The Thurgood Marshall College Fund Honoring Today’s Leaders and Pioneers TMCF 25th Anniversary Awards Gala in New York City on October 29, 2012 with a special performance from Wyclef Jean

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The TMCF 25th Anniversary Awards Gala held at the Hilton New York, October 29, 2012, is the largest fundraiser of the year for the organization. Corporate, government, education leaders, supporters and some of the countries A-list celebrities are expected to gather for the highly anticipated annual event. Four individuals will receive TMCF’s highest awards for being a pioneer and visionary in their respective fields, but more importantly, who have dedicated their lives to helping realize the theme of Developing Minds and Delivering Dreams to the nearly 300,000 students attending public Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs).

TMCF is proud to announce the following 25th Anniversary Award Recipients: <br />CEO of the Year Award recipient, Janice Bryant Howroyd, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The ACT•1 Group; Corporate Leadership Award recipient, Alex Gorsky, Chief Executive Officer, Johnson & Johnson; Community Leader of the Year Award recipient, Larry Waters, Senior Director of Community Commerce and Partnerships, MillerCoors; Educational Leadership Award recipient, Wayne D. Watson, Ph.D., President, Chicago State University.

“These corporate and educational leaders serve as role models for the young men and women who are matriculating on our 47 member school campuses,” said Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., TMCF’s President & CEO. “They not only exemplify what Justice Marshall stood for, but they understand our mission to… and are each committed to cultivating future generations of leaders.”

Janice Bryant Howroyd
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The ACT•1 Group
CEO of the Year Award

Howroyd serves on the following boards: Board of Trustees at North Carolina A & T State University, Women’s Leadership Board of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and the Board of Councilors at University of Southern California. Howroyd received the Grief Award at USC for her outstanding leadership. She is a recipient of the prestigious Beta Gamma Sigma Medallion for Entrepreneurship by nomination of NC A&T, and the BET Honors 2008 Entrepreneur of the Year. She appears on Black Enterprises’ distinguished lists for the “75 Most Powerful Women in Business” and the elite “40 Business Titans Who Shape Our World.”

Alex Gorsky
Chief Executive Officer, Johnson & Johnson
Corporate Leadership Award

Gorsky was named the 2009 Mentor of the Year by the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association. He is the Executive Sponsor of two Johnson & Johnson employee resource groups, the Women’s Leadership Initiative and the Veteran’s Leadership Council. Gorsky holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. He spent six years in the U.S. Army where he finished his military career with the rank of Captain. Gorsky also earned a Master of Business Administration degree from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1996.

Larry Waters
Senior Director of Community Commerce and Partnerships, MillerCoors
Community Leader of the Year Award

Waters is a member of the board of directors for the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Thurgood Marshall College Fund, 100 Black Men of Greater Milwaukee, Corporate Advisory Boards for the National Newspaper Publishers Association Foundation, and the National United Merchants Beverage Association. Waters most recently served as the board chair for the Milwaukee Urban League, secretary for the National Council of Urban League Board Chairs, and member of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Corporate Advisory Council. Waters earned both a bachelor’s and master’s degree from the University of Michigan.

Wayne D. Watson, Ph.D.
President, Chicago State University
Educational Leadership Award

Dr. Watson became President of Chicago State University after a distinguished 30-year tenure with the City Colleges of Chicago, one of the largest community college systems in the nation. Watson’s dedication to excellence in education includes a strong commitment to community service. He currently serves on the board of directors for the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) and the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO). Watson earned a bachelor of arts in education, a master of arts in teaching and a doctor of philosophy in education administration from Northwestern University.

To read full biographies for the outstanding award recipients, please visit the official website of the 25th Anniversary Awards Gala at

The Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) supports and represents nearly 300,000 students attending its 47 member-schools that include public Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), medical schools and law schools. TMCF helps students with a clear intention and the motivation to succeed and acquire a high-quality college education at an affordable cost.