Dr. Ladelle Olion Receives Award for Scholarly Achievement and Humanitarian Service
Dr. LaDelle Olion was selected as the W. E. B. DuBois Award Recipient at the 84th Conference of the Association of Social and Behavioral Scientists, Inc. on March 8, 2019 at its annual awards luncheon. Dr. Olion’s commitment to humanity, service, and scholarly achievement resulted in this distinction and recognition by his academic peers. Dr. Olion earned B.S. and M.S. degrees from Southern Illinois University and a Ph. D. in Educational Psychology at the University of Connecticut.
Dr. Olion joined the faculty at Fayetteville State University (FSU) in 1982 as a professor of Special Education. During his tenure at FSU, he has served as Assistant Dean of Graduate Studies, Dean of the Graduate School, and Director of Alliance HBCU Center.
As a committed member of 100 Black Men of America, Dr. Olion served on the Executive Board and as chair of the national scholarship committee for many years. He is the founding president of the 100 Black Men of the Cape Fear Region and served as president for ten consecutive years. He is the founder and advisor to Collegiate 100 at FSU, a programmatic arm of 100 Black Men of America.
Dr. Olion is currently the treasurer and Editor-in-Chief of The Negro Educational Review, an international peer reviewed scholarly journal. He is a lifetime member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity and former advisor to the FSU chapter. He is a member of First Baptist Church in Fayetteville, NC, where he serves on the Laymen League and Board of Trustees. He is married to Dr. Marion Gillis-Olion, Dean of the College of Education at Fayetteville State University. They are the proud parents of two sons, both engineers and one grandson.