Pittsburgh -- Rex Crawley, head of the Department of Communication at Robert Morris University, has been chosen as one of the New Pittsburgh Courier 2009 Men of Excellence.
Each year, the newspaper recognizes African American men who have demonstrated success in their professions, are positive role models whose contributions encourage others, and are active in community service or organizational involvement. Crawley was honored in the education category.
“Just knowing the incredible professionals who have received this award, and to be named among people I consider to be the best and brightest, means a lot to me,” said Crawley, an associate professor of communication and assistant dean of the School of Communications and Information Systems at RMU.
Crawley is the chairman of RMU’s Council on Institutional Equity, whose mission is to ensure that all members of the campus community have equal access to the university’s programs and services.
He also is codirector of the Black Male Leadership Development Institute, a program run jointly by RMU and the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh. The institute gives African American teenagers the opportunity to spend a week at RMU’s Moon Township campus, where they participate in workshops and other activities designed to instill good communication, leadership and personal management skills. The program is funded by the Heinz Endowments.
“The Courier is the primary voice for the African American community in Pittsburgh, and this sends a clear message that good things are happening here and that they are being recognized in the community,” said Crawley.
Crawley received a bachelor’s degree in political science, a master’s degree in public administration and a Ph.D. in intercultural communications from Ohio University. His research focuses on the experiences of African American men and black masculinity as a social construct.
Crawley is actively engaged in community service, and has served as the polemarch, or chapter leader, for the Pittsburgh alumni chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity. He currently serves as the president of the Kappa Scholarship Endowment Fund of Western Pennsylvania, which awarded more than $250,000 in scholarships last year.
“We are extremely proud of Rex’s contributions, both as an educator and researcher as well as a leader and champion for diversity and inclusion,” said RMU President Gregory G. Dell’Omo. “Rex’s work as a community leader has greatly enhanced the university’s reputation.”