Baptist University Celebrates Faculty and Staff at Convocation

Baptist Health Sciences University held its annual Faculty and Staff Honors Convocation in the Assembly Hall on Monday, March 4. The convocation recognizes the outstanding achievements of faculty and staff in scholarly, professional and community service areas.

BHSU President Hampton Hopkins, Ed.D., welcomed faculty, staff and students gathered for the ceremony and announced the 2024 Rose Temple Distinguished Faculty recipient – Briana Jegier, Ph.D., chair and associate professor of health administration, public health and the community health worker program, and co-chair of BHSU HealthCORE. He announced Linda Polk, administrative assistant, as the 2024 Rose Temple Distinguished Staff recipient.

President Hopkins also recognized Adjunct Health Administration Instructor Vernita Thornton as the 2024 Rose Temple Distinguished Adjunct of the Year. She was honored for being an exemplar of the university’s Christian purpose, as well as an innovator in the classroom and a significant contributor in the Memphis community.

Professor Ivy Anderson earned the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nursing Faculty.

Dr. Hazel Aberdeen, the 2023 Rose Temple Distinguished Faculty recipient, served as the featured speaker for the event.

Other speakers highlighted areas of accomplishments in scholarship, research, publications, community service and professional service. Additional faculty and staff recognized include those who had completed either a doctorate or a master’s degree and individuals receiving promotions in the past year.