Black Graduate Student Association Honors Professor of Animal Behavior and Well-being Candace Croney

Friday, July 14, 2023

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Dr. Croney stands holding her award, which is a commemorative glass cube with a slide announcing her award with her portrait displayed behind her
Dr. Candace Croney received the Distinguished Service Award from the Purdue Black Graduate Student Association at its annual spring awards and recognition banquet.

The recipient of the Purdue University Black Graduate Student Association’s 2023 Distinguished Service Award is the director of the Purdue Center for Animal Welfare Science (CAWS) and professor of animal behavior and well-being, Dr. Candace Croney, who holds a joint faculty appointment in the colleges of Veterinary Medicine and Agriculture.  Dr. Croney was presented with the award at the end of the spring semester during the Black Graduate Student Association’s (BGSA) annual awards and recognition banquet April 29. The event celebrates the accomplishments of the BGSA membership, distinguished community organizations, and members of the Purdue community.

The Distinguished Service Award honors individuals who have made significant and sustained contributions to Black Higher Education within the state of Indiana. In addition to her faculty role and responsibilities as CAWS director, Dr. Croney also is the Purdue associate vice provost for diversity, inclusion, and belonging.

The PVM group poses for a photo standing behind their dinner table at the banquet
Dr. Croney was joined at the banquet by (left-right): Dr. Sanjeev Narayanan, head of the Department of Comparative Pathobiology; Purdue PREP scholar Gabriel Harris; Marsha Baker, PVM assistant dean for diversity, equity, and inclusion; Dr. Paula Johnson, clinical associate professor of small animal emergency and critical care; and Dr. Croney’s PhD student, Kayla Pasteur.

The Purdue BGSA is a non-profit student organization committed to the unification of its members through the facilitation of programs that strengthen the community of Black graduate and professional students across all disciplines. It serves to enrich the graduate school experience of students interested in Black culture. The BGSA fulfills this goal through programming that offers opportunities for professional and scholarly development, community involvement, and social exchange.

Congratulations Dr. Croney!

Writer(s): Kevin Doerr |

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