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Darlene Breaux Recognized with Presidential Award

Abilene Christian University (ACU) is proud to congratulate Dr. Darlene Breaux on being a 2024 recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the White House Administration. Due to her exceptional work ethic and volunteer services across Harris County and the state of Texas, Dr. Breaux was awarded this prestigious honor alongside her various other service awards, including School Board Member of the Year by the National Alliance of Black School Educators, an honoree as one of Houston’s Top 30 Influential Women, and recent appointment as the Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership program director with ACU Online. 

“This is just the beginning for Dr. Breaux,” said Dr. Stephen Johnson, chief executive officer of ACU Dallas. “Dr. Breaux exemplifies the true mission of ACU Online and continues to share her wisdom across the campus and the country. We are very fortunate to have her with us and hope to continue to see her legacy prevail.” 

The award is considered a tremendous honor. Signed by the enacting president, The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes United States citizens and lawfully admitted permanent residents of the United States who have achieved a tremendous amount of service hours over the course of a lifetime. The award equally recognizes volunteers’ valuable contributions to their communities and encourages more people to serve, inspire, and engage others to continue in their volunteer service. 

As a rising scholar and advocate for women in leadership, Dr. Breaux is thrilled to accept the award while not forgetting that her work is far from over. Continuing her vision to raise future educators and leaders for K-12 school districts in marginalized communities, this distinction is simply a credit to those who have encouraged her to pursue her passion for educational service. 

“I was shocked when I received this award,” said Dr. Darlene Breaux, program director for the Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership program. “It really was just a testament of how good and faithful God is. I have worked hard to be where I am today, but all the glory goes to Him.” 

Dr. Darlene Breaux graduated from ACU Online with her Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership in 2020. Previously, Dr. Breaux was an administrator for the Alief Independent School District in Houston, Texas, and Director of the Research and Evaluation Institute for the Harris County Department of Education. During her time as a student and beyond, Dr. Breaux has received several recognitions, including winning the “Outstanding Dissertation Award” from the Texas Council of Professors of Educational Administration for her work titled Teachers’ Perceptions Regarding Dyslexia Professional Development Training for Addressing the Social-Emotional Needs of Children With Dyslexia, honored in a special edition by Psychology Today.

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