J. Vallejo Memorial Award for Exemplary Scholarship by the American Educational Research Association Multicultural/Multiethnic Special Interest Group; the 2009 Outstanding Research Award by the American College Personnel Association Standing Committee for Men; the Ebony magazine 2009 Top Young Leaders Under 30 Award; and, the American Association of Blacks in Higher Education 2009 Outstanding Doctoral Student award for his doctoral dissertation.

Dr. Hilton a Miami, Florida native is proving to be an asset to Grambling State University as he serves as the President’s liaison with University administration, faculty, staff and students, in addition to external stakeholders.