Champion Publisher Carolyn Glenn honored with award

The Champion Newspaper publisher Carolyn Glenn poses with University System of Georgia Board of Regents member Jim Hull at the 2018 Regents’ Scholarship Gala March 2 after Glenn received the Regents’ Hall of Fame and Distinguished Friends Award
Carolyn Glenn, co-owner of ACE III Communications and publisher of The Champion Newspaper, was honored March 2 with a Regents’ Hall of Fame and Distinguished Friends Award from the University System of Georgia Foundation Board of Trustees at the 2018 Regents’ Scholarship Gala.
 
Glenn received the award after a nomination from Albany State University (ASU), where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in business education in 1967. According to the ASU Alumni Association, Glenn is the single largest individual donor in the 100-year history of ASU.
 
“Carolyn brings a wealth of understanding of the HBCU [Historically Black Colleges and Universities] experience,” ASU Alumni Association President Maria Boynton told The Champion. “She has unselfishly given of her time and resources to support our University. She is the epitome of what ‘supporting your HBCU’ is.”
 
She entered ASU in 1963 after graduating from high school at the age of 16. After ASU, Glenn moved on to receive two Master of Science degrees from Georgia State University, one in business and vocational education in 1972 and one in educational administration in 1985.
 
Glenn spent 20 years in public education, as a secretary, business teacher, vocational coordinator, and high school administrator. In 1991, Glenn and her husband, Dr. Earl Glenn, established ACE III Communications and founded The Champion Newspaper with Glenn as publisher. The Champion is the official legal organ and newspaper of record for DeKalb County. Since 1996, The Champion has been the most award-winning weekly newspaper in the Georgia Press Association. 
 
In 1999, they launched Atlanta Goodlife, a magazine focused on the lifestyles of African Americans in the Atlanta metropolitan area. In 2008, Glenn became the president of the Earl and Carolyn Glenn Foundation. With the support of the foundation, Glenn and her husband created Unconditional Love for Children, which provides opportunities for disadvantaged children through educational enrichment programs, life skills training, athletics and access to health services. 
 
She has been a longtime foundation board trustee and past chair at Georgia Perimeter College and has endowed a perpetual scholarship for students at Albany State University.
 
In 1994, she received the Benjamin Hooks Business Award from the DeKalb branch of the NAACP. In 1995, her newspaper won two Business of the Year Awards, one from the South DeKalb YMCA and another from 100 Black Men of DeKalb. Also in 1995, Glenn was named Outstanding Entrepreneur by Success Guide. In 1996, she was named Businesswoman of the Year by the South DeKalb Business Association. 
 
The Atlanta Business League named her Businesswoman of the Year in 1997, and one of the 100 Top Black Women of Influence from 1996 to 2014. She has also been named a Woman of Distinction by Living Word COGIC and listed among six influential Georgia women in Women Looking Ahead magazine. She won a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Award from Georgia Perimeter College in 2006, and a Trail Blazer Award from Congressman Hank Johnson in 2013.
 
Glenn led a Golden Anniversary Campaign for her 1967 ASU graduating class in 2017, culminating in significant gifts for need-based scholarships.

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