Florida A&M University Leaders Honored as ‘Women on the Move’ in Orlando

ORLANDO, Fla. – Florida A&M University College of Law Dean Angela Felecia Epps and School of Journalism & Graphic Communication Professor Lady Dhyana Ziegler, Ph.D., were among 30 women honored during the second annual ONYX Magazine Women on the Move celebration. 

The event, held on March 16 at the beautiful Alfond Inn in Winter Park, Fla., celebrated trailblazers and Floridians who have served to make a difference in their communities and have shattered glass ceilings, achieved their full potential, and paved the way for others in their chosen professions. 

“Our 2017 Women on the Move honorees embody the spirit and resilience of their predecessors – women like Fanny Lou Hammer, Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, Oprah Winfrey, First Lady Michelle Obama, and others who have dedicated their lives to transformative leadership,” said event co-chair Deidre Parker.

Epps is the first woman to be appointed a permanent dean of the FAMU College of Law, which was reestablished in Orlando in 2002. She assumed the role of dean in January 2016.

Prior to joining the FAMU College of Law as dean, Epps was a professor of law at the William H. Bowen School of Law at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR). Joining UALR in 1999, she also served as associate dean for Academic Affairs and professor of law from 2008-2014. 

Her teaching and scholarly focus is on criminal law, criminal procedure, and legal counseling, a reflection of her distinguished career as a legal officer and judge advocate for the United States Marine Corps. She previously served as a managing attorney for the Georgia Legal Services Program in Albany. 

“I am honored to be recognized by Onyx Magazine alongside such outstanding women,” Epps said. “This is a great way to celebrate Women’s History Month and to raise awareness of Florida women who are contemporary trailblazers and living legends.” 

Ziegler is FAMU’s Garth C. Reeves Eminent Scholar Chair and the author of three books. She is a Governor-appointed commissioner for the Florida Commission on the Status of Women and a four-time Governor’s appointee to the Board of Trustees of the Florida Virtual School. She was knighted as a Dame of Justice in Cambridge, England in 2008, was a Fulbright-Hays Scholar to China, and is a member of the Oxford Roundtable and public member of the Foreign Service.  

“It is an amazing honor to have been selected as one of the 2017 Women on the Move,” said Ziegler. “These incredible women have planted firm footsteps on the path of life for others to follow that will remain a part of Florida’s history for decades to come.”

Onyx Magazine is Florida’s premier publication aimed at African-American readers and celebrates the accomplishments and contributions of African-Americans and those of the African Diaspora in the Sunshine State.

Founded in 1887, Florida A&M University is among the nation’s top producers of African Americans receiving bachelor’s degrees. The University has received national recognition for its world-class learning environment offered within its 100 degree programs. The National Science Foundation ranks FAMU as the No. 1 HBCU for research and development expenditures, and U.S. News & World Report lists FAMU as the No.1 public HBCU in the nation. 

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