The Connecticut National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) has named Stacey Close, interim associate vice president for equity and diversity at Eastern, one of the 100 most influential African Americans in Connecticut. The NAACP made the announcement at the Omni Hotel in New Haven on Dec. 21.
"We are very proud of Dr. Close for receiving this honor," said Eastern President Elsa Núñez. "Stacey is a noted scholar in the field of African Studies and was one of our most popular professors during his time teaching history on our campus. As the associate vice president for equity and diversity, he is now providing leadership in Eastern's efforts to maintain our reputation as an inclusive, multi-cultural campus."
A native of Georgia, Close has worked in higher education for more than 20 years. A professor of history, Close received his Ph.D. and M.A. from Ohio State University and a B.A. from Albany State College in Georgia. He has taught courses on African Americans, African History and Southern History. In addition, he has presented at such conferences as the Southern Conference on African American Studies, Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History and the Professional and Organizational Development Network.
"I am touched and honored to receive this recognition with these very prestigious people," said Close. "It is thanks to Eastern, my colleagues, faculty members and staff."