Jefferson Receives Haggai Chapter Community Award

Frederick C. Jefferson, Jr., professor emeritus of education, is a 2007 recipient of the Haggai Chapter Community Award given annually to distinguished leaders who rendered unique leadership and service to the community. The Haggai Chapter, Holy Royal Arch Masons (PHA), will present the award at its Seventh Annual Social and Community Awards Dinner on Friday, May 4, at the Whittier Party House.

Jefferson’s commitment to the community is reflected through his ongoing leadership roles in and service to local initiatives, including:

  • Americans in Africa, a partnership between the University of Rochester and the Rochester City School District (RCSD) to deepen the diversity and multicultural skills of classroom teachers;
  • The Leader Institute, a collaborative effort between the RCSD, University of Rochester, and Eastman Kodak Company to focus on building and enhancing leadership skills and competencies of principals and leaders in the RCSD;
  • African American Leadership Development, a United Way of Rochester program designed to increase the pool of African American leaders to serve on Boards of Directors and other community leadership roles;
  • Camp Discovery, a family-led initiative in which the parents and guardians of children serve as teachers/counselors in conducting the camp’s initiatives;
  • Manhattan Golf Academy for Juniors, a free training program that has benefited more than 1,100 Rochester youth.

Jefferson also has served as chairman of the Board of Directors for three significant community agencies: Action for a Better Community, United Way of Greater Rochester, and Greater Rochester American Red Cross.

Jefferson joined the University of Rochester 34 years ago, serving as director of the department of special student services and the educational opportunity program and then as an assistant to the president for university and community affairs. He joined the Warner faculty in 1985, serving as director of the institute for urban schools and education.

A behavioral scientist at heart, he continues to teach courses at Warner in counseling and human development. He accepted an appointment as the University Intercessor where he serves as a consultant to the faculty diversity officer and chairs a Diversity Advisory Committee.

Jefferson’s achievements and service to the community have been highlighted in an article that ran in the April 2007 issue of the Masonic Times.

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