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Zollie Stevenson, Jr. (Ph.D. '84) selected for Harvey E. Beech Award

Zollie Stevenson, Jr., director of Student Achievement and School Accountability (SASA) programs at the U.S. Department of Education, will receive the 2008 Harvey E. Beech Outstanding Alumnus Award from the UNC-Chapel Hill Black Alumni Reunion. The award will be presented Nov. 7 at the George Watts Hill Alumni Center on the UNC campus.

In his current role, Stevenson administers the $14 billion Title I program to promote improved achievement among high poverty youth in the public schools. Title I is the largest federal assistance program for elementary and secondary education in the country.

Before joining the U.S. Department of Education, Stevenson was director of Research, Assessment and Evaluation in Baltimore City Public Schools in Maryland and research director for the District of Columbia and Charlotte/Mecklenburg public school systems. He also served as an evaluation research officer for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and a regional research and testing coordinator for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.

He has been an adjunct professor at UNC-Asheville, East Carolina University, George Washington University, the University of Maryland and Bowie State University.

He recently served for three years as board chairman of the March of Dimes chapter in Washington, D.C., and northern Virginia, raising more than $1.5 million annually to support research efforts to prevent premature births.

In 2000, he co-developed a national curriculum for Alpha Phi Alpha, an African American fraternity dedicated to leadership development, academic excellence and service. The curriculum addresses the mentoring of young African American males, voter education/registration and the prevention of teenage pregnancy. The curriculum materials are used nationally in Alpha’s nearly 700 chapters.

Stevenson received the School of Education’s Alumni Achievement Award in 2003, recognizing his outstanding contributions to education. He is one of four recipients of the 2008 Beech awards.  

Formally established in 1980, the Black Alumni Reunion is administered by UNC’s General Alumni Association. The Beech award is named for Harvey E. Beech (L.L.B. ’52), the first African American to receive a degree from UNC.