Cheyney University is guided by two main principles – what is in the best interest of its students and what preserves the University. Under President Aaron Walton’s leadership, these core principles have allowed the University to make great strides in providing more opportunities for students and positioning Cheyney as an academic leader through its public-private partnerships.
President Walton’s efforts have not gone unnoticed, and in fact, they continue to be recognized across the education, business and civic communities.
Most recently, President Walton was honored by the Philadelphia Tribune as part of its Most Influential African Americans for 2020. President Walton was recognized along with many local leaders for the distinguished accolade. The recipients included outstanding leaders from elected offices, businesses, faith-based organizations, nonprofit agencies and many other movers and shakers of all ages across the Philadelphia region.
“It is a great honor to be recognized along with so many colleagues and friends that are making a tremendous impact in the industries and communities they serve,” said President Walton. “This unprecedented time has brought many new challenges for us all, but we remain dedicated and committed to keeping everyone safe and healthy, while still achieving our organizational goals.”
While the annual award celebration is typically held at the Convention Center, a virtual presentation was created this year due to COVID-19 restrictions to honor all of the recipients. Even though the event couldn’t be held in person, it was still a celebratory moment that was led by the master of ceremonies, Rev. Marshall Mitchell, Salem Baptist Church’s senior pastor, and included music, interviews, and photos of all honorees.
“This is one of the most important events of the year for the Black community and all of Philadelphia,” said Rev. Mitchell in a recorded message that launched the virtual event.
Philadelphia Tribune President and CEO Robert Bogle, who is also chairman of the Council of Trustees at Cheyney University, provided inspiring remarks during the virtual event stating, “These individuals possess the qualities necessary to make change in Philadelphia and our communities.”
Bogle continued, “The individuals come from a variety of career disciplines and experiences. Their success exemplifies the tireless work ethic, and their determination should inspire us all.”
While Cheyney continues to adhere to strict protocols and guidelines to ensure the health and safety of its employees, students and campus partners, the University has also been able to move forward with its on-campus corporate partnerships. Over the last few months, Cheyney partnered with another bioscience company – Sure BioChem Labs – and established a partnership with the Wistar Institute to expand life science research training for students and explore business development opportunities in the greater Philadelphia area.
“This recognition is truly a testament to the hard work put forth every day by Cheyney’s leadership team and all of our staff members,” said President Walton. “Our success is driven by our entire team working together to make sure that students receive the best education possible and have advancement opportunities to build their careers.”
President Walton has received the Tribune’s honor of being one of the Most Influential African Americans for the last two years.