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2010 Alumnae Achievement Award Recipients

The Wellesley College Alumnae Achievement Award recognizes the following alumnae who have brought honor to themselves and to Wellesley College through their outstanding achievements. The Award is the highest honor given to alumnae for excellence and distinction in their fields of endeavor and has been presented annually since 1970.

Alvia Wardlaw ’69
Alvia Wardlaw

Alvia Wardlaw ’69 is one of the country’s leading experts in African American art. She has been a major force in developing the field of African American Art history, and establishing its place in the larger discipline of American Art. Her two exhibitions and publications devoted to the Houston artist, John Biggers, and the ground-breaking 1989 show she co-curated, Black Art Ancestral Legacy: The African Impulse in African-American Art, brought new attention, appreciation and recognition to the previously little known, and largely ignored, African American accomplishments in the visual arts. (more)


Janet Parker Whitla ’52

Janet Parker Whitla

Janet Parker Whitla ’52 was President and CEO of Education Development Center (EDC) for 25 years (1981-2006). Under Whitla’s leadership, EDC became one of the world’s leading health and education research and development organizations. Her vision and leadership skills guided EDC through unprecedented growth, including a dramatic expansion of its international work. (more)



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