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Villager News > Afram Global CEO to Receive Claremont Graduate University 2017 Alumni Distinguished Service Award

Congratulations to Dr. Gloria Willingham-Toure' PhD

Dr. Gloria J. Willingham-Toure' PhD, Afram Global Organization Inc - CEO, and Founder - The Village P.r.o.j.e.c.t.s. earned a PhD in Education at Claremont Graduate University in 1996. In 1997 she was the recipient of the CGU Distinguished Alumni Award, and in 2000 she was inducted into The Alumni Hall of Fame.  She has remained closely connected to CGU over the years.  CGU interim President, Dr. Jacob Adams announced that she has now been selected as the recipient of the 2017 CGU Distinguished Alumni Service Award in recognition of her pattern of  exemplary professional accomplishments and contributions to society particularly as demonstrated in her commitment to the mission of Afram Global Organization Inc and The Village P.r.o.j.e.c.t.s. 

Dr. Willingham-Toure's professional life has included successful careers as a Registered Nurse having retired as the Chief, Nursing Education and Research at The Department of Veterans' Affairs Healthcare System, Long Beach, CA -  one of the nation's largest and most complex facilities. She is also a retired Lt. Colonel, US Army.  Following those successful careers she launched a third career in higher education, and later in higher education administration at the Dean, Provost and Senior Vice-president level.  She is a Fulbright Scholar, Fulbright Specialist in Public/Global Health and was a Fulbright Grantee to The University of Malta in The Maltese Islands. Her international experience spans all but two continents.  She and her husband, Ben Daouda Toure', founded Afram Global Organization Inc as a all-volunteer non-profit organization initially designed to educate the public on human rights issues. Both participated in United Nation's NGO Conferences addressing such issues to international audiences.  The mission was later expanded to its present statement.
The Distinguished Alumni Service Award will be presented to Dr. Willingham-Toure' at a celebratory dinner with the CGU Board of Trustees on Friday, May 12.  She will also be featured on the platform of the 90th Annual Commencement ceremony of Saturday, May 13 where she will give a brief charge to the graduates.   She stated "I am particularly moved with this opportunity because my daughter, Dr Gina Newton PhD will be among the graduates at this commencement.  I am so pleased that she is now the first second generation PhD in my family to graduate from GGU. I feel tremendously blessed and grateful to our CGU family too."

  "Our solutions are bigger than any one profession or job. We must reclaim our interconnections and learn to freely share information with each other, and to support the success of a new generation. We must create connections and collaborations. Our goal must be to move this system in the direction of caring what happens to persons who need it the most, and we must take our place in that effort. We will find a way to make a difference!" logo