The Dillard University National Alumni Association is extremely proud that Dillard University conferred honorary degrees at this year commencement on two of our very own Dr. Henry Lacey and Dr. Shelia Tlou.
Dr. Henry C. Lacey began his career at Dillard in 1975 as coordinator of the English program, and was Vice President for Academic Affairs upon his retirement. During his tenure at Dillard, Lacey successfully lead the university through two accreditation reaffirmations and successfully wrote a number of grants that were used to support faculty development and curriculum revisions.
Dr. Sheila Dinotshe Tlou is a 1974 Dillard graduate and Botswana specialist in HIV/AIDS and women’s health. During the course of her career, Dr. Tlou has served as held a number of positions, including Director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Nursing and Midwifery Development in Primary Health Care for Anglophone Africa, Minister of Health for the Republic of Botswana and Director of the United Nations AIDS Regional Support Team for Eastern and Southern Africa.
During the course of her career, Tlou has garnered an international reputation and respect for her scholarship, leadership, activism, problem solving, and policy development in the continued struggle to decrease HIV-AIDs transmission in Africa.
Tlou holds a PhD in Nursing Sciences and post-graduate Certificates in Women’s health and Gender studies, from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has a Masters degree in Nursing Education and Instruction at Columbia University, and a Master of Science in Nursing at the Catholic University of America. She completed her Bachelor of Nursing degree at Dillard University in New Orleans in 1974.
They were granted honorary degrees along with First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama, Mr. Andrew Wisdom and U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu.