These awards are presented annually at Homecoming during the Black Alumni Scholarship banquet.
In his first season at the helm of the University of Missouri’s men’s basketball program, Frank Haith led the Tigers to a 30-5 overall record - just the second 30-win season in the school’s history. In March, the team captured the 2012 Big 12 Conference Tournament, earning a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament. For his efforts, Frank received the Henry Iba Coach of the Year Award From the U.S. Basketball Writers Association and the Associated Press Coach of the Year Award. He is just the third Missouri coach to receive the latter honor.
Moreover, Frank accomplished these feats at Missouri while fostering a family atmosphere and renewed commitment to academic excellence. He also brought a tenacious work ethic forged during his six years as head coach at the University of Miami and as a top assistant at Texas, Texas A&M and Wake Forest. A Burlington, N.C., native, Frank lives in Columbia, Mo., with his wife, Pam, and their children, Corey and Briana.
L’Tanya Richmond serves as director of multicultural affairs at Smith College, one of the nation’s preeminent liberal arts colleges and the largest women’s college in the United States. Yet it was L’Tanya’s groundbreaking work at Elon that helped form the foundation for her success at Smith.
In her varied roles at Elon, which included associate director of admissions, director of minority affairs and director of the Elon Multicultural Center, L’Tanya developed and implemented strategies and programs to foster recruitment, retention and success among Elon students of diverse backgrounds. Early in her time at Elon, she accomplished this while completing a master’s degree at Duke. Under L’Tanya’s leadership, Elon was named a top college for African-American students by Kaplan and #7 among the nation’s master’s-level universities for African-American student graduation rate by the Education Trust.
In 2009, Elon honored L’Tanya with the Elon Medallion, recognizing her extraordinary service to the university. She lives with her husband, Jason, and daughters Caitlyn and Camille in Northampton, Mass.
Melissa Jordan, associate director of Elon’s Multicultural Center, is on a mission to help students understand and embrace the authority they have in creating a life that directly aligns with who they are today and who they aspire to be tomorrow.
A native of Temple Hills, Md., Melissa first came to Elon 12 years ago as an undergraduate student. She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology in 2004 and five years later completed a master’s degree in human services with a concentration in counseling from Capella University. In her current role at Elon, she focuses on helping students of diverse pouplations make successful transitions to college. She also works tirelessly to encourage the entire student body to explore and understand issues of diversity.