Dr. Delores P. Aldridge (CC, ’63; AU, ’66)
Secretary of the Board of Trustees
Joined the Board in 1988
The embodiment of the academy, Delores Aldridge, Ph.D., is the sole academician serving as a voting trustee. A scholar, she holds distinction as first African-American to receive the Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology degree from Purdue University. She recently retired as Grace Towns Hamilton Professor of Sociology and African American Studies at Emory University. While at Emory, she achieved several firsts, including first African-American woman faculty member at Emory University, first chair in African-American Studies at a major institution named for a living African-American woman, and, in 1971, founding director of the first Black Studies degree-granting programs in the South. Two of four awards that bear her name include the Emory University Delores P. Aldridge Excellence Awards inaugurated in 2003 and the Clark Atlanta University Graduate Research Award, inaugurated by her alma mater in 2004. She is also co-sponsor and creator of the Aldridge/McMillan Awards for Excellence which Clark Atlanta University annually bestows to outstanding faculty and staff.
Dr. Aldridge has served as consultant to federal and social agencies, foreign governments, educational institutions; and, authored or edited over 200 commentaries, monographs, articles, and books. Her memberships include serving as officer and/or member of the International Black Women’s Congress; Association of Sociology and Behavioral Scientists; National Council for Black Studies; National Science Foundation Social Sciences Division; Development Authority of DeKalb County, Georgia; and International Biographers, Inc. Along with her late husband, Kwame Essuon, she is President and co-founder, KESS NSONA Foundation, a vehicle to support scholarships, university technology improvement and community projects in Ghana. Funds have also been provided to build a clinic in Ghana in honor of her youngest sister, Jacquelyn Delaine Aldridge, a victim of the September 11 World Trade Center attack.
Dr. Aldridge holds the Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Clark College and Master of Arts in Social Work from Atlanta University. She has been awarded certificates in Family Therapy from the University of Ireland-Dublin and the University of Montreal-Canada. She is one of the most celebrated university professors in America with over 150 awards and citations to her credit.