College of Charleston ExCEL Awards

On March 30, 2016, the 10th Annual ExCEL Awards, organized by the Multicultural Student Programs and Services, took place in Sottile Theatre. The awards program honored more than 30 students, staff, faculty and community members for their commitment to creating a campus environment that promotes diversity and excellence. A full list of the award recipients can be found on The College Today at

Adjunct Professor Dr. Kendall Deas won two ExCEL Awards. Professor Deas was the first person ever to win two awards in the same ExCEL ceremony. Earlier this year, Deas was named a 2016-2017 New Leadership Academy Fellow by the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and its National Center For Institutional Diversity. A partnership with the American Association for Hispanics in Higher Education, the prestigious fellowship program annually selects about 20 senior-level faculty and administrators from across the country for a one-year, non-residential fellowship that prepares them to eventually assume top leadership positions in higher education.

Professor Deas is just one of our many faculty members who are passionate about teaching and bringing excellence to the classroom and engaging and mentoring our students. I had the pleasure to congratulate Kendall and encourage him to keep up the great work. You can learn more about Professor Deas and his fellowship at

My congratulations to all the outstanding 2016 ExCEL Award nominees and recipients.

President McConnell with Professor Kendall Deas.