Gloria Hawkins (in red, with flowers) celebrates with friends and family at Union South on Monday night.

Dr. Gloria Hawkins was honored with a salute and surprise reception for her 41 years of dedicated service to UW-Madison at the Chancellor’s Scholars Spring Reception April 29 at the Varsity Hall of the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Union South.

Dr. Hawkins, who is set to retire soon, has touched many lives during her tenure as Assistant Vice Chancellor and Director of UW Chancellor’s and Powers-Knapp Scholarship Programs.

For decades, Dr. Hawkins has promoted academic excellence, advocated for equity and championed diversity through her work with students at UW-Madison. Previously, she was the assistant dean for multicultural affairs in the UW School of Medicine and Public Health starting in 1994.

Dr. Hawkins earned her doctorate in educational administration from UW–Madison, her master’s degree in guidance and counseling from Atlanta University, and her bachelor’s degree in music therapy from Michigan State University.