Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity honors Rochon as ‘Man of the Year’
TUSKEGEE, Ala. (September 9, 2011) — The Gamma Phi Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. on Friday honored Tuskegee University President Gilbert L. Rochon as its “Man of the Year” for 2011-2012. The group, along with co-adviser John Williams, presented him with a plaque in front of the “Lifting the Veil” Monument on campus. Rochon is the first individual to receive this honor from the group.
“This award is for men who have made extraordinary contributions to society,” said Robert Stewart, chapter president. “The fraternity believes that the new president is moving the university in a progressive, and innovative direction. Therefore, President Rochon is best suited as the first Alpha Phi Alpha Man of the Year.”
Rochon said he was honored to be recognized by the fraternity. He also commended the national organization for their fundraising efforts to bring to fruition the monument for Martin Luther King Jr. in Washington D.C.
The group said they will continue to honor a “Man of the Year” in a different arena each year, such as politics, academia, athletics, etc.