Norfolk State Honors Distinguished Alumni for 2017
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Norfolk State Honors Distinguished Alumni for 2017

Norfolk State University will honor three of its alumni at the 2017 Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner scheduled for 7 p.m., Friday, May 5, in the Student Center, Room 149. These three graduates have demonstrated exemplary leadership and community service. They personify the mission and goals of the University.

This year’s honorees are:

Dr. Tahira A. DuPree Chase (B.S. ’94), a 20+ year experienced educator currently serving as the superintendent of the Greenburgh Central School District in Hartsdale, New York. Since arrival in the district in 2012, Chase has led multiple internal and community committees, launched several initiatives to enhance curriculum delivery and provided optimal learning opportunities for students in preparation for 21st century employment opportunities. She is an author, public speaker and consultant to Curriculum Associates and Pearson Education (textbook division).

Rev. Dr. Jonathan A. Mason Sr. (B.S. ’95, H ’15), a career radio marketer whose career has spanned more than 20 years. He began his radio career in Norfolk, but moved to New York to further his marketing career at 92.3 K-ROCK . . . the home of the Howard Stern Radio Show. Mason rose up the ranks to become a highly successful media executive in one of the most competitive radio broadcast markets in the world. He serves as the 34th International President of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. His community service is extensive including the founding of Sigma’s Waging War Against Cancer, the Institute Youth Outreach Program, an International Anti-Hazing Campaign and the Wilford L. Smith Scholarship Fund for at-risk youth.

Col. (Ret.) William Russell Jr. ’67, has the honor of being among the University’s first graduates to achieve the rank of colonel in the U.S. Army. He received a Bronze Star for valor in combat and air medals for combat operations from rotary and fixed-wing aircraft during the Vietnam conflict. He has mentored 10 military science professors, participated in numerous ROTC Cadet mentoring seminars and also contributed financially to support the NSU Military Alumni Chapter Foundation. In 2016, Russell was inducted into the U.S. Army ROTC Hall of Fame.

The Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner includes a reception at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m. The cost is $50 per person and tickets can be purchased at For more information, contact the NSU Office of Alumni Relations at (757) 823-8135.