Campus: CSU Los Angeles -- November 20, 2001
CSU Trustee Professor at Cal State L.A. Receives the Inaugural Reginald Wilson Award
Jewel Plummer Cobb, CSU Trustee Professor at Cal State L.A. and
CSU Fullerton President Emerita, is among the first three recipients
of the Reginald Wilson Award given by the Washington DC-based American
Council on Education (ACE), Office of Minorities in Higher Education.
The inaugural honor, given to individuals who have made significant and
noteworthy accomplishments to diversity in higher education over a lifetime
or a career, was presented during the organization's conference and 20th
Anniversary Diversity Celebration, "Educating All of One Nation,"
held recently in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Reginald Wilson, a dedicated advocate for more diverse educational environments
and increased professional opportunities for academicians of color, was
director of the Office of Minority Concerns, and senior scholar of the
American Council on Education.
Born in Chicago, Jewel Plummer Cobb's love of biology took her to the
University of Michigan-Talladega College for her bachelor's degree, and
New York University for her master's and Ph.D. degrees. After a National
Cancer Institute postdoctoral fellowship at the Cancer Research Foundation
of Harlem Hospital and at Columbia University College of Physicians and
Surgeons, she joined the faculty at the University of Illinois College
of Medicine and then Sarah Lawrence College until 1969.
Dr. Cobb began her distinguished career as an academic administrator in
1969. While dean of Connecticut College, she held the post of professor
of zoology and continued her oncology research. Between 1976 and 1981,
she became professor of biology and dean of Douglass College of Rutgers,
the State University of New Jersey. As president of the California State
University, Fullerton from 1981 to 1990, she created the first privately-funded
gerontology center in Orange County, established new academic opportunities
for ethnic students, and successfully lobbied the California Legislature
for new student housing on the Fullerton campus. In commemoration of her
achievements at Fullerton, a campus dormitory bears her name. Dr. Cobb
was a recipient of the 1999 Achievement in Excellence Award by the Board
of Trustees of the Center for Excellence in Education. Dr. Cobb was presented
the award for her contributions to science and education.
Dr. Cobb has served on the Cal State L.A. campus as Trustee Professor
of the California State University system since 1990, following her retirement
as president of CSU Fullerton. She is a member of the Institute of Medicine
of the National Academy of Sciences. She has also served on several corporate
boards. She was formerly the principal investigator of the ACCESS Center
at Cal State L.A., a program designed to encourage economically disadvantaged
middle and high school students to pursue careers in mathematics, the
sciences and engineering. She is currently the principal investigator
for the Science Technology Engineering Program (STEP) Up for Youth--ASCEND
project at Cal State L.A. This project enables the University to conduct
informal science activities in the community for middle school students
and their families.