“It is a tremendous honor to be recognized by the Toledo community for simply doing what I love to do, recruiting students and speaking to the benefits of higher education,” Pierce said. “To be recognized for something that you are passionate about is an immense honor and one that I share with my admissions team that works diligently with me to recruit students to The University of Toledo.”
The African American Legacy Project is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that documents and preserves the history of the African-American community in northwest Ohio.
In 2008, the organization established the Emerging Leader award to recognize those whose “work, work ethic, commitment to the community and individual spirit exemplifies the collective good of the Toledo community,” said Tracee Ellis, who serves on the Legends Luncheon Committee.
The goal of the Emerging Leader award is to place emphasis on the importance of education, professionalism and character regardless of vocation or professional field of study.
“The selection process begins in January and runs until May 1. This year our board of directors had roughly 30 candidates to choose from,” Ellis said. “As an Emerging Leader, Billy will be assigned a task to work with children of the Toledo community as a mentor to our youth.”
Pierce, along with the other five award recipients, will be honored at a luncheon during the African American Legacy Project’s annual Legends Weekend Oct. 4-5. Tickets will be available the first week of August and can be purchased at the organization’s office at 1326 Collingwood Blvd.