THURGOOD MARSHALL COLLEGE FUND TO HOST ITS 7th ANNUAL AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE IN PHILADELPHIA APRIL 16

Seventh Annual Awards of Excellence – Philadelphia Committee Headquarters
41 Cypress Street – Tenafly, NJ 07670
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Thurgood Marshall College Fund, Inc.
Preparing a New Generation of Leaders
 
 
 
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THURGOOD MARSHALL COLLEGE FUND TO HOST ITS 7th ANNUAL AWARDS
OF EXCELLENCE IN PHILADELPHIA APRIL 16
 
Distinguished Honorees Include Sports and Media Executives, Community Activist
 
Philadelphia, PA – April 16, 2009 – The Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) today
honored four distinguished leaders of the Philadelphia community with its 7th Annual Awards
of Excellence.
 
The Award is given to individuals who exemplify professional and civic excellence, and share
Justice Thurgood Marshall’s concern for civil rights and his passion for justice and education.
He graduated with honors in 1930 from Lincoln University in Chester County, Pennsylvania,
one of two Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the state. Cheyney University of
Pennsylvania is the other. Students and administrators from both schools were present during
the event.
 
“The community leaders we honor with the Awards of Excellence inspire our youth and serve
as role models for young men and women who are focused on reaching their full potential,”
Dwayne Ashley, President and CEO of TMCF.
 
2009 Awards of Excellence recipients:
 Robert Bogle - President and Chief Executive Officer, The Philadelphia Tribune
 Michael Coard, Esq. – Historian, Broadcaster and Community Activist
 Pamela Browner Crawley – Sr. VP/Public Affairs and Government Relations,
Philadelphia Eagles
 William J. Marrazzo – President & CEO, WHYY, Inc.
(Biographies of distinguished honorees attached.)
The event was held at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia.
 
About the Thurgood Marshall College Fund:
The Thurgood Marshall College Fund, Inc., named for the late U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice, was
established in 1987 and represents 47 public Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and 6 Law
Schools located in 22 states with a population of well over 235,000 students. It is the only national organization of
its type that provides merit-based scholarships and programmatic support to students attending the nation’s public
HBCUs. Over the last 21 years, TMCF has awarded more than $100 million in leadership development,
programmatic and capacity support, and scholarships enabling more than 7,500 students to attend public HBCU.
TMCF also provides internship programs and joins corporate and foundation partners in providing leadership
training and support to students preparing for undergraduate and professional schools. TMCF is a 501(c) 3, tax-
exempt organization.  
Seventh Annual Awards of Excellence – Philadelphia Committee Headquarters
41 Cypress Street – Tenafly, NJ 07670
Tel: 201/227-8427 – Fax: 201/227-8427 – This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
 
 
 
 
7TH ANNUAL AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE – PHILADELPHIA
 
2009 HONOREES
 
 
ROBERT W. BOGLE
President and CEO
The Philadelphia Tribune
 
Robert W. Bogle has served as president and chief executive officer of The Philadelphia Tribune since
July 1989. It is the nation’s oldest, and the Greater Philadelphia region’s largest newspaper serving the
African-American community.
 
Bogle is a former president of the National Newspaper Publisher’s Association (NNPA), and is a
founding member and president of the African American News and Information Consortium, a group of
premier newspapers that serve some of the largest markets in the United States.
 
Active in many professional, civic and social organizations, Bogle is chairman of the Hospitals and
Higher Education Facilities Authority of Philadelphia, and serves as a commissioner of the Delaware
River Port Authority, among others. President George W. Bush appointed him to serve as a member of
the National Museum of African American History and Culture Commission.
 
He earned his B.A. degree in Urban Studies from Cheyney University of Pennsylvania. He also
attended the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business and Finance, Temple
University, and the Rochester Institute of Technology in N.Y.
 
 
MICHAEL COARD, ESQUIRE
Historian, Broadcaster and Community Activist
 
Michael Coard is a criminal defense attorney with 15 years of state and federal trial experience,
specializing in murder cases. He is certified by the Court of Common Pleas to represent indigent
defendants in death penalty cases, and half of his criminal cases are generally taken pro bono.
 
He received his law degree from Ohio State University, and earned Bachelor’s degrees in English
Education and Political Science from Cheyney University of Pennsylvania. While serving as the
president of the Black Law Students Association, Coard led the campus activism that compelled Ohio
State University to divest all of its funds from companies doing business with the apartheid government
of South Africa.
 
As a community activist, Coard is a founding member of Avenging The Ancestors Coalition (ATAC).
He is also president of the Philadelphia Millions More Movement, and a state board member of the
ACLU.
 
Coard is also an adjunct professor in the African Studies Department and the Urban Studies Department
at Temple University, as well as a volunteer instructor of Criminal Justice in the university’s Pan
African Studies Program. His commentary can be heard on the Afrocentric “Radio Courtroom” show
on WHAT 1340 AM and WURD 900 AM.
 
Seventh Annual Awards of Excellence – Philadelphia Committee Headquarters
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PAMELA BROWNER CRAWLEY
Senior Vice President, Public Affairs and Government Relations
Philadelphia Eagles
 
Pamela Browner Crawley is the Senior Vice President, Public Affairs and Government Relations for the
Philadelphia Eagles.  Her primary responsibility is to serve as the official spokesperson for the
organization, manage day to day media operations and community outreach programs for the team.
 
A former ABC News broadcast journalist, Browner Crawley has spent more than 20 years in the
corporate communications field. Prior to the Eagles position, she served as one of Citizens Bank’s top
communication strategists, managing Community Reinvestment Act, corporate giving, community
relations activities and marketing sponsorships, among other areas.
 
Browner Crawley is a stalwart supporter of issues impacting the economic health of the community.
She serves on the board of the Philadelphia Workforce Investment Board, and has chaired both the
PWIB and the board’s Youth Council.  She recently rejoined the board of the Philadelphia Youth
Network, and serves on the board of Widener University.
 
 
WILLIAM J. MARRAZZO
President and Chief Executive Officer
WHYY, Inc
 
William J. Marrazzo is President and Chief Executive Officer of WHYY, Inc., the leading public
broadcasting station serving the greater Philadelphia region, the state of Delaware and southern New
Jersey. At WHYY since 1997, Marrazzo leads the movement to employ new digital broadcast
technologies to facilitate the region’s educational reform and economic development programs
 
Marrazzo began his career in 1971 as an engineer with the Philadelphia Water Department. He was
named Water Commissioner in 1979 and also served as the city’s Managing Director, the number-two
job after Mayor.
 
With a lifelong commitment to civic and corporate affairs, he currently serves on several boards,
including American Water Works, Inc., AmeriGas, the CEO Forum for Growth, the Philadelphia
Education Fund and the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, among others.
 
Marrazzo was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and grew up in Queens. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree
in chemical engineering from the University of Delaware in 1971, and completed graduate course work
for a M.S. degree in chemical engineering at Villanova University in 1976.